Luke Babbitt update

It is no secret that the Wildcats need to add at least two big men in the class of 2008. They lose Kirk Walters and Ivan Radenovic after this season and Bret Brielmaier will be gone after next year. If the Cats can't find another big in the 2007 class, getting quality post players becomes an even greater need in the '08 class. Luke Babbitt is a player who could clearly fill a need.

The Reno-native is one of the best prospects in the 2008 class. He's 6-8, physical and athletic. He's already got a great build and has a wonderful feel for the game. Babbitt is a rare player who is just as effective mixing it up inside as he is stroking it from the outside. He's powerful enough to bang with the big boys, but has a pretty jump shot from behind the arc.

In Las Vegas the Wildcat coaching staff was front and center at most of Babbitt's games with the Las Vegas Prospects. He's made a few trips to Tucson and enjoyed his time at the Lute Olson Advanced Skills Camp back in late June.

"I liked it," Babbitt noted. "(They have) great players there. I like playing against great players it makes you better. It was a good experience, I learned a lot about the program and the players there." Last year Babbitt attended the UCLA Elite Camp and has taken an unofficial to Washington as well. The Wildcats, Bruins and Huskies are all in the mix with the likes of Texas, Nevada, Duke and more.

"There are a lot of schools," Babbitt noted. "I haven't narrowed it down."

Olson and the Wildcat coaches were not the only representative of big time programs on hand. Most of his suitors had head coaches and assistants in the crowd.

Babbitt does not concern himself with rankings but is well aware of his place in the class of 2008. Babbitt likes the pressure of being a top-25 type prospect.

"It is a lot of pressure to have the pressure, it means you did something right," he said. "It's nice to have those expectations but it means you have to work that much harder and that is what I am going to do."

Right now Babbitt has no timetable and will profess no leader.


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