Hoops notes: June 26th

Between the Summer Pro League and basketball recruiting, there is a lot going on around the Wildcat hoops squad. What is usually a quiet time for hoops in Tucson, is actually quite hectic.

Some have been a bit disappointed in the play of Kirk Walters at the TSPL. He's putting up solid numbers, but folks want to see a near seven-footer dominate.

One thing going against Walters is that he is doing next to no cardiovascular work. The Wildcat weight staff is trying desperately to add more muscle to his frame and is having him lift weights and consume lots of protein. They are trying to keep calorie burning exorcises to a minimum.

The good news is that Walters is getting bigger, the bad news is that his endurance is going to suffer a little bit.

The goal is to get Walters to about 245 pounds before he heads back to Michigan in mid July. The fear is that he may lose weight while he is away.

Two other players have weight issues as well.

The player most fans are concerned with is Isaiah Fox. The Wildcat big man has battled weight issues his whole career. According to many sources close to the situation, Fox is in the best shape of his life. His actual weight is not much lower, but his body fat is down and his lean muscle mass is up.

Fox has not participated much in the TSPL, but that is not because he is not interested. The Wildcat coaches have told him he can only play when games do not interfere with his training sessions with the conditioning staff.

Freshman-to-be Fendi Onobun has the opposite problem as Walters. He lifted too heavy after the conclusion of his senior season and is too muscular. He is nearly 20 pounds heavier than he was when he suited up for Alief-Taylor high school and it shows. He is much more explosive playing between 220-225 than he is right now. He'll be just fine by the start of the season and the weight staff will do a nice job in getting him to the perfect combination of strength and explosiveness.

The Wildcats will have their first ever invitation elite camp this week. The camp will feature a number of the top players on the West Coast. Most are being seriously recruited by the Wildcats. Top-tier recruit Chase Budinger injured his hand at the NBA Players Camp this past weekend but will apparently still attend the camp. He will be limited in what he can do, but should be able to do many drills and attend all the class room sessions.

Expect the Cats to put the hard sell on Budinger and try to get the talented wing to commit before he leaves.

A number of former Wildcat greats will be in town for the Elite Camp. Expected to be in town is Mike Bibby, Richard Jefferson, Luke Walton and Jason Terry. The alumns and the recruits will play pick-up at 2:45 on Friday. It is open to the public.

Another 2006 commit, PG Nic Wise, led his team to the championship of the NBA camp.


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