Recruiting Update: Point Guards

So far the Wildcats have struggled in their attempts to bring in a combo-guard as part of the 2005 recruiting class. After this weekend's recruiting camps the team has some new players in their sites.

Arizona has struck out with two of the early attempts to lure a top tier point guard. Mario Chalmers chose Kansas, while Terrence Williams decided he could not wait and visit in the fall and committed to Louisville. Williams long favored the Cats, but between their pursuit of Chalmers and lack of summer visits, the Wildcats missed out on the 6-5 guard.

The Cats have been on Michigan's Chris Douglas-Roberts for some time. Another big guard, Douglas-Roberts had a great spring and is now the No. 3 point guard in the class. Arizona appears to be in good, but it is always tough to pry a kid out of the Midwest.

Arizona, Duke and North Carolina appear to be in very good shape, but he hasn't ruled out any of the many schools on his list.

Douglas-Roberts may be the top choice for the Cats, but they can't rest all their eggs in that basket. After scouting the past weekend's three recruiting camps a few other point guards may have done enough to attract the attention of ‘Point Guard U'.

J.P. Prince has begun listing Arizona in recent weeks and may have shown them enough this past weekend to keep the Cats interested. Like Douglas-Roberts, Prince is a big combo-guard who prefers the ball in his hands. "Everyone here knows I'm a point guard," Prince said recently.

Prince, a Memphis product, is the cousin of former Kentucky standout Teyshaun Prince. His game is a combination of his cousin's and another Memphis standout, Penny Hardaway. He's in the neighborhood of 6-7 and has the thin build both those players possessed coming out of high school. Although he has small forward height, he clearly has point guard skills.

"I just want to get better and make people better," Prince said. "I've been about team. I play to win."

The biggest obstacle for the Wildcats could be location. Most of his schools reside in the SEC or ACC and he has made some mention of not wanting to go too far from home. However, he has family in California and was very interested in Stanford before Mike Montgomery bolted for the NBA.

Another Michigan guard is gaining a lot of momentum. Jabari Currie had a great showing this past weekend and could hear from more elite schools. He came close to committing to Ohio State, but backed off when Jim O'Brien was fired.

A relative unknown, Austin Johnson could get a serious look. A combo-guard, Johnson is a tremendous scorer, once putting up 24 in one quarter of a high school game. The 6-3 combo guard from Amarillo plays on the same Team Texas squad as UA recruits CJ Miles and Kevin Rogers.

Just how much the Wildcats recruit these players remains to be seen, but we've heard that Josh Pastner and Rodney Tention will be out to see these players over the next week. The two Wildcat assistants, along with head coach Lute Olson, will also be at various events to keep an eye out for more guards who are good enough to be considered by "Point Guard U".

Tention was in Los Angeles on Monday watching a few different events and don't be surprised if some new names emerge out of this weeks' events including the Pangos Camp, Three Stripes Tournament and the Peach Jam.


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