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October 23, 2008 2:03 PM

Gaddy's father says recuriting now wide open

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Lute Olson news today continues to reverberate around college basketball, and the most significant local impact is that Bellarmine Prep guard Abdul Gaddy is likely to re-open the recruiting process.

Gaddy has twice committed to Arizona --- committing, de-committing and then re-committing --- and apparently is in flux again.

In this story in the Arizona Daily Star updating the situation, his father says his son is likely to reconsider his options and has already heard from coaches at UW along with UCLA and Memphis.

Gaddy himself told via text message that the news of Olson's departure definitely impacts his decision to go to Arizona.

While this figures to get UW back in the picture for Gaddy, the Huskies may not be at the front of the line. Gaddy's two official visits were to Arizona and UCLA and he had nothing but good things to say about the Bruins after that visit, saying it was a tough call to chose the Wildcats.

It looks like Arizona may have a lot of cleaning up to do after this one to get the basketball program back on track. This story in the Tucson Citizen further indicates the unhappiness of parents of current players and recruits over Olson's apparent departure.

After his leave of absence last year, Olson had given assurances he would be back for this season, a major reason Chase Budinger decided to stay for one more year and Nic Wise decided not to transfer.

Now both players, along with the rest of the team, will apparently be left twisting in the wind for another season.

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