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.