Hoop visit could aid the football team

Arizona will have their second player making an official visit this weekend and he'll have the eyes of two staffs looking to see what he might do. Fendi Onobun is a fast rising forward recruit and if decides to pull the trigger, the move may benefit the football program as well as the basketball team.

Arizona has been on Onobun for quite some time. He made an unofficial visit last year and has long had the Wildcats among his top teams.

The 6-6 forward plays for Hal Pastner's Houston Hoops AAU team. Hal Pastner is of course the father of Arizona assistant Josh Pastner, so both parties are very familiar with each other.

Some have speculated that Onobun may be making the early visit so that he can pull the trigger on a very early commitment, but Onobun claims that is not the case.

"No, I'm just looking," Onobun told TheBootleg.com. "I'm just looking to see if it's a fit for me - how the program is run, how strong are the areas where I want to study. The area, the people. Just looking to see if it's a program where I want to be, and a school I would like to attend, too."

Onobun can play either forward spot, although he's built like a wing. He played the post in high school and averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds this past season at Alief (TX) Taylor High School. When we saw him last spring he was very athletic, but very raw. He was a great rebounder and aggressive down low, but from all indications he's worked hard on his game and has become much better at scoring while facing the basket.

The football staff will be very interested in how well the visit goes as well. No, they don't want Onobun to play wide receiver, but they'd love one of his high school teammates to play tight end. Martellus Bennett is one of the best players in Texas and Mike Stoops' squad would love to land him.

Bennett is a two-sport star at Taylor and has already been given the okay to play both sports at Arizona. He'd come in on a football scholarship, but he's been told there is a roster spot for him on Lute Olson's squad.

At 6-5, 220 Bennett is a bruiser on the hardwood. Despite his size, he's got a lot of athleticism and that shows when he plays football. At this point and time most schools like him as a tight end, but he could also be a very interesting defensive end prospect.

Schools like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and LSU have offered for football, while UCLA joined Arizona in offering a chance to play both sports.

Bennett has talked with Onobun about playing at the same school and the football standout actually considered coming out this weekend, but now looks to be coming some time during the football season.

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