Jamelle Horne takes in Tucson

The Wildcats may have lost to UCLA on Saturday, but two glimpses of the future could be seen. Future Wildcats Laval Lucas-Perry and Jamelle Horne were on hand on their official visits. We caught up with Horne to see how the weekend went.

Although the Cats lost the game, the overall experience left a good impression on Horne.

"I have never seen the atmosphere at McKale like that," Horne said of the crowd. "Even though we lost it was a really good experience.

"There was total fan support with the atmosphere being awesome."

Although Horne had been on campus many times, this was his official visit, allowing him to do more with the players and coaches. He was given the full tour, including a chance to be in the locker room at halftime.

Later Saturday evening the team had a get together as part of the seniors final game at McKale. It was a good chance for the high school senior to hang out with his future teammates.

"It was a good time," Horne admitted. "We got to hang out with the current players. We ate a good dinner, we played video games and watched movies. It was fun."

One has to wonder what Horne thinks of the Wildcats' recent troubles. Horne, and his fellow signees, seem to be very positive.

"We're taking our bumps right now but we'll get it together before the Pac-10 Tournament," Horne said.

"If we play our kind of ball, we're tough to beat," he added a bit later. "We are way too talented to not play together and as a team. The Pac-10 has a reputation as being soft, but it's great when we go on the road and get a win to prove that it's not."

Needless to say, the small forward is not worried about the future either.

"I'm not worried," Horne stated. "We're a young team and with the five of us coming in next year I think we'll be just fine. We're all coming in to make things better. We're excited to work with Coach "O", J.P. (Josh Pastner), Miles (Simon) and Coach Roz (Jim Rosborough). We can't wait to get here and help the program."

While Horne clearly has an eye on the future, he's also trying to win a title. His San Diego High team won their first playoff game and are riding a long win streak.

The Cavers have won 17-of-18 and 12 in a row. During the early part of the season the team struggled, but also traveled to events in Missouri and New York. Horne attributes the tough going early, especially on cross country tours, for making the team successful now.

"It was tough," Horne admitted. "A lot of guys had never traveled before, so it was a learning experience. We got some good experience and that is when we started turning things around."

Horne plans on running track and playing volleyball after the season, but mostly he will be preparing for his future at Arizona. He was impressive enough over the summer to be ranked as a top-30 player, but he has not rested on his laurels.

"I think I'm a better ball handler, I can change directions better," Horne said. "Most of all I think I have better team leadership. I'm a senior now so I have to carry the load. I've just worked on being a better leader."

He showed his leadership skills when he was asked about his role next year with the Wildcats. While many elite prospects are brash and talk about making an impact, Horne says all the right things and appears ready to accept any role that the team needs.

"I'm just going to take in everything and learn everything," Horne said. "I plan on doing anything asked of me. Whatever is asked of me is what I'll do for Arizona."

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