Singler or bust

Barring an eleventh hour, surprise recruit, the commitment of Solomon Alabi to Florida State means there is only one option left for Wildcat recruiting in 2007. At this point, it is Kyle Singler or bust.

The Wildcats already have a great recruiting class, but the addition of the nation's top small forward would propel it into the top-three in the nation. Kyle Singler is not a need recruit, but he is too good and too talented not to bring in.

Although Arizona has discovered players late in the process, most notably Jesus Verdejo and Chris Dunn, but right now it appears that Singler is the last possible player to join Jamelle Horne, Jerryd Bayless, Laval Lucas-Perry, Alex Jacobson and Zane Johnson.

Arizona got so many early commitments that they only scheduled two official visits for uncommitted players. Both Alabi and Singler came on the same weekend. Alabi went to Florida State last weekend and chose the Seminoles, while Singler went to Duke. Duke has long been seen as the leader for Singler, but the Medford, OR native did not pull the trigger.

"The visit to Duke went really well," Singler told TheDevilsDen.com. "I had a chance to hang out with the players and really get to know everyone involved with the program. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and my parents and I were very comfortable with the entire visit. We all loved it."

Singler has long been linked to Duke, but he insists that he will still take a visit to Kansas before making any decisions.

Just a few months ago many believed Duke and UCLA were the only two players for Singler, fast forward and UCLA is no longer in the picture and the Blue Devils are no longer a lock. All indications are that Arizona and Kansas now pose a legitimate threat to Duke for Singler's services.

Arizona was in Singler's home this week and word is that the visit went very well. Singler has alerted all three remaining schools that they are still very much in the hunt and no decision will be made until after he trips to Lawrence.

For Arizona this is a bit of a luxury recruit. Singler can play either forward spot, but is seen as more of a three than a four. Arizona has some capable bodies at the three due to come back in 2007 but there is no guarantee that the likes of Jawann McClellan, Chase Budinger or Marcus Williams will return. In fact everyone around the Wildcat programs assumes that Williams will go pro and there is no telling how long Budinger and McClellan will stay if they have big seasons.

The beauty of Singler is that he can also play the power forward spot. He's an instinctual player who has some of the same skills that Luke Walton had. He's got a great outside shot and it isn't a stretch to think that Singler could be a more athletic cross between Walton and Ricky Anderson.

Singler is not a need recruit, but he'd be a great addition. The Cats aren't hurting at his spot, but he's the nation's No. 4 recruit for a reason. He's the type of basketball smart player the Cats have not had enough of the past few seasons.

Regardless of whether or not the Cats land Singler, he appears to be it for the 2007 class. If they can't land Singler, they seem poised to carry the scholarship over to the 2008 class.


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