Arizona lands top-10 recruit Joson Sanon with early arrival plan

5-star 2025 prospect will reclassify to join UA in Fall


TUCSON — Arizona received a commitment from top-10 recruit Joson Sanon, a versatile wing who plans to reclassify from the Class of 2025 to arrive in Tucson in August.

Sanon is rated as a five-star prospect and ESPN, 247 Sports and On3 listed the 6-5, 185-pound combo guard from Vermont Academy as a top-10 recruit in 2025. Sanon, ranked ninth in the ESPN Top 60, was down to offers from UConn, Kentucky and Arizona.

“I love the fit, the way they score, how they get you open,” Sanon told ESPN on Wednesday. “They play at a fast pace, and being in the center of a high-powered offense was attractive. I wanted to get locked in before things really get going with the transfer portal.”

Sanon is projected as a first-round pick in the 2025 NBA Draft, according to ESPN and DraftXpress.

“I had a couple of benchmarks for this season that would help me decide if I’m ready to graduate high school early,” Sanon told ESPN. “I wanted to win a championship, lead a team, be a primary scorer, and really lock in defensively. I’m physically strong enough for college. The next step is learning how to think the game better and adding to what I already do.”

Kansas, Louisville and Indiana had also been among the top options for Sanon, who will attempt to trace the path of Bennedict Mathurin from Arizona to become the second Haitian player in the NBA. Sanon’s parents emigrated from Haiti before he was born.

Arizona is a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but coach Tommy Lloyd will need a number of reinforcements with top scorer Caleb Love and senior guard Pelle Larsson among those likely moving on after the tournament.

The Wildcats’ 2024 class already included Riverside, Calf., power forward Carter Bryant, who picked Arizona over Duke.

–Field Level Media