Garland Judkins had planned on attending Brewster (N.H.) Academy, a popular basketball prep school, next season. Saturday, he accepted an offer to play for the Arizona Wildcats instead.
Judkins, a 6-foot-4-inch, 200-pound guard from Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center High School, said Sunday that he is already NCAA eligible. He called his guidance counselor last week to change his plans — from prep school to college.
"They need a point guard this year," Judkins said of the UA. "I accelerated my credits, and I'll be there."
Because he accepted the offer so late in the recruiting process, Judkins will not sign a binding letter-of-intent. Rather, he will arrive on campus in August.
UA assistant coach Russ Pennell watched Judkins and his Texas D1 Ambassadors play Saturday at the Great American Shootout AAU tournament in Denton, Texas.
Judkins said Arizona originally offered him a scholarship for the 2009-10 season, but he bumped it up a year after prized recruit Brandon Jennings said Tuesday he would play in Europe instead of for the Wildcats.
The 17-year-old Judkins said, "I feel that I can play anywhere I decided to go," but is excited by "the opportunity I'll get" because of Arizona's lack of guard depth.
Sophomore shooting guard Zane Johnson played only 74 minutes last season. Nic Wise, walk-on David Bagga and recruits Brendon Lavender and Kyle Fogg round out the UA's backcourt players.