Padgett Getting Closer

The talented 6-10 center, David Padgett, is proceeding though the recruiting process on a precise schedule, and getting closer to a decision that the Padgetts think isn't too far off...

David Padgett, 6-10 SR C, Reno (Nev.) High, is progressing through the stages on his way to making a decision about which school he'll attend.

His father, Pete Padgett, said David is considering Kansas, Arizona, Stanford, North Carolina, California and Oregon. David has visited Kansas, Arizona and Stanford officially, and plans on officially visiting North Carolina August 30th. If he takes his fifth and final visit, it could be to Cal, or possibly Oregon, Pete said.

Pete and his wife will continue their unofficial visit tour of the various schools themselves – without David. The Padgett parents have visited Arizona, Stanford and Cal before. They visited Kansas this last weekend, and plan on visiting North Carolina within a few weeks. "We thought it would be good for us to visit the schools without David," Pete said. "The official visit is his thing. This way we can see the schools from our own perspective."

The Padgetts, besides taking their own separate visits to the various schools they're considering, also have other, different perspectives on recruiting as opposed to the typical family. Pete was an assistant coach at UCSB a couple of years ago, so he knows the recruiting game from the other side. Currently the coach at Reno High, Pete also has a long history of being connected to basketball coaching, both personally and with his family. This has given him connections to the various programs and coaches that are currently recruiting David.

Pete Padgett's father, Jim, was an assistant and head coach at California between 1966 and 1972. Pete went to high school during this time and pretty much grew up at Berkeley. Pete's father and Arizona's Lute Olson go back a long ways, knowing each other from when they both started out in the California JC ranks. With Kansas, the Padgetts know the Kansas administrative assistant, Jerod Haase, really well. Haase played in the Padgett's same league in Nevada in high school, and the Padgetts were close to him. Matt Doherty, the North Carolina head coach, was on the Kansas staff and recruited Jerod, so the Padgetts know Doherty from those days.

Pete said, "It's been interesting, having all of these connections to the various schools recruiting David. And I have to say, they also all have their own unique styles to recruiting. But with the choices David has, I don't know how he could go wrong."

Pete said there were some priorities in his son's decision-making process. "First, the relationship and comfort level with the head coach. Then the style of play. Then the comfort level with the program as a whole and the players on the team. Then the academics and life outside of basketball."

David will complete his official visits within a month, entertain a stream of in-home visits during the second and third week in September, and then probably shouldn't take long to make a decision after that. "We think not later than the first of October," Pete said.

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