Five-star point guard Abdul Gaddy has some special qualities for his position. Today Gaddy made a big decision committing to the Arizona Wildcats after a brief courtship.
Heading into the last week of basketball in July, Gaddy, a 6-foot-3, 170-pounds from Tacoma (Wash.) Bellermine Prep, was favoring in-state schools Washington and Gonzaga. But after his strong play in Las Vegas, Gaddy became a top target of Arizona.
"Abdul was close to committing to Washington before Arizona saw him in July and started aggressively recruiting him," said Gaddy's travel team coach Garry Ward. "When we first got serious discussing schools, I asked him to right down his favorite schools and Arizona was the first he wrote down. He's always had a burning desire to be a Wildcat. Once they saw him, it snowballed from there.
"It's no slight to Washington. He loves the school and has a great relationship with Lorenzo Romar. If it was any other school than Arizona, he would be going to Washington."
Gaddy now falls in line in the tradition of great point guards to play at Arizona, as the No. 2 ranked point guard and No. 14 ranked prospect in the class of 2009. He will likely have the opportunity to run the show as a freshman since 2007 prospect Jerryd Bayless and 2008 prospect Brandon Jennings will be in the NBA sooner than later.
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.