January 4, 2007

UA-UW recruiting rivalry quickly growing

Some of the most exciting games the Pac-10 has seen in recent years have been between Arizona and Washington, the conference's biggest power over the past two decades against one of the up and coming programs in the country.

Washington's emergence on the court has meant much more to Arizona than an extra loss or two every season and it goes beyond the fact that the Huskies provide even more competition for the Pac-10 crown.

While Washington has been a definite thorn in the side of Arizona in recent years, as evidenced by the Huskies' winning six of the last eight in the series, the UA has also seen an increase in competition from UW off the court and in the homes of recruits.

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar's staff is extremely friendly with that of Arizona's, but the two schools have gone head to head for a number of recruits and as the Huskies' program grows, the amount of prospects that the Wildcats and Huskies both target will only increase.

When Romar first got to Washington in April of 2002, the two schools didn't really compete for recruits very often. However, that significantly changed in the summer leading to the Class of 2005, when the recruiting rivalry began.

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