Hoops recruiting round-up

Recruiting just rolls along. It may be the "quiet" period, but there is plenty of news. Although coaches can't contact players, players can still contact coaches. Marvin Williams was in town and the Wildcats learned that Jordan Farmar is going to be a Bruin. Here is a look at some of the goings-on in Arizona hoops recruiting.

The Cats and Florida lost out on Jordan Farmar, but they are eyeing a few more of the same point guards. Shaun Livingston was in Gainesville this past weekend and is still interested in Arizona, Duke and Illinois. Apparently he is interested in Louisville as well, but the Cardinals are not showing a lot of interest right now.

Both teams are trying to get more involved with Jason Horton, the talented point guard from Cedar Hill, Texas. Apparently the Gators are doing a good job attracting interest. Arizona could be out of luck with the presence of Mustafa Shakur in a Wildcat uniform for at least the next year or two.

So far Horton is not listing the Wildcats among his favorites, but did mention them as a team he kept his eye on as a kid. Ironically enough, he is planning an unofficial visit to ASU and at this point has the Sun Devils among his top schools. Kansas has also made up a lot of ground.

The Cats should be looking for point guards or combo guards in July when the coaches attend the two big recruiting camps.

As of now it sounds like the Cats will not offer a point guard in '05, but that could change depending on how this year's recruiting class goes and whether or not anyone leaves the program. With Nic Wise on his way to Tucson in '06, the Cats seem hesitant to add anyone unless there is a huge need. One player who could be in the mix is Moreno Valley (Canyon Springs), CA's Andre McGee. We've been told by those close to McGee that he loves the Arizona program. The 5-10 McGee has a ton of talent, but needs to refine his game. At this time he is a better scorer than he is distributor, but looks to have the ability to do both.

A pair of Phoenix players had impressive showings at the first day of the Pangos Camp in Los Angeles. Swingman Ty Morrison is turning heads with his athleticism. We've seen Morrison play on a few occasions and feel that he can perform on an elite level. His decision making needs some work; at times he tries to do too much and other times he is unselfish to a fault. We're hearing grades could be an issue and at this time the Cats have shown no interest. That could change as the summer develops, especially as they evaluate their needs on the wing. Another option could be prep school. If Morrison goes that route, the Cats could look to him in '05.

Christian Polk, a guard from Deer Valley, is also making a name for himself. He has very good offensive skills, including a nice pull-up jumper that keeps defenders guessing. He's still very thin, but he's only a freshman! The biggest thing to look for is what position he will play. He's been a point guard, but some think he will be big enough to be a wing. With Nic Wise in the fold, the Cats won't recruit him as a point guard, but with his scoring ability he could become a nice wing with a few more inches. He's around 6-2 now and with his long build he should get taller. From what we've been told he loves the UA.

Arizona is also turning its attention toward another swingman. Michigan's Malik Hairston has a list of schools that reads like a who's who of basketball powers. Many think he'll stay in the Midwest, but UCLA has some appeal and the Cats are starting to come on strong.

The Cats could be looking for a post player in this class as well. With Ndubi Ebi's status up in the air, Dennis Latimore's transfer and Channing Frye a possible NBA defection, the Cats could really use another post player for 2004.

The Cats were spurned by Robert Swift but hope to make up ground with Mohamed Tangara. The 6-9 big man is said to prefer Louisville at this time. He took an unofficial with the Cardinals, but the Cats, Tigers and Wolverines should all get a visit in June.

You can bet the Cats will continue to evaluate big men as the summer progresses.

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