Wildcats ink another outstanding recruiting class
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball coach Lute Olson announced Wednesday that three student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. The trio will report to the school in the fall of 2005.
J.P. Prince, Marcus Williams and Fendi Onobun each inked letters-of-intent during the first day of the November early signing period. Each of the players was ranked among the top 15 nationally at his position and in the top 75 overall.
“This is an outstanding recruiting class,” said Olson. “All three guys bring great size, versatility and ability to the program and each should enjoy our style of play.”
Prince, a 6-foot-6, 183-pound guard from Memphis, Tenn, is ranked as the No. 4 point guard prospect in the country by rivals.com. Prince, who preps at White Station High School, is a long and athletic player with great instincts for the game. He has led White Station to three consecutive Class AAA state championships. Prince is an outstanding passer who averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.1 steals last season.
“J.P. is a great addition to program not just because of his ability, but because he is a winner,” said UA assistant coach Josh Pastner, the lead recruiter for Prince. “People enjoy playing with him because he shares the ball. J.P. makes everyone around him better.”
Williams, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward from Seattle, Wash, is ranked as the No. 6 small forward prospect by rivals.com. Williams, who preps at Roosevelt High School, averaged a state-leading 27.2 points per game and added 8.0 rebounds per game last year. One of the best wings in the west, Williams possesses a great jump shot and the ability to beat defenders off the dribble.
“Marcus is a versatile 6-foot-6 swingman who is very long,” said assistant coach Rodney Tention, Williams’ lead recruiter. “He’s excited about joining the program and has put in a lot of work in preparation for an outstanding senior season. Marcus is a great team guy.”
Onobun, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Houston, Texas, is ranked as the No. 13 small forward prospect in the nation by rivals.com. Onobun, who preps at Alief Taylor High School, brings a great physical presence to the court. He is a relentless rebounder and has a solid mid-range jump shot. Onobun averaged 15.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game last season.
“Fendi is a big time athlete who plays above the rim,” said Pastner. “He’s been very loyal to our program with his early commitment and is as good of a rebounder as there is in the country.”
The Wildcats, ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 16 against San Diego in the first round of the Preseason N.I.T. Tip-off in McKale Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised by ESPN2.