Major prospect still has UA on list but will check out other teams
The Arizona men’s basketball program has lost another recruit.
Top point guard Abdul Gaddy told Scout.com that he’s going to open up his recruiting for the coming season. The 6-foot-3 senior-to-be from Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep said he still has UA on his list but has decommitted.
“I was comfortable with the coaching staff, but once there was a change, I don’t know the new guys and they haven’t really been in contact with me (outside of a call from coach (Lute) Olson and Reggie Geary),” Gaddy told Scout.com.
“I’m going to look at my options. Arizona is still my front-runner.”
Gaddy, ranked No. 9 nationally by Scout.com, had been the only 2009 class recruit to orally commit to UA.
Two weeks ago, incoming Arizona freshman Emmanuel Negedu asked for the release from his letter of intent. Commitments are not binding.
Because of NCAA rules, coaches are not allowed to comment on potential recruits until they are signed. Signing period is not until November.
Gaddy did not return a message left from the Citizen on Thursday night.
He told Scout.com analyst Dave Telep that USC, Oregon and Washington are possible destinations. Others include Memphis, Texas, Kansas and Gonzaga.
Gaddy committed to UA last summer. He played at McKale Center earlier this month in the AAU Cactus Classic for the Northwest Panthers. He and his family spent an extra day on campus visiting with new UA assistants Mike Dunlap and Russ Pennell.
Still, Gaddy felt most comfortable with the previous coaching staff, including interim head coach Kevin O’Neill. Former assistant Josh Pastner is now at Memphis and Miles Simon’s contract for next season was not renewed.
“Everything was solid with them, even when coach (Olson) took his absence,” Gaddy told Scout.com. “He kept his promise and I believed him.
“I was solid on them and they were my favorite school. But, I also built a good relationship with Josh Pastner, Kevin O’Neill and Miles Simon. I was confident those four guys would help me get to the NBA. Three of those guys are gone now and they brought in new guys. I don’t know them.”
One possible reason for Gaddy decommitting is his desire to play in college with high school teammate Avery Bradley, a 6-2 shooting guard.
“We’re going to pick our school as a school that we can play right away when we get there,” Bradley told Scout.com. “That’s the main thing. If we aren’t able to both be able to play at the same time, we won’t have that school on our list.”
Bellarmine coach Bernie Salazar did not return a message Thursday night.
More than two years ago, UA went through a similar situation with guard Jerryd Bayless, who decommitted after pledging early to UA. Then, months later, he decided to recommit and eventually signed with the Wildcats. Bayless declared for the NBA after one season.