The ones that got away

Most Wildcat fans are plenty happy with the play of the freshman class, especially Marcus Williams. Although the class is solid, fans can't but help look at other players who the Cats went after.

While Williams was the only consistent contributor, all three rookies showed flashes of brilliance. J.P. Prince was especially good early on and Fendi Onobun teased UA fans with what could be ahead after coming out of his redshirt.

Here is a look at some of the players Arizona recruited for the 2005 class. Some said no to the Cats, while many others were dropped by the program. This isn't all of the players the Cats looked at, but a pretty good list of prospects.

Mario Chalmers, PG, Kansas, PPG 11.5 | APG 3.8 | RPG 2.2
Arizona really wanted Chalmers and it came down to the Cats and Jayhawks. He was 2nd on the team in scoring. He scored in double figures 20 times, including last seven and 12 of last 13. Season high of 23 in win over Iowa State. Had zero assists in four games including season ending loss to Bradley. Against the Cats he had just six points, no assists and seven turnovers.

Julian Wright, F, Kansas, PPG 8.5 | APG 1.8 | RPG 4.6
The Cats thought they were in very good shape for the athletic forward only to see Kansas come from out of nowhere and snatch the big time prospect. Had an decent first season, but was hardly a star. Only hit double figures once in the last six games. Did have 20 and 18 in back to back games in late February, those were his only two game with more than 15 points. Had a career high nine rebounds in a win over Iowa State. Had just two points and five rebounds in the game against Arizona.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, G, Memphis, PPG 8.3 | APG 1.5 | RPG 3.3
After Chalmers passed on the Cats, the Cats targeted Douglas-Roberts and J.P. Prince. Douglas-Roberts was fourth on the team in scoring. Had 23 points in a win over Lamar. Also eclipsed 20 against Rice. Missed three games, including two in the Conference USA Tournament. Did not eclipse double figures in the last eight games he played in.

Terrence Williams, G/F, Louisville, PPG 8.4 | APG 2.1 | RPG 4.7
There seemed to be a lot of mutual love between Williams and Arizona, but Williams wanted to make an early pledge and the Cats had to hold off until fall before they could have officially hosted Williams. They wound up with his AAU teammate Marcus Williams (no relation) instead. Played in 33 of 34 games and was fifth in the team in scoring. Was particularly effective in the final stretch. Scored in double figures in seven of the last nine. Had a career high 25 in a win over Pitt.

Martell Webster, SF, Portland Trailblazers, PPG 5.6 | RPG 1.8 | APG 0.5
Cats went with Marcus Williams and passed on Webster and after he declared for the pros it made the decision look great. Webster has been decent for the Trailblazers this season, including a 23-point outing on April 1st. He has played in 52 of Portland's 73 games, including 13 starts.

Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, PPG 18.9 | APG 1.3 | RPG 7.8
There was some mutual love between Arizona and Hansbrough, but distance seemed to be an issue and the Cats could not compete with teams in the region. One of the best freshmen in the nation. Heck, he may have been one of the best players in the country. All Hansbrough did was lead the team in scoring and rebounding. He was held to single digits just once, while he eclipsed the 20-point mark 15 times. He had a career high of 40 points against Georgia Tech in February.

C.J. Miles, Utah Jazz, PPG 2.4 | APG 0.5 | 3P% .214 The Cats were in the thick of it with Miles, but he eventually settled on a verbal to Texas and eventually a spot in the NBA Draft. A little used rookie with the Jazz. He has played in just 13 games so far this season and has spent some time in the Developmental League.

Jon Brockman, Washington, PPG 8.4 | APG .7 | RPG 6.5
The Cats were in it for awhile, but did not make the big man's final list. To be honest, I thought Brockman would be the Pac-10 ROY. He was among the league's best, but not the dominant, tough big man I thought he could be. He was a solid big man for the Huskies, and will only get better, but he did not have a stellar freshman campaign. He was in double figure scoring 12 times and eclipsed 10 rebounds six times. He could get a huge boost next season when Spencer Hawes joins the squad.

Magnum Rolle, LSU, PPG 2.2 | APG .2 | RPG 2.5
Rolle's path to Baton Rouge was a bit of a strange one. He originally committed to Florida State, then went to prep school and re-opened his recruitment. Arizona was in the mix at each stage but never received a visit. This season he was behind Glen Davis and Tyrus Thompson. He played in 33 games, including all five Tournament games. He hit a season high eight points on two occasions and had a season high 10 rebounds early in the season.

Martynas Pocius, Duke, PPG 1.5 | APG .5 | RPG .3
A little used guard who mostly played in mop-up time. Arizona made a push for him late in the process, but he was never a priority. He was held out of eight games and only played double figure minutes in eight games. Did hit double figures against UNC-Greensboro. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes of play.

Marcus Johnson, UConn, PPG 3.8 | APG .7 | RPG 1.5
Arizona never made a serious run at Johnson, but always had their eye on the Westchester product. He was nothing more than a role player for the Huskies this past season.

David Huertas, Florida, PPG 2.5 | APG .7 | RPG 1.5
The Cats made a run at the hot shooting Huertas, but he did not seem to keen on leaving the Southeast. He is was a role player for the Gators and has to like an opportunity to play in the NCAA title game. He did score 15 points in a game against Savannah State.

Harvey Perry Jr., G, Washington
Perry long favored the Wildcats, but could not get an offer early on. He even went to prep school where his stock blew up. He wound up with the coveted Arizona offer but spurned the Wildcats for Washington. He was injured this past season and took a redshirt.

D'Andre Bell, G/F, Georgia Tech, PPG 3.9 | APG 1.1 | RPG 2.0
The Cats were always in good shape for Bell, but liked other wings better and never offered Bell. Bell wound up at GT where he was a decent reserved who played in all 26 games, hitting double figures three times.

Rashad Woods, SF, DePaul, PPG .8 | APG .0 | RPG .3
At one point Woods had a high stock and was high on the Cats. By mid summer Woods was off the Houston Hoops and the Cats lost interest. Woods played in just eight games for the Blue Demons.

Lawrence Hill, F, Stanford, PPG 4.7 | APG .6 | RPG 3.4
An in-state product, there was a lot of mutual interest between Hill and the Cats, but after the commitment of Fendi Onobun the Cats dropped the Phoenix product. Hill had a nice first year for the Cardinal. He played in every game and even went for double figures five times. He scored 13 against the Wildcats in McKale but was held scoreless in the next two meetings.


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