Recruiting round-up

It was a big weekend for basketball recruiting, especially in the Pac-10. Three players the Wildcats had some amount of interest in committed to stay in conference, while another player they looked at pledged to Louisville. We re-cap all of this weekend's news.

The biggest news for Wildcat fans is that Martell Webster still has the Cats as his leader.

"That's my top choice right now," said Webster of Arizona. "I'm keeping it there right now until I take some visits. I just like Lute (Olson) and the style of play. I'm not 100 percent about the program but I'm going to find out once I take my visit."

The 6-6, 195-pound SG from Seattle (WA) Prep has a top four, but acknowledges that he's still keeping his options open. The Cats, Washington, UCLA, and Oklahoma comprise his top four at the moment. He has offers from all four.

"There's a chance that something could change, but my four schools right now are as they stand," said Webster. "I have another whole year, so we'll see what happens then."

Stanford was the big winner over the weekend. The Cardinal got commitments from forward Lawrence Hill and point guard Anthony Goods. Both players had long been on the Wildcat radar screen, but neither were still being seriously pursued. Hill was downgraded because of the verbal pledge of Fendi Onobun, while Goods just didn't seem to fit the Cats' style.

Although Arizona was not heavily involved, both players are still very good. Hill can play both forward spots and is very young for a player in his grade. Goods is more of a scoring point guard, but he has a lot of athleticism. We were not overly impressed with him at the Las Vegas Pump camp, but he stepped up his game at Pangos and showed that he has some big time ability.

Another point guard landed at a Pac-10 school. UCLA received a verbal commitment from Darren Collison. He's ranked as the No. 2 point guard in the west behind Mario Chalmers. The Wildcats were not in on Collison, but we heard they had evaluated him recently, so it is not out of the question that they may have tried to get involved at a later date.

Amir Johnson had been listing Arizona, but pulled the trigger and will attend Louisville. The Cats liked Johnson, but he wasn't as high on their list as a Jon Brockman or Kevin Rogers. Johnson was not the only commitment for the Cardinals, former Wildcat recruit David Padgett announced he would transfer to Louisville after one season at Kansas.

Guard Andre McGee also committed to Rick Pitino over the weekend.

Marcus Williams, an all-around 6-6, 190-pound SG/SF from Seattle (WA) Roosevelt HS, has a top-seven list he is working off of. Florida, Connecticut, Texas, NC State, Arizona, Washington and Gonzaga are some of the many schools that are in the hunt. NC State, Washington, Gonzaga have offered. Official visits will help Williams enormously in his decision. He originally felt that he might need all five of his allowed visits, but isn't quite sure anymore.

"That's a lot of visits," said Williams. "I thought at the beginning that it wasn't, but not that I've realized that there will be ten days of pressuring to sign and all that, I think that I might not (take all five). If I need to and I feel that confident about five schools, then I will, but it will probably be around three or four."

One of the more impressive performers at this past weekend's Rose City Showcase in Portland, Oregon, was Playaz Basketball Club guard Wayne Ellington. The athletic 6-3, 175-pound shooting guard from The Episcopal Academy in Merion (PA) did his best to keep the Playaz going after an opening round loss in the tournament, and helped the team eventually finish in fifth.

It's still a little early, but a whole host of high-majors dot Ellington's current list. North Carolina, Duke, Arizona, Connecticut, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Villanova, and St. Joseph's are some of the many that have shown some interest in the wing.

Eric Gordon, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard out of Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central, proved to be one of the top players in the class of 2007 at the Tournament of Champions in late May. Gordon, playing on the loaded Speice Indy Heat team, scored 20 points to help lead his team to a tournament title over the New Orleans Jazz. While it's very early in his recruitment, Gordon has already received offers from Indiana, Illinois, and Arizona, while Duke has sent an assistant to watch him.

Theo Davis, a big center from Canada, is no longer considering the Wildcats.

Brockman and Brayden Bell have been named to the West team in the Men's Youth Development Festival to be held June 24-27 in Colorado Springs.


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