A month ago, the Arizona Wildcats were overflowing with talent in the frontcourt.
Now they’re just … talented.
With Angelo Chol’s transfer, the Wildcats now have just four players for their two post spots, and there’s only 10 total scholarship players remaining on the roster.
Since Aaron Gordon announced he would attend Arizona on April 2, the Wildcats lost Grant Jerrett to pro ball and now Chol to a school to be determined. Another possible recruit, graduate transfer Josh Davis, is looking elsewhere because of UA's loaded frontcourt, according to his high school coach.
Arizona has three scholarships it can fill -- ironically, this is the first year UA will have the full 13 available since the 2010 NCAA sanctions -- but it’s difficult to find talent in May.
Here’s a roll call as of now for 2013-14:
Kaleb Tarczewski, So, 7-0
Brandon Ashley, So., 6-8
Matt Korcheck, Jr., 6-10
Aaron Gordon, Fr., 6-8
Nick Johnson, Jr., 6-3
Gabe York, So., 6-2
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Fr. 6-7
Elliott Pitts, Fr., 6-5
T.J. McConnell, Jr., 6-1
Jordin Mayes, Sr., 6-3
G Jacob Hazzard, So., 5-11
F Drew Mellon Jr., 6-5
Chol’s decision to transfer means effectively 36.8 percent of the players Sean Miller has recruited to Arizona have left to transfer or play elsewhere before their eligibility expired.
The early departures do not count Derrick Williams, who was a shoo-in NBA lottery pick in 2011, but do count Kyryl Natyazhko (Ukraine), Josiah Turner (Canada), and Grant Jerrett (unknown) who all left to play professionally despite not being likely first-round NBA picks.
(Well, technically Turner left for SMU, then left for Hungary, then left for Nova Scotia, then left for Prince Edward Island, but you either know or don't care about that story...)
If you take out T.J. McConnell (redshirt), Matt Korcheck (redshirt) and Mark Lyons (graduate transfer) – all of whom had no incentive to leave last season -- that early-departure percentage rises to 43.7 percent or 7 of 16.
Among the freshmen that Miller has brought in, so far, 7 of 15 still remain in the program or completed their eligibility for a retention rate of 46.7 percent. If you don't count Derrick Williams' early departure because he did not appear disgruntled, it's a straight 50-percent rate.
Of course, there are two major factors behind these numbers: Miller has been rebuilding the UA program since his arrival in April 2009, constantly upgrading his talent and his recruiting, while the general trend of transfers has continued to escalate throughout college basketball.
More than 350 players are transferring this spring, according to Jeff Goodman's list, which is more than one for every Division I program. Last season, according to USA Today, there were more than 440, representing about 10 percent of available scholarships.
Here’s a rundown of Miller’s UA recruiting classes:
Player / Years stayed / status
F Derrick Williams / 2 / NBA
G MoMo Jones / 2 / Iona
F Kevin Parrom / 4 / completed eligibility
F Solomon Hill / 4 / completed eligibility
C Kyryl Natyazhko / 3 / Ukraine
G Daniel Bejarano / 1 / Colorado State
G Jordin Mayes / 3 / active
F Jesse Perry / 2 / completed eligibility
F Angelo Chol / 2 / unknown
G Nick Johnson / 2 / active
F Sidiki Johnson / 1/2 / Providence
G Josiah Turner / 1 / Canada
C Kaleb Tarczewski / 1 / active
F Brandon Ashley / 1 / active
F Grant Jerrett / 1 / professional
F Matt Korcheck / 1 / active
G Mark Lyons / 1 / completed eligibility
G T.J. McConnell / 1 / active
G Gabe York / 1 / active
4 pro departures