Mohamed Tangara LOI update

Are you worried yet? This has been a weird enough recruiting year that Wildcat fans are sweating the fact that as of Saturday morning Mohamed Tangara's letter of intent had not been received yet. Sure the Tangara camp has maintained the commitment was firm and Lute Olson hinted on Wednesday that he expected another LOI on Saturday, but in a year where players have shunned the Cats for USC and Florida State, anything can happen. So, just what is the deal?

"I'm picking him up from the airport in two hours," said Mohamed Tangara's mentor Linzy Davis said Saturday morning. "He an I are meeting, signing it and faxing it off today."

Davis confirmed it was just a matter of getting the LOI signed by the proper parties. Tangara has had no second thoughts.

"He's 100% Arizona," Davis said/

The reason his LOI was late was a logistical matter. Tangara plays for Mt. Zion academy, while Davis, his guardian in America, lives in Georgia. The letter has to have signatures by both parties to be legit. In the end it wasn't second thought or cold feet, it was just a problem with distance.

Tangara is a 6-9 post player who is a vital part of this recruiting class. He's a big, strong presence down low who will bolster the Wildcats front line next season. Offensively he's raw, but very athletic.

"He's got a ton of upside," said one observer at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis. "He'll be great someday."

Tangara is very coachable and is a tireless worker on the court. He should step right in a press for time in the frontcourt, especially if Channing Frye departs early for the NBA.

The native of Mali came to the United States in an effort to improve his chances of becoming a professional basketball player. He has stated previously that he hopes to earn enough money to help out his family back in Africa.

When his letter arrives he'll officially become the third member of the recruiting class, joining swingman Jawann McClellan and guard Daniel Dillon. The Wildcats are still waiting on word from another big man, Maryland's Davis Nwankwo. Seven-footer Robert Rothbart's interest in Arizona seems to be waning, TheInsiders have reported that Indiana may lead and that a number of schools including USC, UCLA and Kentucky are trying to get involved.

Arizona's class is currently ranked 23rd by TheInsiders, but would go up if either Nwankwo or Rothbart commits.

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