Recruiting Update: May 6th

Recruiting is in full swing. The Arizona coaches have been scouring the country to visit players and evaluate talent. Here is an update on what we are hearing from the wild world of hoop recruiting.

Although the 5/8 rule has been repealed the Cats won't add any more players barring something major happening. There was talk that David Padgett, C.J. Giles or Alex Galindo could be interested in Arizona again, but don't expect any of the three to wear a Wildcat uniform. Giles and Galindo appear to be more interested in other programs, while the word is that Padgett burned some bridges during his initial recruitment.

The Cats number one big man target appears to be Jon Brockman. The Washington native has really impressed the Wildcat coaches. Lute Olson went to his high school to meet with the 6-8 banger and apparently made a favorable impression on the entire Brockman family. The Cats want to add a combination of toughness and athleticism and Brockman combines both of those. He's a true post player, who is not afraid to mix it up inside.

Make no mistake, the Cats are still in love with Mario Chalmers and the feeling appears to be mutual. Chalmers is by far and away the team's guard prospect. Olson has been to Alaska to visit Chalmers, and at least one Wildcat coach has seen every AAU game he has played in. The good news is that childhood favorite North Carolina is slipping in his recruitment, but Kansas is making a push. He will visit Lawrence, although one source says that if his Tucson visit surpasses his Kansas visit, a commitment could be forthcoming.

The Cats may be cooling a bit on Terrence Williams. There are some questions about his attitude and we've heard that the coaching staff is very worried about players that could adversely affect team chemistry after this past season. There are also questions whether he can really run the point at the college level.

6-5 wing Marques Johnson is listing Arizona. Not to be confused with California's Marcus Johnson, this Johnson is a native of Indiana and is an Insiders' five-star recruit. He favors Louisville, North Carolina and Notre Dame, but the Wildcats are in the hunt.

Just who does Marcus Williams like? The wing player told both Cat Tracks and Phog.net that the Wildcats were in the picture, but failed to mention Arizona the StateFans.com, the Insiders' NC State site. However, he failed to list Gonzaga to Phog.net, but listed the Bulldogs to the other two sites.

Just a few weeks ago he was very high on Arizona and we know he called Arizona assistant Rodney Tention in the past few days. However, the fact that Arizona has other wings higher on their list and may not be going hard after his good friend Terrence Williams (no relation), may have diminished the Wildcats' in his eyes.

One wing the Cats are very high on is Dallas' Calvin Miles. Miles so impressed Lute Olson at the Kingwood Classic that he may rival Martell Webster and Julian Wright in terms of being the top wing on the Cats' wish list.

Speaking of Wright, Olson recently visited the highly rated forward in Chicago, and it sounds as if that meeting went very well.

We've heard that the Cats are evaluating Derrick Brown, a 6-7 sleeper from Dayton. The Wing has attracted some interest from the likes of Cal, Michigan State and NC State.

The Insiders' No. 2 center prospect, Canadian Theo Davis, is listing the Cats. Davis is an intriguing prospect, he has all the skills to be a dominant big man on both ends of the floor, but there are those that don't think he can live up to his high billing. The biggest question is his intensity. According to Phog.net's Eric Bossi, there are times he looks like he does not want to be out on the court.

The Cats really aren't recruiting Anthony Goods at this point. The PG is still a high major recruit, but he may be more of a scorer than a distributor and the Cats want someone to do both.


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