TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona has lost its second frontcourt player in two weeks with the decision of sophomore foward Angelo Chol to transfer.
Chol, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound sophomore forward from San Diego, has not decided on where he will transfer. His decision comes two weeks after freshman Grant Jerrett declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft.
Chol, whose shot-blocking and hustle made him a fan favorite at the McKale Center, averaged 1.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 8.5 minutes per game in 28 games this season. He was a relative newcomer to basketball who grew up in Sudan, and his offensive skills were unpolished. Even without Jerrett in the picture, there was some thought that Chol might redshirt next season in hopes of acquiring a larger role the following year.
“After much consideration and several conversations with both Coach Sean
Miller and my family, I have decided to transfer to another
university,” Chol said in a statement released by Arizona. “I believe
this change will put me in a better situation to earn more playing time
and a starting role elsewhere. I have enjoyed my time in Tucson and want
to thank my teammates, coaching staff and the fans for their support.”
Arizona returns Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley at the inside positions. They’ll be joined by incoming freshman Aaron Gordon and junior Matt Korcheck, who redshirted this past season after transferring from Cochise College.
“I wish Angelo much success in his future,” Miller said. “I believe that Angelo’s best days as a basketball player
are ahead of him. He did a tremendous job in his two years in our
program both on the court and in the classroom. He is one of the finest
people and nicest kids that I have ever coached.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that San Diego State is a possible destination for Chol.
Chol was a top-50 recruit according to Scout.com player rankings who chose Arizona over the likes of North Carolina and Kansas.
“He really liked it there,” Ollie Goulston, his coach at Hoover High School in San Diego, told the Union-Tribune. “It was a great atmosphere. He liked the coaching staff. There were no negatives that way. They definitely wanted to keep him. He was well thought of there.
He just wants to play a bigger role and have more consistent minutes.”