The Cactus Classic is not only a great chance for fans to see a number of top prep prospects, including a number of Wildcat recruits, but it is also a benefit for the program as players get a chance to check out the campus.
A handful of players could be making full-on unofficial visits after their stint in the event is over. Wildcat coaches, or any coaches for that matter, cannot watch the event or approach recruits, but players can approach coaches the DAY AFTER there role in the tournament is over.
That is one reason PG recruit Larry Drew Jr. is staying an extra day. With his Pump ‘N Run team one of the favorites to win it all (they did a year ago), he decided to stay through Monday to ensure that he can make an unofficial visit.
The Cats will have to get lucky to have other players make unofficial visits. Players like Brandon Jennings and Terrence Jennings are set to leave Sunday night, so the only way they could make an unofficial visit with the coaches is to have their teams upset on Saturday night.
Even if they don't get the full tour from the Wildcat coaches, the players will be on campus for 48 hours or so. They will get a chance to see the facilities, the campus and the surrounding community.
If you are thinking about going on Friday Night, here are some of the highlights of the first night. All players listed are scheduled to appear, but there are no guarantees.
FRIDAY (All games at McKale except * which are at Bear Down Gym)
Arizona Magic (Brendan Lavender) vs. Seattle Rotary Select (Peyton Siva)
Sporting Chance (All Local Players) vs. Inland Reebok (Michael Snaer)
California Supreme (Jeremy Tyler) vs. Total Package
Arizona Premier (Matt Carlino) vs. Lamar Odom I-Can All-Stars
Pump N Run Elite (Larry Drew, Wear Twins, Reeves Nelson) vs. Belmont Shore
Play Hard Play Smart (Terrence Jennings) vs. Las Vegas Prospects (Luke Babbitt^)*
Double Pump Elite (James Rahon) vs. Oakland Soldiers (Brandon Jennings, Matt Simpkins, Drew Gordon**)
^ = Babbitt is a former Wildcat recruit who is committed to Ohio State.
** = Gordon recently chose UCLA over Arizona.