Should Arizona have waited?

When Arizona took a commitment from point guard Reger Dowell, the first question among Arizona fans was "What about Abdul Gaddy?"

When Arizona took a commitment from point guard Reger Dowell, the first question among Arizona fans was "What about Abdul Gaddy?"

For months UA fans have heard about the recruitment of Gaddy and he has continually said that he was likely to be a Wildcat.

What happened?

Arizona likely felt that it could not wait for Gaddy and chose to take Dowell with the intention of taking Gaddy later on, should he decide to commit.

On one hand, this seems like an easy choice. The UA chose to back up its options and a player of Gaddy's caliber definitely should not be scared of Dowell, or anybody for that matter.

However, a closer look reveals a more interesting picture. Arizona really did not need a point guard. Garland Judkins and Kyle Fogg were supposed to be capable of handling the point and if they were not, why would Arizona even ever consider taking them?

If Gaddy does not commit to Arizona, you chalk it up to a loss and wait a year for Gary Franklin. It would not have been a travesty of any sorts and the Wildcats would have been just fine.

Now that Dowell has given his pledge to the UA, you almost have to ignore Gaddy if you are Arizona's coaching staff. After all, how could you possibly not take a big man when the roster for 2009-2010 is practically void of them?

Arizona made a choice and only time will tell if it was the correct one. If it is not, it could have a major effect on the program for years to come. If it was, score another for Lute Olson.

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