Feb 10, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Angelo Chol (30) prepares to pass during the second half against the California Golden Bears at McKale Center. California beat Arizona 77-69. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Angelo Chol to Transfer From the Arizona Wildcats Program

Reports have emerged that sophomore power forward Angelo Chol will transfer from the Arizona basketball program and may head back to San Diego.  It is looking like San Diego State could be one of the programs that Chol is interested in.  The move would make sense for both Chol and San Diego State, but will undoubtedly hurt the University of Arizona’s program.  The question is, just how much does this hurt?

Chol will be looking for more playing time after only playing 8.5 minutes per game this season for Arizona.  With the recent departure of Grant Jerrett to the NBA, a door opened up for Chol to step in and earn more minutes behind Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley, and incoming freshman Aaron Gordon.  Chol would have given the Wildcats a solid backup at the center position and much needed front court depth.  The Wildcats roster looked like a possible National Championship contender for next season; but now with the departures of Jerrett and Chol the frontline has a question mark.

Make no mistake about it, the biggest loss was Jerrett, but losing Chol means that the Wildcats only have one legitimate center on the roster.  This could be a good or bad thing as Miller loves to play with a smaller team at times.  The NBA sized frontline that everyone was drooling about going into next season is now just an average sized frontline.  This hurts the team, but only on paper.  When Tarczewski is on the bench, Miller will be able to run offense with Gordon or Ashley at the 5 spot. This will make the Wildcats a nearly impossible team to match up against defensively.  Of course that also means that the Wildcats will have more problems against teams with a lot of size.  The Wildcat’s faithful fans may have to deal with the problems faced defensively as long as it makes Miller more comfortable on offense.

This is all speculation right now, we never know what Miller has in mind.  It could have been a transfer that Miller wanted, so that Arizona could get a true stretch 4 back onto the roster.  The depth chart has taken a hit, but the Wildcats will rebound.  Right now Miller needs to keep the roster in tact (No more transfers, looking at you Gabe York) and possibly add one more piece needed for a Final Four run.

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  • coachj

    I don’t necessarily agree your assessment in regards to how this may or may not hurt the program.

    From an actual on-court impact, this will HELP the Wildcats next year rather than hurt them. Sure, we all liked Chol for his aggressiveness and effort level. Yet from a skill and production standpoint, Chol provided very little and would probably not see the floor at all, despite your assertion that he would be our backup center. Chol is at best 6-7, not anywhere near 6-9, and cannot possibly impact the defensive end enough to his offensive deficiencies or the fact that there are at least 4 players better than him. The Cats are better off allowing Gordon, Ashley and Zues get a lot of minutes, regardless of position. Additionally, they added Korchek, so he will end up playing backup minutes anyway.

    The only problems with this transfer are twofold: [1] having players transfer is never seen as a positive with future recruits, and [2] It would have been much nicer for the Cats to have Chol redshirt next year so that we have a quality guy for the two years after next season, as Chol would have plenty of time to develop his skills and reach his potential as a 5th year player.