Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller made a significant move by signing highly-touted high school recruit Aaron Gordon a few months ago, but has seen another forward transfer away from the program in the last two weeks.
Angelo Chol has announced that he will transfer from Arizona, after recent acquisitions would lead to consistently less minutes. He has not decided where he will transfer, and his move will force him to forgo his junior season.
Recently, freshman post Grant Jerrett declared for the NBA Draft after averaging only 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last season. Both Jerrett and Chol are clearly making decisions based on recent recruits signed by Miller, and the coach has ostracized his returning front court members in a matter of weeks.
Though Chol appeared in 28 games last season, he averaged only 1.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game. He still has a lot to learn about the game of basketball, as he grew up in Sudan and came to Arizona with very limited offensive abilities. Miller has emerged as one of the best college basketball coaches in the country, and Chol’s move seems selfish and naive.
Now, while he could be polishing his skills with an above average coach, Chol will be sitting for an entire season. If the end goal is to sign an NBA contract, practicing with a new school behind closed doors isn’t going to increase looks from professional scouts.
Miller was rumored to be considering redshirting Chol next season, even with Jerrett turning pro. In a statement made by the university, Chol identifies that playing time is his only concern moving forward.
“I believe this change will put me in a better situation to earn more playing time and a starting role elsewhere,” Chol said.
By redshirting with Arizona, Chol would have two more years of eligibility with a greater chance of starting. For players that don’t have any better opportunities, transferring doesn’t make sense.
John Engel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.