Recruiting Update

Last night's in-home visit with Ndudi Ebi went great, but Ebi is still a "tough read" and I wouldn't say the visit pushed him in the direction of Arizona. However, I've heard Ebi's parents absoLUTEly love coach Olson and if it were their decision Indy might have already committed to the Wildcats.

My gut feeling is that Texas is still the school to beat. Duke has an in-home scheduled for Friday, but Texas has not scheduled yet. Indiana, a school many thought would be in the thick of it, appears to be out.

Brian Butch, the 7-0 center from Appleton (West), Wis., will host Olson tonight. He'll take his official campus visit to North Carolina this coming weekend. Butch is also considering Kansas, Wisconsin and Marquette. I was told by source close to Butch that Wisconsin wll be very difficult to beat.

"The Badgers will pull out all the stops when they get him on campus," my source said. "They will do whereever it takes to keep Brian instate."

Olson watched Brian workout Tuesday afternoon and made his presentation Tuesday night. One thing is for certain; Lute gave an outstanding presentation and Brian KNOWS how much Lute wants him to be a Wildcat.

Olson traveled to Appleton alone while Josh Pastner, who was with him visiting Ebi , watched juniors in the Houston Area. Pastner was at the gym watching 6-10 center Marc Aldridge and 6-1 point guard Jason Horton. Pastner will return to Tucson Tuesday night just before Rodney Tention flys out to meet Lute in Philadelphia tomorrow. The two will hosted by Mustafa Shakur Wednesday night and David Padgett Thursday night.

Shakur will choose between North Carolina State and Arizona. The Wildcats are the heavy favorite. Padgett is considering North Carolina, Kansas and Stanford. Some think Kansas is the favorite, but I happen to think Stanford has the edge.

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