Finland native Lauri Markkanen committed to the Arizona Wildcats during his official visit, sources told ESPN on Saturday.
Multiple coaches who have seen Markkanen, a 7-footer, told ESPN he would be considered a top-25 player if he were in the United States. They also said he is a possible one-and-done candidate for the NBA draft.
"The amount of progress he's made in the last year is really impressive," an NBA scout told ESPN. "He'll get picked whenever he declares."
Markkanen led the FIBA U18 European Championships in scoring this summer, averaging 18.2 points per game while shooting 53.9 percent from the field. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds.
"He's a little bit late-blooming as you would expect," the scout said. "He's a really good athlete, can run, fluid, can really shoot, made some shots at the U18s that had some Dirk [Nowitzki] to them. He has unusually good footwork and nimbleness for a big."
Markkanen is Sean Miller and Arizona's first commitment in the 2016 class.
He is the younger brother of Eero Markkanen, a professional soccer player who was in Real Madrid's system in 2014-15, and the son of Pekka Markkanen, who played basketball at Kansas for one season under Roy Williams in 1989-90 and professionally in Finland until 2007.