TUCSON, Ariz. – Lauri Markkanen, 5-star power forward from Helsinki Basketball Academy, has commmitted to Arizona.
Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported the story, and keep in mind this is a very big commitment for the Wildcats:
Five-star PF Lauri Markkanen has verbally committed to Arizona, he told Scout.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) October 17, 2015
According to the industry generated 247Sports Composite, Markkanen is the No. 18 power forward in the 2016 class. It’s worth noting that the 247Sports only rankings are much higher on the new Arizona commit as well, though. Per 247Sports, Markkanen is the No. 7 power forward in his class, as well as the No. 21 overall recruit in the nation.
Markkanen is 6-foot-11, 225 pounds. He’s Arizona basketball’s first 2016 comitment, and his 5-star ranking alone has really pushed Sean Miller Wildcats’ class onto the national scene. According to the 247sports Team Recruiting Rankings, the addition of the Markkanen has pushed Arizona’s ranking up 45 spots to No. 71 nationally. Of course, that’s a ranking that will only go up as more recruits join the class, and in recruiting getting a strong start is half the battle.
Without a doubt, landing Markkanen would qualify as a strong start for the Wildcats.
According to Daniels’ report, Utah and North Carolina were also in contention for the 5-star’s commitment. He had taken official visits to both schools earlier in the month, but committed while one his official visit to Arizona this weekend.
Markkanen is a native of Helsinki, Finland.