Former Baylor commit open again

Arizona already has one commitment for the 2006 recruiting class and now they are back in the hunt for another top Texan. Chris Roquemore committed to Baylor a few months ago, but now he's reconsidering and Arizona is among his favorites.

Chris Roquemore is another Houston Hoops player who is eyeing Arizona. He committed to Baylor in November but is having second thoughts.

"I de-committed to Baylor," Roquemore said. "I'm thinking UConn, Texas and Arizona. Texas leads."

He told the Insiders' Dave Telep that's he's still considering the Bears among his top five schools.

Roquemore is going to be a player. He already is an excellent shot blocker and performed well on a national stage with Houston Select at the spring Texas Classic. He's a high-major player, with a strong body. He's pushing 6-9 and should be even taller by the time he gets to college.

He played very well at the Slam Dunk Tournament in Lewes, Delaware. He had two double doubles. He scored 20 points and grabbed 10 boards in a 78-63 loss to Newark (NJ) St. Benedict's. He later had a 12-point, 11 rebound outing in the tournament.

Roquemore plays better when he stays inside, but he can stroke it from the outside and looks to be an athletic power forward on the college level. More important to Wildcat fans is the fact that he can run the floor and is very comfortable in the up-tempo game.

He originally committed to Baylor because Jerome Tang, an assistant for the Bears is the former head coach at Heritage Christian. He and Roquemore struck up a relationship and that was a big part of Roquemore's early commitment.

"When Coach Tang first saw me, I said I would go to Heritage," Roquemore said. "Then when he went to Baylor, well, I just love Coach Tang."

Now it appears the Longhorns lead and one key reason is the close proximity.

"[Being close to home] is real important because I wanted my mom to see me play," he said.

Arizona does have a few advantages. Roquemore plays for the Houston Hoops which is run by Hal Pastner, father of Arizona assistant Josh Pastner. Although the elder Pastner does not steer players to his son, the ties sure can't hurt. He's also a teammate of Nic Wise, the sophomore point guard who has already committed to Arizona.

Arizona is in no rush to offer any other younger players, but Roquemore is surely on their radar screen.

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