When an athlete gets recruited to a college basketball program, they are likely told all sorts of things. Mainly, how important they will be to the success of the program and that they will get plenty of time on the court. While I actually believe coaches honestly believe all that when they are pitching it to kids, sometimes it just does not work out that way.
When Sean Miller was recruiting his 2011 class of freshmen-to-be, he lured Angelo Chol to join the Arizona Wildcats. Chol would be joining a program on the rebound and Miller implemented him right away in the rotation. Fast-forward to Chol’s sophomore year, and the forward’s minutes went into a relatively steep decline.
That is why it’s not terribly shocking that the school as announced that Chol would be transferring from the program.
Chol averaged 12 minutes per game in his first season with the team to just eight last year. Arizona has another excellent recruiting class coming in so it is pretty safe to assume more minutes were needed to become available, likely coming at the expense of Chol.
Do not get it twisted, though. Chol is a talented player who will have teams salivating for his services as he seeks a new home. Considering he calls San Diego home, do not be terribly shocked if the San Diego State Aztecs make a run at the 6-foot-9 man-beast.
So far in his career, Chol has not really gotten a chance to shine either. While SDSU seems like an obvious destination, he may go where minutes are a little bit easier to earn.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone