Angelo Chol announced that he would be transferring to San Diego State after receiving interest from many mid-major and low-major teams. Chol is leaving Arizona after seeing his minutes cut drastically in his sophomore year behind Arizona’s talented big men, Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley, and Grant Jerrett (who left for the pros). Arizona is also bringing in Aaron Gordon, so Chol’s minutes were not expected to increase much over the next two years.
SDSU is a bit of a strange location for Chol to go to considering that the Aztecs desperately need scoring, not hustling rebounders. Chol will get to spend the next year bulking up and adding some scoring moves to his repertoire, as he won’t be eligible to play until the 2014-15 season.
Angelo Chol preferred the idea of regular minutes under Steve Fisher’s system rather than Sean Miller’s system, where minutes must be earned and a player might be yanked at any given time. Call me crazy, but I would prefer someone who can be motivated under Miller’s system where playing well is what really matters than to simply being rewarded for being on the team. This isn’t AYSO.
And Chol was a massive liability on offense. According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Chol’s offensive rating dropped from 101.6 as a freshman to 88.1 as a sophomore. He played fewer minutes, but he used more possessions, throwing up terrible shots and committing more turnovers. His rebounding rate improved moderately, but his effective field goal percentage dropped like a rock.
In sum, Chol looks like he is getting worse, not better, and he can’t handle competition-based minutes. I always liked Chol’s hard work and hustle, but Arizona will probably be better off not using 17% of its minutes on Chol.