J.P. Prince has a great visit

The Cats continue to host some top talent. A week after a visit and commitment from Marcus Williams, the Cats welcomed one of the top point guards to Tucson. J.P. Prince was in town and took in all that the Wildcats had to offer

J.P. Prince, is a 6-6 point guard from Memphis. He was in Tucson over the weekend on his official visit and really seemed to have a great trip.

"It couldn't have gone any better," Prince said. "It went great. I had a lot of fun with the guys, like Jawann, Hassan and Jesus. Coach ‘O' was cool. I like Josh (Pastner) a lot."

Prince is a point guard in the mold of a Penny Hardaway or Shaun Livingston. He's got the height and length of a small forward, but is clearly a point guard. Prince has great floor vision. Although at a number of programs he could see the floor faster as a wing, Prince indicated that he wanted to be a point guard "from day one."

Prince's father is a former college assistant coach and knows how recruiting works. J.P.'s father was on hand for the visit and the two will discuss their impressions later in the week. Because of his experience's his father knows all the tricks of the trade and has taught J.P. what to look for.

Prince is also the cousin of NBA star Tayshaun Prince. Tayshaun has warned J.P. about what to look for, but isn't influencing his decision at all.

"That hasn't factored in at all," said Prince. "[Tayshaun] hasn't really given me any advice. My father knows what to do being a coach himself.?

During his visit Prince had a surprise when he showed up to play pickup. Former Wildcat greats Luke Walton and Richard Jefferson were on hand. Prince did not have to match-up with the two NBA players as he was on their team for each pick-up session. Neither player recruited very hard, but they were willing to chip in with their opinions.

"They didn't push me but they did put in their two cents," Prince explained. "They told me it was a guards' school and they develop guards for the next level."

Prince got along with the current players and that could be key. Prince says that the off the court relationships could be more important than things on the court.

"I am really looking at how well I'll get along with the guys," said Prince. "You have to be comfortable with the guys you will be with for the next four years. I'm looking for guys I have things in common with besides basketball."

Prince weighs in at 175 pounds and in addition to being the 4th ranked point guard in his class he is also a very bright student. Prince carries a 3.4 G.P.A.

Although Prince's visit went very well, he isn't ready to declare the Wildcats, or any team, as the leader. The Cats did, however, make a good impression.

"They are in great shape," Prince said.

"I still have a top five. I like Florida, Arizona, NC State, Vanderbilt and Memphis," stated Prince. "They are all different and cannot really be compared."

Prince has one visit remaining and will be in Florida the weekend of October 8th. After that he will decide.

"I'll decide by the end of October," Prince said.

A big question in luring Prince to Arizona will be the role of Mustafa Shakur. If Shakur leaves early for the NBA, Prince has a chance to come in and battle for the vacant spot. Even if Shakur stays for his junior year, Prince would likely see a lot of time.

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: Prince could be a vital get for the Wildcats. There are no guarantees that Mustafa Shakur will be around when Prince gets on campus, and he may needed to help solidify the Wildcat point guard spot. The Wildcats can not afford to get caught short handed at point guard and Prince would not only give them a talented player, but an immensely intriguing prospect who can do many things.


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