David Padgett update

David Padgett, a 6-11 center from Reno (HS), Nev., will make his official visit to the UA campus this weekend. I caught up with Padgett and we discussed the upcoming visit and some of the questions he hoped to answer.

When I called, David's father, Pete Padgett, who's also David's high school coach, answered the phone, so we talked first.

David and his father were in Las Vegas last weekend at the Pump Easter Tournament. However,  David did not play in the tournament. He dislocated his kneecap two months ago and has just recently started to work out. According to Pete, they didn't want to rush the process and play in Las Vegas.

"It just wasn't necessary for David to play," his father said. "But if we had a game tomorrow David could play. We just didn't see any need in pushing it along."

David and his father attended the Arizona/Oregon State game in early January, a game that saw the Wildcat down by 20 points before putting on a furious second half rally to win 93-87.

"I don't think I could have picked a better game," David said at the time. "That was really impressive."

The Wildcat coaching staff is hoping to impress Padgett again this weekend, but this time he'll be coming to Tucson alone while his father stays home.

"We wanted to give David a chance to experience it on his own," his father said. "He's the one that needs to make the decision."

Padgett hasn't yet decided on his major and said his concerns about choosing a school are all basketball related.

"I'm looking forward to spending some time with the players and having fun," Padgett said. "I want to ask them how they like Coach Olson and I want to see the campus."

Padgett has visits scheduled with Arizona (4/13), Stanford (4/20) and Kansas (4/27) and says he might visit North Carolina in the fall. He also said he might take a fifth visit, but has not settled on that fifth school yet.

I asked Padgett about his friendship with Omar Wilkes. Both play for the Adidas Pump ‘n Run summer league team and Wilkes has told Cat Tracks many times that he and Padgett would like to play for the same school at the next level.

"We've talked about (going to the same college) a lot," Padgett said. "Stanford and Kansas are recruiting both of us and we've talked seriously about going to the same school. In fact, we're going to Kansas on our visit together."

Padgett said he wanted to take all of his visits and he didn't anticipate making a decision until sometime in September or October.

"I kind of like taking the visits early," Padgett said about the new rule that allows high school juniors to make official campus visits as early as April. "It's almost better that way. You don't feel so pressured (during the July summer camps) and you can just play and have fun."

Padgett has a crowed schedule over the next few months. After visiting Arizona, Stanford and Kansas, Padgett has an invitation to compete in the Junior Olympics at Colorado Springs in May. In July, he'll be at the Adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ and the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament.

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