Cats eyeing their 'Super Six'

The Wildcats now have two pieces of the 2006 recruiting puzzle filled. Point guard Nic Wise and big man Jordan Hill are solid commits for the class. Now the big question is who are the Cats still going after and how many scholarships are left?

On the surface the Wildcats have just one scholarship left to give. They lose seniors Hassan Adams, Chris Rodgers and Isaiah Fox off a full roster. However, the team may give out an additional scholarship if they feel like they may lose an underclassman. Mustafa Shakur, Jawann McClellan and Ivan Radnovic could all consider the pros if they have a stellar season next year. Shakur has never been shy about his pro aspirations and if he can rebound from an up and down sophomore season he can vault to the top of a lot of pr draft boards. The fear of a transfer is a specter that the Wildcats always deal with. They are especially loaded at the wing where at least seven players will vie for time. History has taught us that at least one of those wing players will not be happy with his playing time.

So what are the Wildcats going to take? For sure they'd like to get a wing. The top three players are Chase Budinger, Lance Thomas and Seth Tarver. It sounds as if the Cats would take both Budinger and Thomas in a heartbeat. Thomas is more of a combo-forward, while Budinger is a pure perimeter player.

Other wings still being evaluated include Derrick Jasper, Quincy Pondexter and possibly Raymar Morgan.

Grabbing another big is not out of the question either. The Cats love Spencer Hawes, Darrell Arthur and Alex Stepheson. If one of these players wanted to commit, I can't see them being turned away.

The Cats are still in on the likes of Brian Carlwell, Bryce Webster, Darris Santee, and possibly Bryan Davis, but they are either longshots or still being evaluated.

As the summer camps get rolling, more names will surface, but right now the Cats seem pretty set on their ‘Super Six'


Nic Wise
Point Guard
5-10, 180
Kingwood, HS
Kingwood, TX
Jordan Hill
Power Forward
6-10, 210
North Springs HS
Atlanta, GA


Darrell Arthur
6-9, 200
South Oak Cliff HS
Dallas, TX

Spencer Hawes
6-11, 225
Seattle Prep
Seattle, WA

Alex Stepheson
6-9, 210
N. Hollywood, CA


Chase Budinger
6-7, 185
La Costa
Canyon HS
Encinitas, CA
Seth Tarver
6-5, 185
Jesuit HS
Portland, OR
Lance Thomas
6-9, 200
St. Benedict Prep
Newark, NJ

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