Cats host a number of unofficial visitors

Arizona dominated Oregon State over the weekend and the win served two purposes. The Wildcats impressed the selection committee and had to have impressed the six recruits making unofficials.

While Salim Stoudamire was putting on a shooting exhibition, a number of good young players were watching. Maybe the biggest name in the group was Phoenix's Jerryd Bayless. Bayless is one of the top point guards in the 2007 class and really burst onto the scene at the Nike All-American Camp last summer.

He's a strong, quick and explosive guard who has very nice floor vision. Bayless has a good mid-range game and an adequate three-point shot. He missed a lot of his sophomore season with a broken wrist but it has not hurt his stock at all.

Bayless returned to action this week, helping his Saint Mary's club to a 64-61 win over Gilbert Highland. He entered the game in the third quarter and scored nine points to spark the win.

Bayless is looking at a number of the nation's top programs and the Cats appear to be seriously in the mix.

Christian Polk, Bayless' teammate with the Arizona Magic, was also on hand on Sunday. Polk is a scoring guard who has seen his stock really fluctuated over the past few years. He burst onto the scene as a freshman but came back to earth as other players in the 2006 class got noticed. However, of late he is again getting a lot of looks. He boasts offers from Arizona State, Miami, Florida State and Indiana and has heard a lot from the Wildcats, UConn and North Carolina.

A final Phoenix product was also on hand. Scottsdale Christian forward Kevin Coble is a relative unknown but should be one of the best seniors in the state next year. He'll have to improve a lot to be a Wildcat-caliber recruit, but expect him to make some waves this summer on the AAU circuit.

Coble had a game-high 15 points in the Arizona 2-A state finals.

Three Californians were also on hand. The best of these players is Mater Dei big man Alex Jacobsen. He's a 6-11 center who is currently rated as's No. 4 center in the 2007 class.

Although he has a long way to go, most scouts say he has a nice feel for the game. Jacobson can hit the jumper from 12-15 and looks like he can be a solid inside-outside big man.

The final two visitors are teammates from Villa Park, CA. Sean Williams is a 6-10 center who is still a relative unknown. The biggest problem in evaluating Williams is that he is very thin and still growing into his body. He is listed at 190, but may be lighter than that. As he matures and becomes less awkward he should become a better prospect. As it stands, he's a very effective shot blocker, but incredibly rough around the edges.

Williams' teammate Drew Viney is the much better prospect at this time. He's rated as a four-star prospect and is a top-10 wing in's early evaluations.

He's around 6-5, 180 but is still growing and still developing. He has a nice frame right now, but could be really put together by the time he is a senior. He's a shooter, with great range. He's accurate from three and forces you to guard him well beyond the arc. Cat Tracks will be catching up with each of these prospects and find out how the visits went.

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