Parker Jackson-Cartwright commits to Arizona

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Miles Cartwright's younger brother, Parker Jackson-Cartwright, has found his new home for the next four years at the University of Arizona.

“As a big brother, I’m really proud. People always say that having a little brother is the closest thing to having a son," Miles said. "Me and my brother were really close and I knew how tough the recruiting process was on him mentally and emotionally. But I’m really happy for him, he’s worked really hard for this and Arizona is a great fit — Sean Miller’s a great coach. They’re going to have a lot of great players there and he’s going to have a lot of opportunities to win championships.”

As reported by ESPN, Arizona and UCLA were the two main contenders for the point guard's talents, but a late push from Gonzaga almost led Jackson-Cartwright to the great northwest. Ultimately, however, Arizona head coach Sean Miller was the deciding factor in leading him to the Copper State.

After visiting Tucson over the weekend, Jackson-Cartwright was ready to make his decision.

“Gonzaga was really right there. They got his interest right away when they offered him," Miles said. "Being on the west coast you watch a lot of WC basketball cause they’re always televised, he thought it was a real possibility but Arizona was obviously the better fit in his eyes.”

Jackson-Cartwright, who stands at 5-foot-9, has averaged 14 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals per game this season for Loyola High of Los Angeles.

Parker showed promise from the beginning, which is why his father Ramon pushed him into a Double Pump Skills basketball camp in Los Angeles helmed by current Penn assistant coach Scott Pera when Parker was just four years old.

ESPN has him ranked as the 30th best prospect in their rankings, and the seventh best point guard in the class of 2014.

While Arizona is not done recruiting, the Wildcats are glad to fill a pressing need at the point guard position, and Jackson-Cartwright was at the top of their wish list.

 

Should Miles be taking notes from his younger brother?

Miles Cartwright is coming off one of his worst games of the season — a 1-7 shooting performance against Princeton at Jadwin Gymnasium. Meanwhile, his younger brother Parker Jackson-Cartwright is tearing up the high school circuit, despite being listed as just 5-7.

City League Hoops TV recently spotlighted the diminutive junior point guard from Los Angeles, who ESPN calls "the best point guard . . . [it has] seen since Baron Davis laced them up at Crossroads High School." Validating this high praise, Jackson-Cartwright has already reeled in offers from virtually every Pac-12 school, including Arizona, Washington and UCLA.

Unlike his brother, however, Jackson-Cartwright's unlikely to come knocking at Penn's door anytime soon. In addition to having storied basketball programs, Arizona and UCLA are both currently on the rise in college hoops, and it goes without saying that the Quakers have gone anywhere but up since last season.

Still, it's nice to dream.