Washington fans have read this story many times.
Highly touted high-school big man likes the Huskies, but they finish second in the recruiting race even though many believe he’s a perfect fit at UW. The player speaks fondly about coach Lorenzo Romar, but still goes to another school.
After a year or two, the player transfers and UW fans wonder what could have been. (see Drew Gordon, Joshua Smith, Norvel Pelle and Mike Moser.)
Now it’s happening with Angelo Chol.
According to Mark Zeigler at the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Arizona sophomore forward is leaving Arizona and considering transferring to San Diego State. He starred at San Diego’s Hoover High where he became a four-star prospect. His final college choices included Washington and SDSU.
Chol never found consistent playing time or a spot in the rotation at Arizona.
As a freshman, he averaged 12.1 minutes, 2.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and shot 56.2 percent from the field in 35 games.
Chol’s production dropped in every category last season. He averaged 8.5 minutes, 1.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.3 blocks and shot 44.7 percent in 28 games. He didn’t play in two of Arizona’s three NCAA tournament contests.
The Wildcats added star high-school prospect Aaron Gordon and lost forward Grant Jerrett, who declared for the draft. Still, it would have been difficult for Chol to find playing time next season because Arizona’s front line includes center Kaleb Tarczewski and forwards Brandon Ashley.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Moser reportedly took a visit to Gonzaga last weekend and is back in Las Vegas. The 6-8 junior forward has said he’ll transfer from UNLV and is considering Washington, Oregon and the Zags. Moser, who led Portland’s Grant High to a state championship, has ties to the Huskies and Ducks.
— Hadn’t written much about Junior Etou, a 6-7 forward in Arlington, Va. He had an offer from Washington and many considered him Plan B if the Huskies missed out on Moser. Well Etou announced Thursday afternoon he’s going to school at Rutgers. He also considered Cincinnati, Clemson and Xavier.
— ESPN.com released its final 2013 top 100 and one of the high-school prospects who signed with Washington made the list. Nigel Williams-Goss received five stars and ranks 19th.
— Washington’s 2013 recruiting class ranks 24th nationally, according to 247sports.com. Arizona is fourth, California 31, Colorado 41, Oregon 45, UCLA 46, Stanford 50, USC 66, Washington State 75, Arizona State 80, Utah 96 and Oregon State 101.
— Andre Roberson’s dad John, who played basketball professionally overseas, told the Denver Post the Colorado junior forward left school early because the NBA can better develop his game.
— It’s too early to think about all-America teams, but NBCsports.com put together a lists of teams. Arizona State’s Jahii Carson is a third-team selection. UCLA guards Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson, Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie and Arizona’s Aaron Gordon are honorable mention picks.
— Fantastic story by the Grantland on former Washington star Quincy Pondexter.
— The NBA released its list of 77 early-entry candidates for the 2013 draft with 46 players from U.S. colleges, 31 international players and five players from the Pac-12 including: California’s Allen Crabbe, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, Colorado’s Andre Roberson, USC’s DeWayne Dedmon and Jarrett.
The list does not include junior guard C.J. Wilcox, who decided to return to Washington for his fifth and final season.
Here’s a list of Pac-12 players who spurned the NBA: UCLA guard Kyle Anderson, Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson, Oregon State forward Devon Collier, Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie, Oregon State forward Eric Moreland and Stanford forward Dwight Powell.