Tuesday Tidbits (late edition)

At the time I post this story there is less than an hour left in Tuesday, however, we are not afraid to present the first (of many) Tuesday Tidbits. It's a quick glance around the world of UA sports with just a few national detours.

Don't be shocked if the Cats don't try to recruit BOTH Peyton Siva and Abdul Gaddy. Although the two are both point guards, they are very different. Gaddy is a more traditional point guard. Although he can shoot, he is better off as a floor general, getting the whole offense involved.

Siva is more of a pure scorer. Although he lacks the height to be a traditional two guard, he is a tenacious defender. Conceivably, with Gaddy in the 6-3 range, you could have Siva guard opposing point guards and Gaddy defend two guards, then switch roles on offense.

For much of the Advanced Skills Camp the two were paired together. Although I can't say for sure, it sure looked like the coaches were trying to see if they could co-exist in the same backcourt.

The two are good friends and have considered playing at the same school as one another. Both are currently listing Arizona and Washington

Of course securing one is tough enough. There is no guarantee that the Wildcats would indeed take both players, but it is clear that they would take one. PG seems to be a priority in the class and Gaddy and Siva seem to top the list.

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How good was the talent at the Advanced skills camp? I have heard that if the Cats could land the five best 2009 players at the camp there 2009 class would exceed expectations. Siva, Gaddy along with Hollis Thompson, David Wear and Travis Wear would give them a lot of talent and athleticism.

Of course getting one of those players, much less five is awfully difficult. Some of the other schools in the mix for the five include Washington, UCLA, USC, North Carolina and Georgetown

Incoming freshman Laval Lucas-Perry took part in the camp and was very impressive. What was more impressive was his performance in the pick-up game with all of the NBA players. Not only did LLP not back down on the court, but he was impressive off the court. After the games he went up to every former Wildcat in attendance and introduced himself and his father. He politely asked for a picture with every player, both NBA guys and players who had no professional careers. Several players talked to him for a long time. Harvey Mason was especially interested in talking to Lucas-Perry as the two huddled for a good 10 minutes…

Although nearly every former player had great things to say about former assistant Jim Rosborough, a number of them were also very excited about Kevin O'Neil rejoining the staff…

Speaking of Roz, it was great to see the McKale crowd give him such a warm ovation during halftime of the Lute Olson All-Star Classic…

O'Neil, or KO as most call him, comes back to the Wildcats with a reputation for defense. That was evident at the Advanced Skills Camp where he taught several lessons on defense. He was a walking clinic of defensive positioning, spacing and technique. Better yet, all of the recruits were glued to his every word…

Although I didn't talk football in this edition of the Tidbits, I did talk football for the Fox 11 Football Preview. The show runs on Saturday, August 25th at 6:00 pm and will later be posted on-line…

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