Teammate says prep star plans to commit to UA

By Patrick Klein

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Prep basketball recruit Ricardo Crumble is set to commit to Arizona, his teammate said yesterday.

Crumble, a 6-foot-7-inch, 225-pound forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., had narrowed his list to two schools: Arizona and Cleveland State. Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said last week that Arizona was Crumble's first choice. Last weekend, Crumble took an official visit to Cleveland, where he is from and where his family still lives.

Stephen Jackson, Crumble's teammate at Oak Hill and another UA recruit, said Crumble had already made up his mind.

"He'll commit (to Arizona)," Jackson said.

Two high school players visited Arizona over the weekend. The first, Mike Bibby, a 6-foot-2-inch point guard from Phoenix's Shadow Mountain High School, committed to Arizona in March. The other, 6-foot-7-inch forward Eugene Edgerson from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, has yet to decide which school he will attend, said his coach, Bernard Griffith.

"He won't commit until November," Griffith said. "He said he had a good time in Tucson, and that he enjoyed it, but he has a few more trips to make to UNLV, Maryland and Kentucky.

"Hopefully he'll finish the trips this month. He said he wants to sign early."

If Crumble commits to Arizona, the number of commitments for the Wildcats in the fall signing period would rise to five. The other four are 6-foot-8-inch forward Jackson; Bibby; guard Quynn Tebbs from Brigham High in South Jordan, Utah; and Bennett Davison, a 6-foot-7 forward from West Valley Junior College in Saratoga, Calif.

Arizona head coach Lute Olson is prohibited under NCAA rules from commenting on recruits until after they sign. The fall signing period begins Nov. 7.

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