David Padgett update

Contrary to reports, there are still three schools with a legitimate chance to land David Padgett.

The 6-11, 240-pound senior big man from Reno High (Nev.) is still contemplating North Carolina, Kansas and Arizona. Padgett recently eliminated Stanford from the picture, reportedly because of admission delays.

None of the other three have been eliminated at this time.

According to several sources close to the situation, Padgett has not yet reached a final decision – but is expected to make an announcement next week. Some of the same sources have said that proximity could be a determining factor and that Chapel Hill might be too far for Padgett.

Various Internet-based reports have suggested that North Carolina or Arizona are no longer in contention, but if that's the case, then no one has informed the respective coaching staffs.

All three schools have continued to maintain close contact with Padgett and are sending coaches to Reno High to watch Padgett work out – and all three feel that they have a decent shot at landing him.

The rumors that Padgett and his AAU teammate, Omar Wilkes, will play at the same school continue to persist.

However, Wilkes recently returned from an official visit to UCLA, where his father starred before going onto an NBA career. Wilkes is leaning towards the Bruins, but Kansas is a close second and Cal is also in the mix.

Wilkes, who has said on numerous occasions that he'd like to play with Padgett, isn't banking on it anymore.

"I would definitely still like to play with him and we still both have Kansas on our list, but we both have to do what's right for us," Wilkes said. "I'm not sure what David's going to do. Nothing he does would surprise me, though."

However, the strange twist to the situation is that both Padgett and Wilkes seemed to eliminate Stanford at virtually the same time and for the same reasons. And both of them are tentatively scheduled to make their decision by the same day.

"It's set up for Oct. 2 at a news conference, but that could change," Wilkes said.

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