Cats turn their attentions to other bigs

With Drew Gordon announcing that he will attend UCLA, the Wildcat have to cross off another talented big man off their recruiting list. They now turn to a few other talented big men on their list.

There seems to be no doubt that Terrence Jennings is now the priority big man in the class. With a very solid performance at the Las Vegas Spring showcase, the Wildcats seemed poised to ratchet up their recruitment of the prep school big man. Now that Gordon is off the board, Jennings is the clear cut top big man prospect for the Wildcats.

Like Gordon, Jennings is a tall, athletic big man who can do a lot of things. Jennings can run the floor, finish on the break but also function in the half court. He's aggressive on the glass and looks like he can be a very good shot blocker. One thing folks like about him is that he play hard all the time. He appears to be a maximum effort guy.

Arizona is currently his co-leader along with Cal, but it will be interesting to see what the Jennings does once the Cats start showing a lot of love.

Matt Simpkins is another athletic big man. In fact, the Sacramento product has been teaming with Gordon on the Oakland Soldiers. While Simpkins has all the ability in the world, there are some off-court questions. He has already reclassified to the class of 2008, so academics could be an issue.

Right now Arizona, along with UConn, Florida and Georgetown top his list.

Another player who has reclassified is Laron Dendy of South Carolina. The former Clemson commit is back on the market and the Cats seem to be in his top-five as well. Like Simpkins, academics could be an issue.

The Cats have offered Houston's Anthony Jones, but he has made it clear he will stay in the state of Texas and the Wildcats are no longer recruiting him.

The Cats have also parted ways with Houston's Steve Tchiengang.

They have spent all spring evaluating post prospects and will continue to do so throughout the summer.

One player the Cats have been out to see is Tyler Zeller of Washington, IN. He's an AAU teammate of Wildcat verbal commit Emmanuel Negedu and seems to have the athleticism to play in the Wildcats' system.


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