July Camps could be busy for UA staff

The July shoe camps have begun and it is a very interesting time to follow Wildcat recruiting. Arizona has some catch-up to do after the decommitment of Jerryd Bayless and Gary Johnson pledging to Texas in a surprise move. We'll look at the latest happening in Wildcatland.

The Arizona coaches are out and about. Both Lute Olson and Josh Pastner are at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis, while Miles Simon will start out at the adidas Camp in Georgia. Most of the talent the Cats are evaluating and pursuing is at these two camps, so it will be a busy few days for the staff.

After Johnson's commitment to Texas Wildcat fans want to know what the Cats will do. A lot of the Cats' efforts were invested in the Houston forward and now they must go to back-up plans.

The Cats will clearly go after J.J. Hickson, but word on the street is that his recruitment could be long and involved. Hickson claims he has no problem leaving the south, but the vast majority of his schools are in the ACC and SEC.

Kyle Singler is more of a three than a power forward, but he can play just about any position on the floor. He's a lot like former Oregon standout Luke Jackson in that he can excel as a big wing or a mobile four. The Cats are in his top-five and you can expect that they make a push.

The coaches will surely evaluate other prospects this week and at the various events over the next month, but there is no guarantee they will bring in a four. I've been hearing that they will not bring in a four if there is no one worthy of a scholarship and instead focus on the loaded 2008 class.

Two names I keep hearing are Darnell Gant and Clint Amberry. Gant has the ability but is he truly interested in the Cats? The question about Amberry is if the is good enough. He'll get more looks after a solid camp in Tucson last weekend, but he has a lot to prove.

The Cats will try to add a scoring guard as well. The Cats are in on a ton of players to fill the spot that Jerryd Bayless vacated. Bayless still has the Cats on his list but it seems like a long shot even if fellow Phoenician Zane Johnson is trying to convince the St. Mary's star to join him in Tucson.

Laval Lucas-Perry likes the Cats a lot and we hear the feeling is mutual. Expect Wildcat coaches to be watching a lot of games. Some in his native Michigan feel the athletic guard is vastly underrated. Two other Michiganders are on the Cats' radar screen. Darquavius Tucker and Alex Legion are big time players the Cats will be all over. Tucker looks like a long shot but Legion is listing the Cats.

Some other names we have been hearing for the Cats is James Harden (a HEAVY ASU lean), Jeff Jones and Kamyron Brown.

Jeff Withey seems to be a priority recruit in the 2008 class. That may be no big surprise, but his performance this past weekend was impressive. Withey along with Andy Poling, Luke Babbitt and Simpkins are the early top big men targets for the Cats.

According to Dave Telep, 2008 guard Jrue Holiday currently has a two-team list with the Cats and UCLA. Holiday camped with UCLA instead of the Cats this weekend, and while that surely is good news for UCLA, it does not kill the Cats. Holiday had already visited Arizona this spring and UCLA is an easier trip for the Los Angeles standout. All I am hearing says that this recruitment has a way to go and other teams should factor in the battle.

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