It doesn't get much better than committing to your dream school. 2009 five-star prospect Abdul Gaddy, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard from Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep talks to Rivals.com about his commitment to Arizona.
"Arizona has always been my dream school," said Gaddy. "When I was younger and watching college basketball, it always seemed that Arizona was playing. I would watch their great guards like Bibby and Terry and knew I wanted to play there. It's Point Guard U and there couldn't be a better place for me to play.
"Once I got the offer from them, I was really happy. I always knew they would be in the mix when I made my final decision."
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Preceding Gaddy's final decision was a trip to Tucson, Ariz., to participate in Arizona's Elite Skills Camp. Gaddy's experience at the camp put Arizona over the top.
"The camp had a big impact," he said. "I was able to get close to the coaches and the players. I saw the campus, and I saw how the coaches work with the players. They worked me really hard.
"I'm excited about what the coaching staff can do for me. I think they can make me a NBA player, and that's the ultimate goal."
The only other school in final contention with Arizona was Washington, and it was not easy for Gaddy to say no to his hometown school.
"It was really tough to turn down Washington," he said. "I really like Coach Romar and Coach Dollar. The school is really close to where I live, and it's tough leaving family."
Gaddy, the No. 14 ranked prospect in the class of 2009, will follow two other five-star guards to Arizona in Jerryd Bayless and Brandon Jennings.
Abdul Gaddy scouting report:
A heady player with a great feel for the game, Gaddy does pretty much everything well. He has a feel for setting guys up for scoring opportunities as well as creating his shot off the dribble. Around the basket, he has an explosive burst to go along with superb body control. He also has a smooth 3-point shot off the catch, which makes him difficult to guard. At 6 feet 3, Gaddy has the skills to play either guard position, but does need to get physically stronger.