With fewer and fewer recruiting options available for Arizona Basketball in 2022-23, the Wildcats have moved its focus to Campbell transfer, Cedric Henderson, Jr.
Well, this off-season from a recruiting perspective has been a rather challenging one for Arizona Basketball. After a great first season under head coach Tommy Lloyd, the Wildcats were looking to carry that momentum well into the off-season.
So far, it has been a bit of the opposite. As we are all aware by now it is that Dalen Terry, Bennedict Mathurin, Christian Koloko, and Justin Kier are all gone, which leaves the Cats still needing to answer several questions with its roster.
Luckily, the Wildcats have made some moves and look to still be somewhat competitive. So far, they have brought in highly-touted European commits Henri Veesaar and Filip Borovicanin, as well as 2022 big man Dylan Anderson.
Beyond that, they return Azuolas Tubelis, Oumar Ballo, Kerr Kriisa, and Pelle Larsson most notably.
However, as Arizona Basketball prepares for next season, the Wildcats still need significant help in the backcourt.
Arizona has done well in bringing a few young players for next year; however, it was clear that Tommy Lloyd and the Cats needed to target the all-too-famous transfer portal.
Unfortunately, they haven’t had much luck. So far, Arizona struck out with Kentucky transfer Keion Brooks who opted for the Washington Huskies despite also considering the Wildcats, and St. Bonaventure guard Kyle Lofton is heading to Florida.
With portal recruiting options becoming fewer for next season, Arizona has now turned its attention to Campbell transfer, Cedric Henderson Jr.
Making news on Tuesday afternoon, the Wildcats reportedly had Cedric on campus for a visit. Now, granted he is not a long-term solution; however, he would be a great one-year stop gap for the Cats who are in desperate need of more depth.
At 6-feet-6-inches and weighing 190 pounds, he would be a solid wing addition that could potentially help replace the loss of Dalen.
He is a veteran player that has played in 87 games for Campbell, starting in 86 of them. With Campbell, Cedric is averaging 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists, and came off his best season where he finished with 14.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.
Again, options are dwindling, and there’s no guarantee Cedric even comes here; however, at this stage, he would be a solid addition.
Here’s a little preview of the Wildcats’ latest target (Cedric is No. 45).