Recruiting update: May 27th

The biggest recruiting news of the week was the signing for Chukwuma Okwandu for 2004, but there is plenty of news for the class of 2005. The Cats are in the top three for one big time recruit, while they appear to be slipping on a few others.

Seattle's Terrence Williams still appears to be the Wildcats' top point guard prospect, but that does not necessarily mean that the Wildcats are intensifying their pursuit.

"If they've [Arizona] picked up their interest in me I haven't heard about it," Williams said.

While that might not sound promising on the service, it isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Cats have already been showing the 6-6 guard a lot of love. After Mario Chalmers committed to Kansas, many figured that the Wildcats would crank up the heat on Williams. So far they have maintained the same amount of interest that they have been showing for months.

Louisville gets a visit on June 11th and it looks like he could visit Indiana the weekend before that. Kansas and Arizona round out the top-four, but he has not nailed down visits to Tucson or Lawrence.

Williams and Michigan's Chris Douglas-Roberts are the only point guards that the Wildcats are hotly pursuing.

Julian Wright, the 6-9 forward from Chicago, has the Wildcats in his top-three.

"I would say at this time Arizona, Illinois and Kansas, those have been my three that have showed interest early. I think they'll still be on there."

Wright lists six schools: Arizona, Illinois, DePaul, Kansas, Duke and Indiana. He's looking to narrow the list down sometime in July. All of the schools on the list have offered scholarships except for Duke.

Wright is among the best players in the country. He's ranked No. 9 overall by the Insiders and is a guy who can play either guard spot. More impressively, the big man actually ran the point at times for Homewood-Flossmoor High School last year.

"I started off working on my passing skills on the break," Wright said. "Me playing point guard last year and seeing things helped me a lot. I try not to be structured; I just got out and play off instincts. Sometimes I wonder how people see certain things on the court, now I'm starting to see them."

One concern about Wright is that he will look at the NBA following his senior season. Although he has not talked NBA at this point, he certainly has the size and skills to consider a jump.

The Cats seem to be slipping with a pair of Texans. C.J. Miles and Kevin Rogers have both been listing the Wildcats, but as of now the Wildcats do not seem to be in their top-four. The pair are talking as if they will be a package deal. ``Every school that is recruiting him is also recruiting me, except for Duke," Rogers said. "We've become really close since the first Team Texas practice and we talk about going to the same school all the time."

``We talked about it just the other day," Miles added. "It's what we're trying to do."

Rogers has North Carolina, Kansas, Georgia Tech and Baylor atop his list. Miles shares UNC, Kansas and Baylor – but replaces Paul Hewitt's program with Texas. Rogers is also seriously considering the Longhorns.

Both have visited Baylor and surprisingly the Bears are in the hunt.

``At first, neither one of us thought we'd consider going there," Miles said. "But when we thought about the fact that we could go together and the playing time is there. It's so close and is a perfect fit. Both of us went down there and really liked it, so it's one of the schools we're really looking at."

Arizona is not out of the running for the wing and the power forward, but they have some work to do to get back into their favorites.

The Cats were dealt another minor blow when two-sport star Martellus Bennett gave a soft verbal to Miami. The Wildcats had been recruiting the tight end/power forward to play both sports and the Houston native says that he will go through the entire recruiting process. He has indicated that he will visit Tucson in September.

The Cats have another 2006 prospect listing them. Ohio's Richard Semrau has the Cats in his top three. The 6-9 forward likes the Wildcats, Kentucky and North Carolina a little bit more than UCLA, Louisville and others.

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The information used in this story was compiled from reports by Mike Hughes, Dave Telep and Jeff Goodman

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