Prince a Wildcat!

It appears as if the Wildcats have completed their 2005 recruiting class. Point guard J.P. Prince has committed to Arizona over Vanderbilt.

"I'd like to win the national championship my sophomore or freshman year," Prince said. "We need to win the Pac-10 championship, I want my degree and I want to grow as a person." J.P. Prince is the third verbal commitment for the Wildcat basketball team. He joins Houston forward Fendi Onobun and Seattle wing Marcus Williams as players who are expected to sign letters of intent this fall.

Prince is a 6-6 point guard in the mold of Penny Hardaway and Shaun Livingston. He's a four-star recruit who's rated by the Insiders as the No. 4 point guard and the 29th rated player overall in the nation.

One person who has long been a fan of Prince is the Insiders' National Recruiting Director Dave Telep.

"He's one of the biggest risers of the summer," Telep said. "We've always had him in our Top 50. There might not be five other guys in the country who are better teammates, and have a better feel and understanding of the game. J.P.'s not a big scorer. He's not a great shooter. But he's going to be an excellent leader."

Prince often gets described as "Shaun Livingston-lite" but that is due mostly to the NBA rookie's better scoring ability. Prince is long and lanky like his cousin, Detroit Pistons' standout Tayshaun Prince and could develop into a defensive terror.

At this point Arizona appears to be finished recruiting, at least for the early signing period. Technically they have just two scholarships to give, although it is believed that at least one player on the current roster will leave the program prematurely. The Cats are also awaiting word on Nigerian center Charles Okwandu. Okwandu signed a letter of intent over the summer but a number of factors have kept him from enrolling. There is a very good chance he could join the team in January or next fall.


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