Cats to host five for "McKale Madness"

The Wildcats will hot five recruits for ‘McKale Madness' on Friday night. In year's past it was a chance to showcase the school and try to get verbals from players in that year's class, but with the 2006 class all but sewn up it is a chance to try to solidify the future.

The lone 2006 player attending the festivities is Chase Budinger, the small forward who committed to Arizona just a few months ago. For Budinger it is a chance to further connect with his future teammates and witness first hand a few Lute Olson practices.

It will also allow Budinger to take the floor with the Cats. When he visited over the summer he was still nursing his broken wrist and could not play pick-up when he came out to attend the Arizona Elite Camp.

Jerryd Bayless has made numerous trips to Tucson, but he'll be down for the festivities. He may be THE top prospect for the Cats in the 2007 class and you know Olson does not want a prized in-state recruit to escape.

Bayless was last down to watch the Lute Olson All-Star Classic and has visited to watch a number of games and attend several camps. The combo-guard from Phoenix St. Mary's is's third rated point guard and a legitimate five-star prospect.

He is currently listing Texas, Arizona and North Carolina and has made unofficials to each school.

The most interesting visitor could be Mater Dei center Alex Jacobson. The seven-footer has long favored the Wildcats and you have to wonder if he'd pull the trigger if the Cats put on the hard sell. While he is not the most athletic big man the Cats are pursuing, he is the tallest and maybe the only pure center in the bunch.

He is rated as the ninth best center in the 2007 class and has a load of upside. He has a pro body and is, of course, over seven-foot.

This will be his third trip to Tucson. He attended a game last season and joined Budinger and Bayless at the Elite Camp in July.

Two young recruits will also make the trek. Mater Dei freshmen Travis and David Wear will get their first look at Tucson. Seems like the connection to the school of Miles Simon and Reggie Geary is already paying off.

The two talented twins are 6-6 combo forwards who are already getting some recruiting attention, despite never playing a high school game.

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