Cats setting up their in-home visits, lose one

The 2004 recruiting class could really take shape in the next two weeks. Few coaches are as good in a players' homes as Lute Olson and he will be making the annual trek starting this week. If Olson can work his magic, it is not too farfetched that the direction of this class may be known by this time next week. <B>UPDATED 9-26, 2:05 a.m.</B>

Olson will hit the road this weekend. Before any sales pitches can be made, Olson will conduct a Nike coaching clinic in Iowa, his old stomping grounds, on Friday Sept. 26.

While Olson is conducting the clinic, two Wildcat recruits will be on the road taking official visits. Davis Nwankwo, the 6-9 center from Maryland, will visit Virginia. Combo-guard Isaiah Swann, who is attending Hargrave Academy in Virginia, has apparently dropped Arizona and will visit UConn before deciding between the Huskies and Florida State.

Olson will be in the Nwankwo home on Sunday night after Nwankwo returns from Virginia. Nwankwo favors Arizona at this time, while his parents are very intrigued with Stanford. What is interesting is that the younger Nwankwo had to sell his parents on Stanford after taking a very early visit there in the spring. Now he has to convince them that Arizona is the place he wants to be, that is, unless Pete Gillen and his staff impress the young post player.

There have been reports that Georgia Tech wants a visit, but apparently he is through with visits in an effort to focus on the SAT and ACT. Nwankwo is already qualified but wants to improve his score to be eligible at Stanford.

Olson was going to then try to see Swann on Monday, but that looks to be no longer on the itenerary.

One player taking a look at the Swann situation is Shaun Livingston. Livingston's father was very interested in what Swann would do. Even though the nation's top point guard is favoring Duke and Carolina, he is still very much interested in the Wildcats and wanted to know what his status is after hearing of the attention Swann is getting.

"We're very curious about what he (Swann) is going to do," said Livingston's dad.

Now that Swann is out of the picture, there is no other guards on the Wildcats' radar screen. Livingston is slated to visit UA for Midnight Madness although the Wildcats are trying to arrange a visit sooner.

The Cats are also eyeing a pair of West Coast players as well and Olson is expected to make in-home visits with them in early October. Reports say that Rodney Tention was in Washington to see Giles in the past few days and it looks like Olson will make his in-home with the Seattle big man on October 4th.

Giles, like Livingston, is slated to visit Arizona on Midnight Madness, but the Cats would probably like to push for a commitment before then. Giles will visit Kansas this weekend and the Jayhawks should be pushing for a commitment by the visit's end.

Olson will visit seven-footer Robert Rothbart on October 5th. Rothbart appears to be a fall-back recruit, but he will visit the weekend of October 10th.

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