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Williams says leaving helped Wildcats' recruiting

Williams says leaving helped Wildcats' recruiting

There's another believer in the Derrick Williams Effect regarding UA's current recruiting momentum.

His name? Derrick Williams.

In a Q&A interview with Yahoo! Sports, Williams says his departure turned out well both for his family and Arizona.

"I went to Arizona expecting a four-year career and took two years off of that," Williams said. "I think it was a good thing for my family and especially Arizona as well because they've seen all that I've done individually. That just makes more recruits go there and win more games, too."

Since Williams was taken No. 2 overall, the Wildcats have received commitments from Gabe York and Brandon Ashley, while also continuing to get in the door with more Top 25 prospects from multiple classes.

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In the Yahoo! interview, Williams also talked about working out with Kobe Bryant and the fact that he was "relieved" not to become the No. 1 pick in the draft. Williams said leading up to the draft that he was worthy of the No. 1 pick, though he softened that statement as the draft approached.

"The whole organization is coming down and putting everything on your shoulders," Williams said of being No. 1. "I'm not saying I wasn't ready for that. But there is a lot of shoes to fill (in Cleveland), especially with the team now. It's a better fit for me in Minnesota."

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Greg Byrne said in his weekly email blast that after looking into a potential downtown arena, he's back to focusing on renovations to McKale Center.

Byrne said today that UA just "asked the question" about whether it would be possible but never had a serious discussion about a downtown arena. He said he's looking at a minimum of $150-200 million worth of upgrades to McKale in the long run.

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If anyone is still following Shabazz Muhammad's recruitment -- he and UA appear to have all but pulled away from each other --- his father told Rivals and Scout sites that he will host in-home visits with UCLA, UNLV, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas.

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Kirk Bohls says Oklahoma could issue a final blow to the Big 12 by leaving, which would lead to a Pac-umpteen. It would be interesting to see if Texas, under such a scenario, would suddenly be forced to give up the current structure of its Longhorn Network.

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Kansas offered juco big man Waverly Austin a scholarship, which may or may not be related to Kaleb Tarczewski's lack of a decision so far.

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Lots of discussion about UA's recruiting on the previous discussion thread, as well as MCAT's astute observation about a "new" voice on the boards.

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Meanwhile, Nic Wise is getting the hang of driving a manual transmission over in France. ...


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