Pastner pleased with Ebi's progress

Last week Arizona assistant coach Josh Pastner went to Houston, Texas to catch Arizona recruit Ndudi Ebi in action. Pastner was very pleased with the forward's continued progress and shared his thoughts on the nation's top power forward with Cat Tracks.

"Ndudi has a remarkable work ethic," Pastner said. "That's what makes him so good."

Ndudi Ebi is one tough person to reach because he spends practically every minute of the day in class, on the court or in the weight room. It is this work ethic that elevates his game to an elite level. Many recruiting services have Ebi listed as the second best player in high school basketball, directly behind sure NBA top-pick LeBron James.

"It's not just hype with Ndudi," Pastner said. "He's very, very good, and he works so hard. He spends so much time in the gym that he won't gain much weight, but he'll add strength."

Ebi is a true inside-outside combo-forward. He's able to run the floor and be a presence in the paint. He can play down low or pop out to hit the jump shot. His game has very few weaknesses at this point in his career.

"He can play the four or the three," Pastner said. "He is a 4/3 combo guy. His game would probably remind you of Luke Walton's."

With Walton graduating, Arizona fans are salivating at landing such a highly regarded recruit with a similar style of play and Ebi should make an immediate impact. With all of the success and accolades, many have speculated that Ebi will only spend a year at Arizona before leaving college for the NBA.

"I really doubt that will happen," Pastner said. "I can only speculate how long he'll be here for, but Ndudi has his head on straight, and is coming to Arizona for an education, and a chance to win national championships."

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