Recruiting round-up

It wasn't the busiest weekend for college basketball recruiting, but it wasn't without news. We'll take a look around the country for the latest happening in the world of recruiting and how it affects the Wildcats.

The biggest news is that Mario Chalmers visited Kansas. Apparently the visit went well but the point guard did not commit to the Jayhawks. Chalmers is the Wildcats' top guard prospect and is still open. He already visited Tucson and the Cats appear to be right there, if not the leader.

Just because Kansas did not get a verbal from Chalmers, don't think they aren't going to have a good week. TheInsiders' Dave Telep reports that two former Wildcat recruits may pledge to Kansas this week and fill out the 2004 class. C.J. Giles and Alex Galindo both considered the Wildcats before signing with Miami and UTEP respectively. After both schools had coaching changes, the players got out of their Letters of Intent and re-opened their recruiting. Both are expected to announce shortly. Neither looked at Arizona the second time around.

Washington wing Micah Downs is also expected to join the Jayhawks. The 2005 small forward is having a great spring and will be a top recruit. Arizona scouted Downs, but never made many inroads on him.

We've been reporting for some time that Arizona was backing off of Anthony Goods and Lawrence Hill and recent interviews with the players confirm those reports.

Goods visited Cal this weekend and had a good visit. He'll visit Stanford and Washington over the next few weeks. He's considering Georgia Tech and Kansas, but they may be putting him off as they pursue players like Mario Chalmers and Terrence Williams.

"Georgia Tech and Kansas want me to wait to the fall," the 6'3" athlete told Mike Eubanks of TheBootleg.com. "But I doubt that I'll be waiting that long to make my college decision."

Arizona does not appear to be in the picture, although it seems to be a joint decision. The Cats see Goods as more of a two-guard and Goods feels other schools are a better fit. They aren't completely out and could probably make up some ground if they wanted to.

Fendi Onobun's commitment spelled the end of Arizona's involvement with Lawrence Hill, but he is still a top target of a number of Pac-10 opponents. Hill has scheduled a visit to Stanford in September and is also hearing from UCLA, ASU, Utah and UCSB. It seems as if his early affinity for the Cardinal and Cats may have scared off some programs, but expect other West Coast schools to get involved.

One of the top targets in the New York City area is 6-foot-9 Theo Davis of Cardozo High School in Bayside, New York. "If you put a gun to his head and he had to choose some schools it would be two schools," Naclerio said. "Texas and Syracuse. But it's a long way to go. But if you had to pick a couple of schools he would choose from if he had to sign today it would be those schools."

Naclerio also stated Davis has scored a qualifying mark on the SAT. Naclerio also indicated that other schools are being seriously considered besides Texas and Syracuse. "Georgetown, Florida, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Indiana and UCLA are also in there," Naclerio said.

In tragic news, 2006 wing recruit Khelcey Barrs passed away earlier in the week while playing in a pick-up basketball game.

Don't expect the Wildcats to go after any elite center prospects in the class. With every decent high school center jumping straight to the pros, the Cats will avoid the potential heartache. Expect them to either recruit slightly undersized power forwards (i.e. Jon Brockman and Kevin Rogers) or taller players that need more seasoning (Jordan Wilkes and Brett Hoerner).

The Wildcats are making pushes for wings Derrick Brown and Marcus Williams. Both players are improving their stock in the early tournament schedule. Expect both to be higher-level recruits by the end of the summer.


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