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NCAA Basketball Recruiting: Analyzing top 10 teams for 4-star PG Jeremiah Fears

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Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats are currently unbeaten thanks to a roster filled with talented depth from top to bottom. Caleb Love and Pelle Larsson lead the way, while sophomore Kylan Boswell has had a nice sophomore campaign. The odds are fairly good that Larsson and Love won't be around for a 5th year, opening up some room in the backcourt.

However, Arizona still has other young guards on the roster. Jaden Bradley, KJ Lewis and Conrad Martinez are on the roster, while four-star guard Jamari Phillips is part of the 2024 class. This is a place where Fears would have to at least wait one year for meaningful minutes but the Wildcats are good enough of a program to be willing to go through it.

Illinois Fighting Illini

As the original "local" option, Illinois should have a good shot here. It also helps that they've been a team that has yet to have a true point guard running the offense for the past couple of years, yet it still works. This is a roster that'll be losing a lot of senior guards after this season, including star Terrence Shannon Jr., Marcus Domask, and Justin Harmon.

Illinois still has freshman and former top-40 prospect Dravyn Gibbs-Lawhorn and has four-star commit Jase Butler joining. Plus, this is a program that's also transfer-happy each offseason. Fears still would have a nice role at this option, likely sooner rather than later.

Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa is a team that under Coach Fran McCaffery, is normally an elite offense. Outside of senior guard Tony Perkins, this is a fairly young backcourt overall. Sophomore Dasonte Bowen (6.8 ppg and 3.6 apg) runs the offense but outside of Josh Dix and Brock Harding, there aren't other scoring options.

Fears could come in and have an immediate impact as a scorer. The team might be better than some of the other Big Ten options so if having a big role early isn't the end-all-be-all, the Hawkeyes will struggle to have a better case than others.