Wildcat recruits in holiday tournaments

It's the time of year that many high school basketball programs participate in holiday tournaments. Some of the better programs take to the road for some pretty intense competition. All three of the Wildcat signees will be playing in tournaments, with two squaring off against the nation's best players.

Ndudi Ebi and Mustafa Shakur will be playing in two of the most competitive holiday tournaments after Christmas.

Shakur and his Friends' Central squad will head out to Lewes, Delaware for the Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament on December 26-30. Several big time players will be there, including a few players Arizona looked at. Kris Humphries (Duke), Leon Powe (California) and David Padgett (Kansas) are among the big time players competing in Delaware. Two other premier big men will provide stiff competition for Shakur's squad. Memphis signee Kendrick Perkins and Travis Outlaw (Mississippi State) will showcase their skills at the event.

Before he gets to Delaware, Shakur will play in his school's own tournament. Friends' Christian will face off against Girard College Prep in the first round of the FCS Tournament.

Ebi stays in Houston, but many of the nation's best will be coming to him. The Academy National Invitation comes to Texas beginning on December 27th. Again there are some players with ties to the Wildcats in the event. UCLA signee Trevor Ariza was a teammate of Hassan Adams at Westchester in Los Angeles. Point guard Michael Nardi signed early with Villanova, which eliminated a home town threat for Shakur's services. The Stewart twins Roderick and Loderick are headed to USC and they will lead their top ranked Ranier Beach team in the tournament.

Before the Academy National Ebi's Wildcat team will head to Portland, Oregon for the Les Schwab Invitational. The tournament features a number of Oregon based teams, including Salim Stoudamire's alma mater, the Lake Oswego Lakers.

Kirk Walters will stay home as his South Christian team plays in the Grand Rapids Press Invitational.


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