Recruiting round-up

The spring recruiting season really got cranking this past weekend. With three big events, top talent was on display. Here is a little wrap-up and some other Wildcat recruiting tidbits.

The biggest news of the weekend is that Arizona will host two unofficial visitors. Bay Area big man Drew Gordon is slated to make an unofficial visit this weekend. With the spring football game going on, there could be a little more weekend buzz on campus than you would normally have in April.

The weekend after that PF prospect Emmanuel Negedu will make an unofficial visit to Tucson. He has long been listing Arizona as one of his favorites. Some close to the recruitment have speculated that a really good visit could lead to an early commitment.

Negedu played really well this weekend in the Real Deal event in Arkansas. Although one reporter listed him at 6-6, most in attendance feel he is no smaller than 6-7 and he plays even bigger with his long wingspan.

He's also got a great build and terrific attitude as evidenced by's Evan Daniels.

"Negedu meshes crazy hops with a strong build to create an animal in the paint," Daniels wrote. "Against Texas Select, Negedu turned the second half into his personal dunk contest. Some of the big boys might be scared off by his size, but it's hard to find a guy that plays this hard and nasty in the paint."

Both Lute Olson and Josh Pastner were in Little Rock for the event and we have confirmation that Negedu was among the players they kept an eye on. They were also seen watching Clarence Trent, David and Travis Wear and Jrue Holiday among others.

While Olson and Pastner were in Arkansas, Miles Simon was in Las Vegas for the Easter Classic.

Suiting up for the Arizona Magic, Brendan Lavender had a great event and is making a name for himself. He was not really allowed to cut lose with his high school team where he did what was asked of him, often times sacrificing scoring to get teammates involved.

Lavender has long favored the Wildcats and a few more great performances, especially if he can do it in front of Olson, could earn him an offer.

Another players who has long listed Arizona among his top schools is Washington's Patrick McCollum. Unfortunately for the guard, he had a rough outing in Vegas and will have to play a whole lot better to remain on the Wildcats' recruiting radar.

Arizona is involved again with Brandon Jennings. He has backed off his USC commitment and all indications are that the Cats have expressed interest. Don't get too excited, this could be a recruitment that takes a ton of twists and turns before it is all through.

As it stands there is evidence that the Wildcats have altered their strategy for the class. Expect two bigs, a point guard and a wing player to be the positions the Cats want to fill.

Larry Drew and Jennings appear to be at the top of the Wildcats' wish list, but keep an eye on Dashan Harris and Angelo Johnson. There could and should be additional names creeping up as more and more big time events are on the horizon.

Trent played very well at the Real Deal. He seems to be a player Arizona is still in on, but he may be in a secondary group of big men in terms of Wildcat interest. The fact that he is a combo forward could be a knock against him. The Cats have not had great luck with combo forwards. Luke Walton was certainly a top performer, but guys like Chris Dunn, Fendi Onobun and Dennis Latimore did not make huge impacts, if any.

Reports by Evan Daniels, Eric Bossi and Greg Hicks were used in this article.

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