Recruiting twists and turns

LOS ANGELES--The Summer recruiting season is almost over. The camps are long gone, the tournaments are winding down and signing day is still a little over three months away. Here is the latest in the world of recruitng.

*Cat Tracks was present at the Best of Summer Tournament at Loyola Marymount University, but most of the elite coaches were nowhere to be found. Only a few of the big names in coaching were around. Roy Williams, Lute Olson and Eddie Sutton were the most prominant head coaches in attendance. Charlie Spoonour (UNLV), Lorenzo Romar (Washington) and Richie McKay (New Mexico) were some of the others in attendance. Coaches like Tom Izzo, Jim Calhoun, Matt Daugherty, Steve Lavin and others were elsewhere.

*Just one Arizona recruit competed. Ekene Ibekwe, a big man from Carson, California had a rough game as his H-Squad team advanced with a hard fought win over Pump and Run Arizona. Ibekwe appears tired after competing in the ABCD Camp, the Las Vegas Big Time, Fairfax Tournament and the Best of Summer in the course of one month. His up and down play has to concern coaches, but his athletic ability is great.

*Arizona coaches are all over the recruiting trail. Olson was in L.A. watching Ibekwe and a number of players in the class of 2004. Rodney Tention was in Venezuela watching Andre Iguodala and presumably David Padgett. He returned and went straight to the Bay Area to watch Ayinde Ubaka. Josh Pastner was in Orlando, Florida where UA recruit Ndudi Ebi was competing.

*Arizona signee Hassan Adams was in attendance at Loyola. He held court with a number of players before conversing with Olson for nearly 20 minutes. He seems very excited to be heading to Tucson and is ready for the season to start. He's been playing in the "Drew League" which features high school, college and pro players. Adams has been dominant scoring 48 points in his last contest against a number of players who are making a living overseas.

*A number of up and coming players from the class of 2004 are expressing interest in the Cats. Point guards Enrico Tucker and Jordan Farmar hope to impress the Wildcat staff. Tucker played phenominal against Roderick Stewart, playing excellent defense against the bigger player. Farmar is a steady point guard who has very good court vision. In what is already a loaded point guard class, these two hope to improve their stock and get on the Cats' radar screen.

*Mustafa Shakur's Hunting Park Warriors team is here, but Shakur stayed back in Philadelphia. Shakur will hold a workout for coaches to attend on Tuesday, two days before the evaluation period ends. Pastner is expected to "represent" Arizona at the workout.

*Other players who skipped the eent include Trevor Ariza and Omar Wilkes.

*Loderick Stewart, twin brother of Roderick injured his foot in his Gary Payton/Nike Select team's loss to the IEBP Ballers. The Ballers were led by the scoring of Sean Marshall and the passing ability of Tucker.

*Charlie Villanueua is a man among boys. The 6-10 big man and his Long Island Panthers decimated the Nor Cal Heat. The Panthers seemed to be bored as they put on a fast break exhibition against the overmatched Heat.

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