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 2006.
Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill and Nic Wise 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 90 overall.
“We are very excited about this class,” said Olson. “What we try to do is make the pieces fit the puzzle, and these guys really fit the puzzle well. In Chase, we have a guy capable of playing three positions. Nic is a proven winner at the point guard position and
Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward from
“Chase is one of the best players in the country,” said UA assistant coach Josh Pastner, the lead recruiter for Budinger. “He is a superior athlete with tremendous character. We are very excited to have him join our program.”
Hill, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from
Wise, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound guard from Kingwood,
“To put it as simply as possible, Nic is a very tough kid who is a winner,” said Pastner. “He just finds a way to get it done. Nic committed to us three years ago and stood by us.”
The Wildcats, ranked No. 10 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll, open the regular season on Monday, Nov. 21 against