Tidbits (Saturday 8:45 Update)

Although I dislike the term "blog" that is essentially what this is. A collection of thoughts, info and stories that will be updated throughout the day. The first installment has some info on Larry Drew and Terrence Jennings.

May 12, 2007

8:45 a.m.
The Cats seem to be talking a lot with SG James Rahon. The sweet-shooting two-gaurd does not have an offer, and may not, but is being courted. If the Cats fail to land Larry Drew OR wind up taking five players in the 2008 class, Rahon could find himself at the center of Wildcat recruiting.

He's not the most athletic player, but he is a terrific shooter, has a decent feel for the game and may be a guy who can play both guard spots. He has played PG for his HS team.

May 11, 2007
12:00 p.m.
Luke Zeller is a post prospect that many Wildcat fans have been asking about. The Cats have offered and all indications are that he's athletic enough to play in the Wildcats' up-tempo system.

Although he's an AAU teammate of Emmanuel Negedu, the Cats are on the outside looking in. He's a Midwestern kid who is very close with his family and it would be a shock to see him venture far from home. Indiana and Kentucky seem to have the leg up at this time.

11:45 a.m.
You may have noticed that Cienega offensive lineman Zach Davila received his first offer from Utah. It won't be his last. It remains to be seen just how well he develops, but he's got great size.

Word is that if the Wildcats offer, he'll be hard pressed not to commit, but he's still got something to prove. He's one of the best prospects in the Tucson area.

10:45 a.m.
You may have noticed that Terrence Jennings was rated as the No. 9 power forward prospect in the latest rankings, but was not in the top-100. According to Dave Telep, it is because he was originally ranked in the 2006 top-100 and he does not like to rank players twice, especially players who have re-classified two times.

That being said, Jennings is a heck of a prospect and should continue to climb in the rankings.

9:45 a.m.
Through the grape vine I have heard that the Wildcat staff has made it abundantly clear to Terrence Jennings and his AAU coach that the Mt. Zion big man is their top big man priority. It seems as if they may have actually done this before Drew Gordon made his decision.

Jennings is slated to play in next weekend's Cactus Classic, and although a decision is not expected very soon, it could go a long way in the Cats landing the big man.

The Cats are doing a great job in the recruitment of Larry Drew Jr. Apparently the staff and the Drew family have had a ton of communication over the past few weeks. From the outside looking in, it appears as if Josh Pastner and Drew are really clicking.

While this is great news for the Wildcats, it is not a slam dunk. I was told that the Wildcat staff, especially Miles Simon, did a great job on Drew Gordon. According to several recruiting analysts, the Wildcats showed the most consistent interest in the Bay Area big man, but that was not enough. I am hearing similar things about the Wildcats and Drew, but recruiting is a crazy business.

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