Recruiting round-up: Aug. 1st

The summer recruiting events are wrapping up and the Wildcats' recruiting plans are taking shape. The coaching staff got their final chances to evaluate talent, and they now head back to Tucson and wait for the official visits to begin.

One player who wants to decide before making an official visits is Marcus Williams. Williams wants to take at least a trio of unofficial visits and possibly decide then. Williams wants to visit Arizona, UConn and Maryland for sure. Arizona is thought to be in great shape, but there is one hang-up. As of now Williams does not have an offer from the Wildcats.

The coaches have been out in force to evaluate Williams, but as of now an offer has not been extended. There are a couple of reasons why an offer is not in place for the nations 25th best player. The first reason is that the Cats could prefer the ‘Big Three' of C.J. Miles, Julian Wright and Martell Webster. Perhaps the Cat coaches fear that if Williams were to commit he would scare away players they like better.

The second reason is that the Cats just don't like Williams. This seems less plausible because Williams is a terrific wing. We've heard that some scouts question Williams' intensity, and he may not have played as hard as he could in front of Olson and the staff.

Miles is now listing the Wildcats in his top three. According to a story in the Kansas City Star Miles told the paper that Kansas, Georgia Tech and Arizona are his favorites.

"I've narrowed it down to the schools that have spots for me to come in and play," Miles told the paper. He adding that he hadn't ruled out North Carolina and Texas, either.

His Team Texas teammate Kevin Rogers has a smaller list he told the Star that Kansas was his leader, with Arizona right behind.

"I'm still leaving things open, but Kansas is the top school for me right now," Rogers told the paper.

Team Texas fell to the Illinois Warriors in the finals of the Price Chopper Invitational in Shawnee, Kansas outside of Kansas City. Leading the Warriors to the win was Wright, another top Wildcat recruit. Wright lists a top-three of Arizona, DePaul and Illinois and some close to the situation feel that the Wildcats may be the slight leader.

Josh Pastner was in Kansas City to watch the Tournament, while Rodney Tention was in Los Angeles at the End of Summer Tournament. Neither coach was on hand to watch guard J.P. Prince at the AAU Nationals in Florida, but it may not matter. Prince has the Wildcats in is top-five and insists that he wants to visit in the fall.

Prince is a 6-6 point guard who most recruiting analysts love. There seem to be some concerns about his jump shot and lack of offensive diversity, but in the end he is a great athlete who can play all three perimeter positions.

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