Ebi named Parade All-American

Wildcat recruit Ndudi Ebi was named to the Parade All-American team. The 6-9 senior from Houston, Texas joins player of the year LeBron James on the first team list. Also joining Ebi are a number of players the Wildcats had visit during the recruiting process.

Ebi, who guarded James at the McDonald's All-American game, is the lone Wildcat signee to make the prestigious list. Neither Kirk Walters or Mustafa Shakur were named to the team, although Shakur is a prep school player.

It is the third year in a row the Wildcats have had at least one player on the Parade team and the fifth time in six seasons. Last year Andre Iguodala and Hassan Adams were on the second team and Chris Rodgers was named to the third team. In 2001 Channing Frye made the fourth team. All told 10 Wildcat recruits have been Parade All-Americans in the Lute Olson era. Five more Parade All-Americans have transferred into the program.

Along with Ebi on the first team is Kris Humphries, Brian Butch and David Padgett, three players who all visited Tucson. Butch and Padgett each took official visits, while Humphries visited on his own. Second-teamer Ekene Ibekwe and fourth-teamer Ayinde Ubaka were also pursued by the Wildcats.

Peoria, IL point guard Shaun Livingston made the fourth team as a junior. The 6-6 Livingston is currently being recruited by Arizona.

The Pac-10 is well represented. Along with Ebi five others on the Parade list are headed to Pac-10 schools. Cal has two representatives in Ubaka and first-teamer Leon Powe. Second-teamer Trevor Ariza (UCLA) plus third-teamers Aaron Brooks (Oregon) and Roderick Stewart (USC) should give the conference a plethora of talented newcomers.


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