Super Seven: Post Shoe Camp Update

The first major events of July are out of the way. The three All-Star shoe camps are in the bag and now the AAU season has begun. We take a look at the status of the Wildcats' "Super Seven" and see what is going on with their recruitment.

The best news is that none of the Wildcats' top seven recruiting targets have committed or dropped the Wildcats. The bad news is that none of them have committed to the Wildcats. The Cats will add at least one of these players and there is even a chance two more players could be added to the class of 2006.

It must be noted that these are predictions based on the info available right now. A lot can change over the next few weeks. We'll post another column of this nature after the Las Vegas tournaments.

Darrell Arthur, 6-9, 215, PF, Dallas (South Oak Cliff), TX
Arthur was not at his best at the ABCD Camp in New Jersey. Maybe worse news is that he stated that the Wildcats are not on him as hard as they were at one time. This is a strange statement as Reggie Geary watched a number of his games and Josh Pastner has been personally recruiting the fellow Texan. Right now he seems to be looking at staying in Texas. This may mean the Longhorns have an advantage, but don't count out hometown SMU, especially if he wants to be a one and done player.
Schools: Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, SMU, Arizona and possibly others.
Arizona's chances: Fair
Best guess: Texas or SMU

Chase Budinger, 6-7, 180, SF, Encinitas (La Costa Canyon HS), CA
Budinger is hurt, but he was at ABCD for photos. He left before talking with the media, so most of his recruitment is just speculation. Sources close to the recruitment indicate that he had a great time at the Arizona Elite Camp and that the Wildcats may be the leader. USC is probably right there, with UCLA needing to make up some ground.
Schools: Arizona, USC and UCLA.
Arizona's chances: Very Good
Best guess: Arizona over USC

Spencer Hawes, 6-11, 225, C, Seattle (Prep), WA
Hawes is doing nothing to diminish his stock. Although Greg Oden and Kevin Durrant get most of the love in the 2006 class, there are some who feel that he is as good, or better, than either of them. He was among the best players at the Nike Camp. He is currently listing eight teams and is not tipping his hand. He has a number of ties to Washington and until he says other wise they seem to be the leader.
Schools: Arizona, UCLA, Washington, UConn, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Stanford.
Arizona's chances: Fair
Best guess: Washington

Quincy Pondexter, 6-6, 180, Fresno (San Joaquin), CA
Pondexter's stock is rising. He was huge at Pangos and was an all-star at Adidas. He has made no attempt to hide the fact that he likes the Cats. So why hasn't he committed? It seems as if something has prevented that from happening. There were some grade issues last year and one has to wonder if those are completely resolved. There is also the issue that Arizona has made little effort to conceal their interest in Budinger and Lance Thomas, could this be a minor obstacle? The fact that other big time programs are really starting to show the love may also factor into his indecision.
Schools: Arizona, Washington, Kansas, Georgia Tech, UConn, Memphis and Tennessee.
Arizona's chances: Very Good
Best guess: If Arizona really wants him, I think they can get him, if not it seems that Washington has a slight advantage.

Alex Stepheson, 6-9, 215, North Hollywood (Harvard-Westlake), CA
Stepheson is good enough to generate a ton of interest from elite programs, but few seem to be making him a top priority. He's played well in events and shows a lot of promise, but everyone seems to have other big men that they like as much or more. He's very closed about recruiting, so it he is very tough read.
Schools: North Carolina, Wake Forest, UConn, Arizona, Georgia Tech and Washington.
Arizona's chances: Good
Best guess: I hate to guess, but I get the feeling that if UNC wants him they could get him, if not it is anyone's best guess.

Seth Tarver, 6-5, 185, SF, Portland (Jesuit), OR
Tarver can be frustrating. He can put together an amazing performance and then disappear the next game. He has a lot of talent, but may be the biggest project of the wings Arizona is recruiting. If the Cats land Budinger it would be interesting to see if they would want to add the Portland native as well. He is patient and will let the process play out which could benefit him in the long run.
Schools: Oregon State, Arizona, UConn and Miami.
Arizona's chances: Good
Best guess: Oregon State over Arizona

Lance Thomas, 6-9, 200, PF, Newark (St. Benedicts Prep), NJ
Thomas played well at ABCD, but not great. Many expected more out of the top-15 recruit, but there is no doubt that he is an elite prospect. Thomas shocked a few by saying that he, Derrick Caracter and Earl Clark were considering going to Rutgers as a package deal. This probably won't happen but it could be tough for the Wildcats to pull Thomas off the East Coast.
Schools: Rutgers, Arizona, Duke, Connecticut, Florida, Villanova and others.
Arizona's chances: Good
Best guess: No clue. Thomas is hard to read. One day Arizona looks to be in great shape, the next it sounds like Villanova, Duke or someone else is in control. This one goes on for awhile.

Remember these are just predictions and there is a lot that can change over the next few months. Players may drop off or be added to the mix. There is a lot of recruiting left to do.

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