TULSA, Okla. --Some day in-between notes from interviews at BOK Center today. Our full advance coverage will be posted at midnight:
Daniel Bejarano doesn't need a matchup with Texas to remind himself of his recruiting decision.
He says he thinks about it every day.
Bejarano, a seldom-used reserve for the Wildcats, decommitted from the Longhorns in the fall of 2009 and quickly chose UA over ASU.
He says he now wishes it wasn't so quick a decision.
"Everything happened so fast," Bejarano said. "I just wish I would have calmed everything down. I felt like I rushed a little bit. I had so many people trying to come in and everything, wanting me to go to their school. I should have just dropped back a little bit."
In the open locker room before Saturday's practice, Bejarano said he loves Arizona but wonders about the decision. He has totaled just 30 minutes all season, yet is one of the first guys you see reacting to whatever happens during games.
"It's very hard for me," Bejarano said. "I think about this situation every single day. It's very hard because I'm a family type of guy. I'm very unselfish. Here you have to be an indivdual. You have to be a little selfish but that's not me. That's what's so hard right now."
Bejarano said he has always loved UA but didn't know if he would return next season. The Wildcats are not only returning their guards but also bringing in highly touted Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner, meaning playing time will get even harder to find.
"We'll see how everything goes," Bejarano said. "But I'm still a Wildcat and we'll see how it goes from there. "
Here's a rundown of the personal connections in Sunday's game:
Texas forward Gary Johnson, who was recruited heavily by then-UA assistant coach Josh Pastner, is a good friend of both former Wildcat guard Nic Wise and his brother, current UA guard Dondre Wise. All of them are friends with Texas' Jai Lucas, too.
"It's always fun when you play against somebody you know but that doesn't take away from the magnitude of the game," Lucas said. "It's always fun when you see familiar faces. I think it's going to be a good game. We match up well. It's just going to be a great game."
Derrick Williams and Texas' Jordan Hamilton played together on summer-ball teams in high school.
"Our relationship is pretty strong," Williams said. "He's a great guy. On the court, he just has a different attitude and different swagger about him than off the court. Most people think he's really cocky just because of the way he acts on the court.
"His family are all great people, from his brothers to his mom and dad. That's what people don't know about him."
Of course, their relationship will be temporarily different on Sunday.
"It was just crazy, like I said, how they put us in Tulsa together," Hamilton said. "And now that we're playing against each other it's going to be like a reunion. But there are no friends out there on the court until afterwards. So as of right now he's not my friend. I didn't talk to him last night."
Texas forward Tristan Thompson, despite being 6-foot-8, "seems like my little brother," said MoMo Jones.
Those two meet at an iHoops camp and have been friends for years.
"I love him to death," Jones said. "We met when we were younger and the friendship just kept going. ... He's one of those kids who's great to have in your corner. He's big but he's real goofy, real funny. He's like a little kid."
There's also a future Wildcat-Longhorn connection: Texas guard Cory Joseph was a teammates of UA signee Nick Johnson at Findlay Prep of Nevada last season.
"He was great teammate on and off the court," Joseph said. "On the court he's very talented. He can do a little of everything. His athleticism is unbelievable."
Take this for what it's worth:
“As of right now, I’m coming back to school," Derrick Williams said with a smile when asked for the 567th time if he's leaving for the NBA. " I like being at Arizona. I like college.”
Texas' Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/longhorns/entries/2011/03/19/thompson_says_h.html?cxntfid=blogs_bevo_beat" target="_blank">said they're coming back, but both of them are not projected as highly as Williams.
Here's the podium interview transcripts from http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=70039" target= "_blank">Sean Miller, Derrick Williams, Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom. And the transcript from http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=70036" target= "_blank">Rick Barnes, Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton of Texas.
Barack Obama picked Arizona over Texas and, well, http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2011/03/obama-president-ncaa-tournament-picks-espn-/1" target="_blank">he's been pretty good.
Texas opened as a 4.5-point favorite but some http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/longhorns/entries/2011/03/19/thompson_says_h.html?cxntfid=blogs_bevo_beat" target="_blank">money is on the Longhorns -- it has jumped to 5.5 and 6.0 points...