Hoop Notes: April 30th

With another recruiting weekend in the books, the Wildcats' 2008 class is starting to take shape, and so is the staff. Here is the latest from Wildcat land.

On Monday afternoon Kevin O'Neil will officially be named as the replacement for Jim Rosborough. I have been told that O'Neil has done as much as possible to get up to speed with every aspect of his future job.

I have heard he has done every thing he can, and is allowed, to do to get caught up with the Cats' recruiting efforts.

Arizona's verbal commitment from Emmanuel Negedu means that the Wildcats will probably only take one more big man to go along with a point guard and a wing.

In terms of big men, expect the Wildcats to make a bigger push for Terrence Jennings. The big man played very well at this weekend's Las Vegas Spring Showcase. With the Cats already in his top-three, he may be just the answer they are looking for at center.

Had Jennings' team not been upset late Saturday night, he probably would have had a big audience of coaches to watch him play Sunday morning. Drew Gordon's up and down play of late has some worried. His size and athleticism is undeniable and he's still a top prospect for the Cats, but consistency in play and effort is a concern.

As good as Matt Simpkins is, he still seems to be the third option behind Jennings and Gordon. There seem to still be questions about his academics and character.

Credit Wildcat assistant Josh Pastner in the Negedu recruitment. The Wildcats were one of the first schools to recruit Negedu, identifying him last year while he was still playing on an 16&Under team. This week he went to the Brewster Academy to watch him work out and we heard he shadowed the power forward at the King James Event in Ohio.

The Cats are in very good shape with Larry Drew. More and more it sounds as if UCLA just won't be involved and currently the Cats seem to be doing the best job on Drew.

I saw the Wildcat coaches on hand for two games on Sunday in Las Vegas. They were at the Houston Hoops' second game of the day, probably watching Elijah Johnson. The athletic two-guard looked tired after playing his second game in two hours. In fact both teams looked exhausted. He's got good size and good quickness, but all those in attendance said he was no where near his best.

After that they were in the gym to watch the Double Pump team play Colorado Elite. After the game I spoke with Double Pump's James Rahon and he admitted that he likes the Wildcats and that Arizona coaches were at his school last week.

I also saw Oregon's Michael Harthun. He's a terrific shooter, but just does not seem to have the athleticism and size to be a big time prospect.


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