A final look at the recruiting weekend

With three major recruiting camps going on simultaneously, it is tough to get all the information that was coming out of Indiana, Georgia and New Jersey. We have spoken with people at all the camps and have an overview of a lot of the recruiting tid bits on many fo the top players the Wildcats are looking at.

Word is that Martell Webster is considering the NBA, but has told media sources that he is 80% certain that he will go to college. However, he has made it a point of saying that he only wants to stay one or two years. He has also told some staffs that he may wait until the spring to make a decision. This could make it tough on the Wildcats because they have to land a big wing in the class. However, it could also work in their favor as they could get an early pledge from a wing and then have a scholarship open in the spring to sign Webster.

What makes this so tough is that Webster is still listing the Wildcats as his clear favorite. He is easily a top-15 player, and when healthy, arguably the best best wing in the nation.

Reports of Arizona and will wait until fall to make a visit. Apparently his father loves the Wildcat coaches and wants his son to take a good look at the program before writing them off.

Alex Stepheson struggled a bit at the addidas camp, but there is no doubt that he can play. Despite a rough go of it his abilities shown through at the camps. He has an offer from the Wildcats and will remain a top 2006 prospect for the team.

Another 2006 player to watch is Derrick Jasper. The young shooting guard was impressive in Atlanta and will be a pretty good player in the class. Expect the Wildcats to keep an eye on this one.

The Wildcats will take a run at Ricky Sanchez. At 6-11, Sanchez is actually a perimeter player. There has been some talk that the family is pressuring him to make a run at the NBA, but he looks to be a college bound player at this point.

The Wildcats may or may not take a big man, but if they do Washington. All three have offered, but we've heard the Huskies may be slipping.

Two elite wings that the Cats still love C.J. Miles. Like Webster both may be good enough to consider the NBA, but they are also too good not to make a run at. The Cats probably like Wright slightlu over Miles, but only because of his versatility in the front court.

You've heard the hype about 2007 guard Jaryd Bayless and it may be all true and then some. Bayless has been amazing at the Nike camp and will be one of the most sought after recruits in that class. Olson and Pastner were front and center every time he took the court in Indianapolis.

Expect Wildcat coaches to take a closer look at D'Andre Bell and Davon Jefferson. Bell especially has turned a lot of heads and could work his way into the Wildcats' plans. Observers love his work ethic and attitude and his ability is not far off. Jefferson has the talent to play for the Wildcats, but may not have the size. Both players are very interested in the Wildcats and we're hearing the UA coaches will continue to evaluate both players.

Bell is an explosive wing who always works his tail off. He has a nice stroke, especially mid-range and sees the floor pretty well. Jefferson is a power forward who is active around the basket, but has more of a wing's body.

Kevin Rogers. A few other players are outside possibilities, but more than likely they will wait until 2006 when there are more quality big men.

Some observers are not impressed with the play by North Carolina interested.

Another interesting point guard is Jabari Currie of Detroit. Currie improved his stock over the weekend. It may not have been enough to get the elite programs interested, but it may catapult him into the Big-10 or another high major conference.

Although he gets less headlines than some other wings, Marcus Williams remains a realistic possiblity for the Wildcats. He will probably visit Tucson in the fall and could be the safest bet for the Cats. He's a top-25 player, but could be a safer bet to go to college than Miles, Webster or Wright. In a perfect world the Cats would love to land two wings and Williams may very well fit into that scenario.

Chase Buddinger already has an offer from the Wildcats and did nothing to make the coaching staff rethink the offer. He has played very well, despite devoting time to volleyball.

Seth Tarver played very well this weekend. He has been hearing from Arizona and should hear more from them. The 2006 wing told us he likes Arizona a lot.

The Wildcats may make a late run at Leo Criswell, but it will be really tough to get involved this late in the game. Criswell is a talented power forward and had an impressive weekend.


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