Wildcat coaches making in-home visits

The Wildcats' 2005 recruiting class is going to really take shape over the next few days. On Monday night they met with two players and more in-home visits are to come. The next two weekends will see three top prospects come and visit.

On Monday night Lute Olson and Rodney Tention made two visits in the Seattle area. They spent time with both Marcus Williams and Martell Webster. Both are big time wings, who can do things differently. Williams is a thinner, jack of all trades. He's more of a two guard who can pass, rebound and knock down shots.

Webster is a bigger, stronger, more explosive player. A good shooter, Webster gets to the hoop and can do a lot of damage inside as well as on the perimeter. He was hurt for most of his junior season and was never quite 100% over the summer. Despite the leg injury, Webster is still a top-15 player, who has topped some recruiting services top-100 lists.

According to sources close to the commitment, both visits went very well. Williams and his mother listened intently to Olson and Tention made their presentation and had plenty of questions for the staff. According to one source the Wildcats have told him that they would ideally like to take one wing and one combo guard.

Williams will be in town over the weekend and it will be a good opportunity for both the Wildcats to sell the program and for Williams to sell himself. Olson has always listened to his players and their opinions on visiting recruits and if they rave about Williams, his stock could rise in Olson's eyes.

The biggest thing to come out of the visit with Webster is the fact that he is apparently telling coaches that he will now make a fall decision and sign in November. Previously, he was leaning towards a spring signing, but that could have hurt his chances to sign with one of his favorite schools.

Webster will make his visit in two weeks and all indications are that the Wildcats still lead for his services. The hometown Huskies are in good and North Carolina has made up a lot of ground in the past few weeks. The Huskies make their in-home visit on Tuesday and the Tar Heels are in his living room the next night. As of Tuesday afternoon Webster had no visits set up, but that is likely to change as he meets with Lorenzo Romar and Roy Williams.

There is no rest for Lute Olson. He's still on the road, heading east to meet with more prospects. On Wednesday night he will meet with Chris Douglas-Roberts. As of now the talented combo-guard does not have a visit set to Arizona, but that could change with the in-home.

On Thursday night Olson and Josh Pastner venture to Memphis to meet with J.P. Prince. Prince's family proves to be an interesting challenge for the Wildcats because his father knows full well what the coaches are trying to accomplish. Prince's father used to be a college basketball coach and knows full well all the tricks of recruiting.

The Cats are continuing to evaluate more players. They have recently been sent tapes of California wing D'Andre Bell and have also begun looking more at Dior Lowhorn.

They continue to pursue Diamon Simpson and combo guard Jessie Sapp recently named Arizona as one of his four favorites, even without an offer.


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