LA swing allows UA coaches to scout players

If the Wildcat coaches did not have enough on their minds with having to play USC and UCLA, they also had to do some recruiting during their swing through LA. The West Coast has a number of top prospects that the Cats are looking at and many of them were competing over the weekend.

Thursday night's game at the Sports Arena saw a number of top Los Angeles prep players in attendance. A number or Westchester players and coaches were on hand to watch the Trojans upset the Wildcats. Marcus Johnson, the 6-5 swingman has long favored Syracuse slightly ahead of Arizona, USC and UCLA and he had a chance to see two of his favorites up close.

"He's such a great kid and very talented," said Westchester assistant coach Marlon Morton. "He'll be a good one."

Westchester is loaded again and could have as many as 10 Division-I players on campus. The day after the USC game the team had a hearing to restore big man Amir Johnson's eligibility. Johnson had been suspended after being charged with an illegal transfer when he left Verbum Dei for Westchester. Both Morton and Athletic Director DeWitt Cotton were confident that the center would have his eligibility restored. Johnson is another player who is considering the Wildcats and despite not playing a game this season he will be one of the top players in the west.

Friday night Wildcat coach Rodney Tention went out to see Centennial HS guard Andrew Goods. Goods' stock is rapidly rising and he is a true combo-guard, which the Wildcats would like to add in this class. Goods is somewhat of an unknown at this point but has become a very intriguing prospect. It remains to be seen if he is "Arizona good", but the Wildcat coaches will certainly have their eyes on the 6-3 prospect who can play either guard spot.

Most likely Mario Chalmers will be the Cats' top guard target in the '05 class. The talented guard out of Alaska was in Los Angeles over the weekend and he certainly impressed Lute Olson and Rodney Tention Saturday night when they went out to see him play Lynwood High School after the UCLA game. Chalmers had 28 points and five assists in the 66-60 loss, but he is undeniably one of the best guards in the nation.

Following the Los Angeles road trip Tention headed to the Northwest, specifically to Seattle. The Cats are after a number of players from the Emerald City and the Wildcat assistant reportedly dropped in on at least a few more guard prospects.

The Cats look to be recruiting at least three players from Washington and maybe as many as five or six.

Marcus Williams is one player who could move up the recruiting lists. The 6-5 scorer from Seattle's Roosevelt HS is more of a wing, but is very athletic. He's the top scorer in Washington's 4A, averaging about 28 points a game.

Jon Brockman may not be as high profile as many post players the Wildcats are considering, but he could b a perfect guy for this team. Brockman is big and strong and can bang with the best of them. He's around 6-7, 235 and is not afraid to use his size. He's not the most athletic player, but he has nice footwork and is a great scorer near the basket.

Terrance Williams is a 6-6 point guard who has great size and determination. He is a very good passer and a very good athlete. Last season he averaged seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists a game and those numbers are even better this season. He's averaging 13.8 ppg for the 12-1 Rainier Beach Vikings.

Of course the cream of the crop of the Washington players, and one of the best in the country, is Martell Webster. Webster is still recovering from an injury but expect the Wildcats, and many elite teams, to go hard after the nation's top small forward. He just returned to action, but has yet to log significant minutes.

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