'Very good' visit for Phoenix wing

Brendan Lavender has made no bones about the fact that he likes Arizona. The Phoenix product visited the in-state school on an unofficial visit this weekend. Although there was no verbal, the Cats are in very good shape.

Lavender raved about the visit to Tucson and when asked if Arizona was still his leader he replied, "oh yeah!"

He earned a scholarship offer after his stellar play at the Las Vegas Easter Classic and many assumed that with a weekend visit planned a commitment would be forthcoming. It did not happen, but the Cats did nothing to hurt their chances.

"I'm still waiting for a little bit," Lavender said. "I'm still being patient and waiting until July. UofA is up there."

His father made the trip with Brendan and he too liked what he saw from the school.

"He really liked it," Lavender admitted. "He's really happy for me right now."

He also noted that his grandmother was very excited that an Arizona offer was extended. He said that she has enjoyed the whole recruiting process and the attention that her grandson has gotten.

As of now he is boasting offers from Utah, BYU, ASU, Washington State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Cal and Kansas. With his recent play, you can expect a number of other big time programs to start watching his games with the Arizona Magic traveling team.

A player is a bit limited in what he can do on an unofficial visit, but Lavender made the most of it. After watching the players go through workouts Brendan and fellow visitor Drew Gordon played pick-up with many of the current players.

The young visitors held their own, and then some.

"We did actually play really good at first," Lavender said. "We won the first three games. Then the guys on the other team got frustrated. They said they weren't going to leave until they beat us."

He admitted that the other team rallied to win the final three games, but overall the two high schoolers played pretty well.

"We were killing at first.," Lavender boasted.

Two current players really stood out Lavender. One should come as no surprise, while the other may be a little less obvious.

"Nic Wise, he's a really good point guard," Lavender said. "He's cool too. He has some really good dribbling moves."

Last year's Pac-10 freshman of the year also made a good impression.

"Chase Budinger is just smooth," Lavender gushed. "He can jump out of the gym."

Off the floor the entire team made a good impact on the young wing prospect.

"The whole team was really cool," Lavender said. "They are very nice. They are awesome."

After pick-up Lavender took a look around McKale and met with the Wildcat coaching staff.

"I liked it a lot," Lavender said of the area. "The campus is very nice. I love the gym, it was very nice.

"It was really good."

Lavender got along well with Gordon. In addition to getting along off the floor, on the floor he was impressed with the Bay Area big man.

"He's pretty good," said Lavender.

Lavender already has an invite to the NBA Camp and will have a chance to attend one of the shoe camps as well. Most of his summer will be spent playing with the Arizona Magic. They travel this weekend to Houston for the Kingwood Classic and it will be a chance to further impress other staffs, as well as the Wildcat coaches.

"Coach (Olson) told me that they were going to be there," Lavender noted. "So it will be fun playing in front of Coach. I'm looking forward to it. It will be fun."

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