BBD RECRUITING: Another Padgett in Cats' future?

College coaches from elite programs across the country have been flocking to Reno, Nevada in recent weeks. The object of their attention? David Padgett, the #1 ranked junior center in the west and one of the top players in the country at his position...

David Padgett, 6-10 JR C Reno (Nev.) High, is a skilled and aggressive big man who can hurt you inside or from the perimeter. He's physical enough to bang with post players down low, but talented enough to step out and hit the three. It's no surprise, then, that college coaches from across the country are making the trip to Reno, Nevada to watch David work out.

We spoke with David last night to get some insight into the early stages of his recruitment. We asked about the schools that have been in to see him play and David said, "We've been working out twice a week for the past couple weeks and there have been a couple coaches there every night. Stanford and Arizona have been in twice, along with Cal, Kansas, North Carolina, Purdue, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, UCLA, Utah and Indiana."

Have any programs made an early impression? "I like Stanford and Arizona," David replied. "But I wouldn't call  them my leaders or anything. They're just two schools that I know I like. I don't have like a list of five schools or anything like that. It's too early for that."

Was there a program that he admired growing up? "I actually liked the pros more than watching college," David said. "But I used to like Kentucky when I was younger."

We asked if he, or his family, had a preference about staying close to home and David replied, "No, I'm fine with going anywhere. It doesn't matter to me. And my family might move somewhere fairly close to where I am if I stay on the West Coast."

What factors will he consider when it comes time to make his decision? "I'd like to play right away," David said. "Also, if I like the players and staff, and if I feel comfortable with the school. And academics of course."

We asked what role his father, who recently coached at UCSB, and his grandfather, a former head coach at Cal, would play in his decision. David replied, "They obviously both know all about the recruiting process and what coaches will tell you. So they can help me with figuring out if a school is the right place for me. Their input will be important."

David told us that he he currently has a 3.5 GPA and has not yet taken the SAT.


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