Padgett begins official visits

While he's still recovering from an injury he recently re-aggravated, David Padgett will focus on taking a trio of official trips.

The 6-11, 240-pound Reno High (Nev.) junior, who will kick off his visits with a trip to Arizona this weekend, has already scheduled trips to Stanford for the weekend of April 19 and he'll head to Kansas the following weekend. Padgett plans to visit North Carolina in the fall.

"I'm excited," he said. "I'll get a better feel for all the schools and it'll really help me make my decision."

Padgett, who dislocated his kneecap near the end of the high school season, isn't planning on making his AAU debut this season until the Bob Gibbons tournament later next month with his Pump ‘N Run team. He's been working out three times a week with a personal trainer and has gained about 25 pounds since last summer.

Speaking of Pump ‘N Run, there has been recent speculation that Padgett and his AAU teammate, Omar Wilkes (the son of Jamaal Wilkes), could be somewhat of a package deal. The pair roomed together at ABCD Camp and have spoken with each other about possibly playing together in college. However, both Padgett and his father-coach, Pete, said that while they would love to play together, they are going to do what's best for David.

"I'm not saying it's definitely going to happen, but it might," Padgett added. "We have some of the same schools that are after both of us – Stanford, Arizona and Kansas."

Padgett is also trying to choose which school to take his fifth official visit. For now, it appears that Cal is the leader, but Maryland and Louisville are also in the mix.

Other reports have had Padgett leaning towards either Stanford or Arizona, but he refuted that, saying that "there is not a leader at all." However, both the Cardinal and the Wildcats – in addition to Kansas – have each offered already, while the Tar Heels have yet to make an official offer to Padgett.

"A lot of people have this perception that Stanford is the team to beat, but that's not necessarily the case," Pete Padgett said.

Padgett, who averaged 23 points, 14 boards and eight blocks per game this past season, is extremely agile and could see time at both power forward and center in college. He's improved his low-post game, especially after growing a couple inches and adding strength over the past year. However, his father, a former college assistant coach and his high school coach last season, would like to see him become more aggressive on the offensive boards.

Related Links:
IC's David Padgett profile

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