New leader for Tangara

<B>ITV RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</B> -- Linzy Davis, 6'9 Mohamed Tangara's guardian and AAU coach, spoke with ITV Friday afternoon about his star forward's new leader.

Arizona moves to the front

6'9 forward Mohamed Tangara of Mount Zion (NC) Christian Academy has a new leader, according to his guardian and AAU coach, Linzy Davis.

Davis told on Friday afternoon that the Arizona Wildcats have jumped into the lead for the athletic forward's services.

"They're recruiting him very strongly," Davis said of the Wildcats.  "Arizona is definitely recruiting him the strongest right now and they're the leader at this point."

Davis listed Arizona, Miami (Fl), Louisville, Memphis, Florida and Michigan in order.  Davis said that each of the schools in that list of six has offered a scholarship.

Davis characterized Louisville's recruitment as, "not as aggressive" as it once had been.  Though Davis indicated that Cardinal assistant coaches have been courtside at most of Tangara's games during the month of July.

Tangara, who is out the rest of the summer with an injured knee, told Davis last night that he had doubts as to whether the Cardinals were still interested in him joining Coach Pitino's program.

"He said he just doesn't know if he's a high priority or not for Louisville," Davis told ITV.

Perhaps the biggest factor in Arizona's ascension to the top of the list is the prospect of immediate and significant playing time in the Wildcats frontcourt in 2004-05.

Arizona, who lost Nbu Ndubi to the NBA Draft in June and will likely lose center Channing Frye next spring, project to return only 6'9 Isiah Fox and 6'10 Kirk Walters in the frontcourt in 2004-05, allowing significant opportunities for immediate playing time for Tangara.

Davis indicated that Louisville would still receive an official visit and Coach Pitino would still have the opportunity to convince his star player to sign with the Cards.

"If Coach Pitino can convince Mohamed that playing at Louisville is his best route to the next level, then that's fine," Davis said.

Davis said no time table has been set for a decision and a commitment might not be forthcoming until the spring signing period.

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