Arizona Rumors & News

  • 5-star T.J. Leaf commits to Arizona

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Five-star 2016 forward T.J. Leaf committed to Arizona on Wednesday. The tall, skilled player from the San Diego area had been a target of Indiana University, and he was thought earlier in the process to have significant interest in the Hoosiers because his family is from Indiana." November 20

  • Junior College transfer Kadeem Allen likely to redshirt 2014-15 season

    Arizona Desert Swarm "During the Arizona Wildcats' exhibition win against Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday night, one thing stood out with Sean Miller's substitution patterns. Arizona played all of its eligible scholarship players except one: 2014 National JUCO Player of the Year Kadeem Allen. Miller addressed that..." November 12

  • Arizona freshman center Dusan Ristic cleared by NCAA

    CBSSports.com "The NCAA has officially cleared Arizona freshman center Dusan Ristic to play this season, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com. The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. The NCAA was looking into amateurism issues with Ristic, who played for Red Star Belgrade in Serbia before..." November 02

  • Sharpshooter York vowed to better himself

    Fox Sports Arizona "The moment the final buzzer sounded at the Honda Center in Anaheim after Arizona's stunning loss to Wisconsin last March, Wildcats guard Gabe York thought to himself: "I'm better than that. And I'm going to be better." It was his promise. So, for six months he slept on that vow and worked..." October 14

  • Likely one-and-done Johnson 'won't take a backseat' at Arizona

    Fox Sports Arizona "Rondae Hollis-Jefferson didn't want to let the cat out of the bag when it came to the skills of Arizona incoming freshman Stanley Johnson, but who is fooling whom? "Then I would be spilling the beans," Hollis-Jefferson said with his signature smile. "I'm not into spilling the beans. He's a..." October 07

  • 4-star power forward Chance Comanche commits to UA

    Arizona Republic "Sean Miller's recruiting machine is turning official visits into closing ceremonies. Four-star power forward Chance Comanche of Los Angeles announced Sunday morning he would play for the Wildcats in 2015-16, posting his choice on Twitter before he even left town – and well before he was..." September 16

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Five-star shooting guard Allonzo Trier commits to Arizona

    College Basketball Talk "Five-star shooting guard Allonzo Trier has committed to Sean Miller and Arizona on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported the commitment, immediately followed by a tweet from Jeff Goodman of ESPN. The 6-foot-4 Trier is rated as the No. 12..." August 04

  • UA commit Ray Smith views torn ACL as a blessing

    Arizona Daily Star "Today was supposed to be the day Ray Smith would become an Arizona Wildcat. The UA commit from Las Vegas expected his Dream Vision club team would make today’s ESPN-telecast finals of the Adidas Super 64. So he figured he would play, then announce his choice on camera. “I’m a very arrogant..." July 29

  • Injured 5-star forward Ray Smith commits to Arizona

    Arizona Republic "Ray Smith's high school career is in serious jeopardy. But on Sunday night he took the first step toward planning for the future. The five-star small forward verbally committed to Arizona's 2015 recruiting class, three days after suffering a serious knee injury. The 6-foot-8 Smith, who plays..." July 15

  • Five-star forward Ray Smith commits to Arizona

    SI.com "Five-star recruit Ray Smith has committed to the University of Arizona, according to a post on his Twitter account. Smith, a 6-foot 7-inch, 185 pound forward from Las Vegas, tore his ACL at the Adidas Unrivaled basketball camp in Chicago last week. Smith, who received offers from UCLA,..." July 14

  • Five-star guard Tyler Dorsey decommits from Arizona

    CBSSports.com "It had been rumored for several weeks, but it became official on Saturday: five-star guard Tyler Dorsey has decommited from Arizona. He made the announcement via an emailed statement. It's been about 5 months since I decided to accept a scholarship offer to the University of Arizona. In..." June 14

  • Is 2015 five-star Tyler Dorsey wavering on his Arizona commitment?

    College Basketball Talk "Arizona landed commitments from two of the best guards on the west coast in the Class of 2015, and while their back court, on the surface, appears to be in excellent hands in the future, there may be some trouble stirring on the horizon. Tyler Dorsey, a top 10 recruit in the class and one of..." June 12

  • Miller: Past season's chemistry lessons will aid Wildcats next year

    Fox Sports Arizona "Arizona coach Sean Miller has looked back several times on a season of what could have been. When you're at a school and the head of program where the only expectations are great ones, revisits to the past sometimes help with the future. What stands out most to him was Arizona lost five games..." June 05

  • Arizona’s Brandon Ashley recovering from broken foot slowly

    College Basketball Talk "It’s been four months since Brandon Ashley suffered the broken foot in Arizona’s visit to Cal that changed the trajectory of Arizona’s season. And we’re still not close to Ashley being ready to return to full contact, five-on-five action. “This four months really was about healing, really..." June 05

  • Arizona extends contracts of Rich Rodriguez, Sean Miller

    USA Today "A University of Arizona benefactor has come up with a retention plan that could help keep men's basketball coach Sean Miller, football coach Rich Rodriguez and vice president and director of athletics Greg Byrne in Tucson for the next eight years. Arizona also has agreed to contract extensions..." May 30

  • BC transfer Ryan Anderson commits to Arizona Wildcats

    Arizona Daily Star "Former Boston College forward Ryan Anderson committed to the Arizona Wildcats tonight, after taking a recruiting visit to Tucson today. Anderson chose the Wildcats over Iowa State, where he visited last week, and Indiana. Boston College was just 8-24 last season, after which coach Steve Donahue..." May 09

  • Justin Simon commits to Wildcats

    Arizona Desert Swarm "The Arizona Wildcats have their backcourt once the T.J. McConnell era is written. Though undersized 2014 recruit Parker Jackson-Cartright was already in the fold for 2014-15 and beyond, UA coach Sean Miller filled out the backcourt by earning a commitment from Temecula Valley High School point..." May 06

  • Observations: UK is nation's deepest team, but Arizona has best top five

    CBSSports.com "1. Kentucky is absolutely loaded headed into next season, but I'd take Arizona's starting five over any other first unit in college basketball. John Calipari's squad has talent on top of talent and depth on top of depth. Kentucky will have nine McDonald's All-Americans on its roster next season..." May 01

  • Kentucky has best odds to win the 2014-2015 Men’s Basketball National Title

    College Basketball Talk "As you might have expected, after losing just two players to the NBA Draft, Kentucky has become the favorite to win the national title at 5/1 odds. Duke (9/1) and Wisconsin (16/1) round out the top three, but the most interesting bet here seems to be Arizona, who is getting 16/1 odds. After..." April 28

  • Arizona Wildcats' Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson entering NBA Draft

    Arizona Republic "Freshman forward Aaron Gordon and junior guard Nick Johnson will leave the Arizona Wildcats early for the NBA, the players confirmed at a news conference today at McKale Center. However, freshman forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski will return after considering..." April 16

  • Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon to announce he's entering NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "University of Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon will announce this week he's entering the 2014 NBA draft, source told Yahoo Sports. Gordon averaged 12.4 points and eight rebounds in 31.2 minutes during his freshman year for the Wildcats. He is ranked as the eighth-best prospect in this..." April 14

  • Arizona favored to win next year's college hoops title

    Covers.com "The nets at AT&T Stadium in Dallas are just freshly cut down by national champions Connecticut, but that doesn't mean we cant start looking ahead to futures for the winner of next year's Big Dance. The Arizona Wildcats and head coach Sean Miller, were oh so close to this year's Final Four and..." April 09

  • Creighton's Doug McDermott leads Wooden All-America Team

    CBSSports.com "Senior Doug McDermott is the headliners on the 10-member Wooden All-American Team announced Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The first team -- all finalists for the Wooden Award, presented by the LAAC to honor the college basketball player of the year -- features Creighton's McDermott,..." April 01

  • Wisconsin win over Arizona marred by controversial call

    Fox Sports "In what was otherwise a thrilling game, the West Regional Elite Eight game came down one final controversy in the waning seconds of overtime. With three seconds left, Arizona guard Nick Johnson was whistled for a charge on a jumper that could have won the game for the No. 1-seeded Wildcats. By..." March 30

  • 64-63 overtime epic over Arizona sends Wisconsin to first Final Four since 2000

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan will be surrounded by friends and family at the 2014 Final Four after all. Ryan, who won four NCAA Division III titles at UW-Platteville, has a chance to win his first in 13 seasons at UW. The No. 2-seeded Badgers ralled for a 64-63 overtime victory over top-seeded..." March 30

  • NCAA West Regional betting news and notes: Wisconsin wipes out fastbreak

    Covers.com "The West Regional presented few surprises as the two top teams from that side of the bracket battle for a ticket to Texas Saturday. Check out our betting news and notes for the West Regional final. No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No. 1 Arizona Wildcats (-3, 130) If Arizona hopes to live up to..." March 29

  • Top-seeded Arizona downright defensive leading up to clash with Wisconsin

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Over the course of 36 games, Wisconsin has faced some of the top defensive teams in the country. Ohio State. Virginia. Saint Louis. Florida. But the challenge No. 1 seed Arizona (33-4) will present when it plays the second-seeded Badgers (29-7) Saturday night in the Elite Eight just might..." March 29

  • Hot offense takes on Arizona's top-ranked defense

    Wisconsin State Journal "The most significant obstacle standing between the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team and the Final Four is one of the best defenses in the country. It’s a good thing the Badgers come equipped with a red-hot offense that has been one of the most efficient units in the nation this..." March 29

  • Badgers zoned in on Arizona's man-to-man defense

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Wisconsin's players and coaches endured a jarring transition between the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. In the opener, UW had to deal with American's precise and methodical Princeton offense. With one day to prepare, UW then had to contend with Oregon's high-octane..." March 29

  • Miller knocking again

    Arizona Daily Star "These were the words that Sean Miller finished his final press conference with last season, after the Arizona Wildcats lost to Ohio State in the Sweet 16: “Sometimes you have to knock at that door a few times to break it in, and I like the group that we have coming in,” Miller said. “I like..." March 29

  • Arizona freshmen Gordon, Hollis-Jefferson playing beyond their years

    Fox Sports Arizona "When Sean Miller was recruiting Aaron Gordon many moons ago, he had Gordon look at the depth chart and then put a puzzle in front of him. "They told me I was the missing piece," Gordon said. "It's worked out really well." Well indeed. The Wildcats take a 33-4 record into Saturday's Elite..." March 29

  • Wisconsin can shoot, defend and more; Arizona knows it

    Fox Sports Arizona "Sleep on Wisconsin? Here's the one thing you need to know about the Badgers: They've beaten Michigan State, Michigan, Virginia and Florida. As of Friday, all were still alive in the NCAA tournament. "We've played a lot of teams with top-10 offenses, but out of all of the teams, I'd say..." March 29

  • UA's Sean Miller, Wisconsin's Bo Ryan each want 1st Final 4

    Arizona Republic "Arizona's Sean Miller and Wisconsin's Bo Ryan are considered two of the best in their profession, coaches who have boosted or kept their programs at a national level. They have won conference championships and succeeded in the NCAA Tournament, but here's the thing: Neither coach has been to the..." March 29

  • Arizona's T.J. McConnell showing toughness of a coach's son

    Arizona Republic "A contrite Sean Miller pulled aside T.J. McConnell's dad recently to fess up about a recent encounter he had with his son. "I just want you to know I got all over him," Miller said. "I was really hard on him." Replied Tim McConnell: "I've been a whole lot worse. You don't have to worry about..." March 29

  • Johnson saves the day for Arizona

    Fox Sports Arizona "The old veteran came through for Arizona. Of course he did. Junior guard Nick Johnson willed top-seeded Arizona to a 70-64 win over San Diego State on Thursday night in the NCAA tournament, scoring 15 points down the stretch after an 0-for-10 start to the game. By the end, 2 for 12 never looked..." March 28

  • Johnson, Napier, Stauskas lead NABC All-America team

    CBSSports.com "The National Association of Basketball Coaches named its 2013-14 All-America teams Thursday, with a trio of players still alive in the NCAA Tournament named to the first team. Arizona's Nick Johnson, UConn's Shabazz Napier and Michigan's Nik Stauskas join Creighton's Doug McDermott and Duke's..." March 28

  • Arizona Wildcats beat San Diego State 70-64 to reach Elite Eight

    Arizona Daily Star "Nick Johnson found his stroke just in time, and for that the Arizona Wildcats are headed to the Elite Eight for the second time in four seasons. Having missed his first 10 field goals, Johnson scored 13 points in the final 2:46 to help lift the Wildcats to a 70-64 win over San Diego State in..." March 28

  • Transition is good for smaller, deeper, quicker Arizona

    Fox Sports Arizona "San Diego State coach Steve Fisher had this to say about the job Sean Miller has done to this point in the season: "He's done a masterful job." Of course, he'd like that ride to end against his San Diego State Aztecs on Thursday night here at the Honda Center in the Sweet 16. For Arizona,..." March 27

  • NCAA tournament breakdown: Previewing Thursday's Sweet 16 games

    USA Today "WEST REGIONAL (ANAHEIM) Stanford (23-12) vs. Dayton (25-10) | Time, TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS Why Dayton will win: Rolling in the deep. The Flyers' rotation includes 11 players averaging double-digit minutes. "There's not much difference between No. 3 and No. 8," coach Archie Miller said...." March 27

  • For San Diego State, beating Arizona would be milestone victory

    Arizona Republic "In theory, it was an all-sports news conference that San Diego State was holding Monday at Viejas Arena, but Aztec women's track-and-field coach Shelia Burrell knew better than that. "Want to talk about my bracket?" she said upon sitting down at the podium. Then, of course, she proceeded to..." March 26

  • Powerful Cats stand in way of SDSU's first Elite 8 trip

    Arizona Daily Star "In theory, it was an all-sports news conference that San Diego State was holding Monday at Viejas Arena, but Aztec women’s track and field coach Shelia Burrell knew better than that. “Want to talk about my bracket?” she said upon sitting down at the podium. Then, of course, she proceeded to..." March 25

  • Korcheck cherishing the moment, opportunity

    Fox Sports Arizona "Matt Korcheck doesn't remember exactly when he fell in love with Arizona basketball, but it was definitely after Mike Bibby, Miles Simon, Jason Terry and the rest won the 1997 national championship. Back then, he was just a 5-year-old trying to get through his vegetables. His passion for..." March 25

  • SDSU painfully familiar with Sweet 16 foe Arizona

    Fox Sports Arizona "Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs are painfully familiar with their opponent in the Sweet 16, the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats. Last season, Nick Johnson swooped out of nowhere to block a layup by Chase Tapley to preserve a one-point Wildcats win in a tournament in Hawaii. In the second game..." March 25

  • Miller brothers carrying on the family tradition

    Arizona Republic "The Sweet 16 can mean different things to different programs. John Miller's two sons epitomize that. Archie, the third-year coach at Dayton, has his 11th-seeded Flyers into the round of 16 for the first time in 30 years. This is a revelation. Sean has No. 1 seed and title contender Arizona..." March 25

  • Arizona Wildcats have look of contenders in 84-61 rout of Zags

    Arizona Republic "Sean Miller and Mark Few enjoyed an animated text message exchange a few weeks ago. Miller was up late, watching a replay of the double-overtime Arizona-Gonzaga meeting in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, and contacted his friend. "We were laughing about that," Few said. If the two exchange..." March 24

  • Arizona Wildcats fend off Weber State 68-59

    Arizona Republic "Arizona opened the NCAA tournament with a victory, exactly what a No. 1 seed is supposed to do. The way it happened, with that jittery start and ease-off-the-gas-pedal finish, the Wildcats will likely hear those upset picks even more now. Anxious early and a bit too comfortable late,..." March 21

  • Wildcats ignoring doubters as NCAA Tournament approaches

    Arizona Republic "Arizona was a popular pick to become an upset victim against Belmont in last year's NCAA tournament. This year, the Wildcats have been tabbed by some to be the first No. 1 seed to get knocked off, possibly by their second game. Yeah, it's annoying to constantly be doubted, especially with..." March 19

  • Sean Miller filling Lute Olson's shoes at Arizona

    Los Angeles Times "This is Tucson's Mt. Rushmore, where two heads are better than four. An enlarged head shot of former Arizona coach Lute Olson was waved by a fan during Pac-12 Conference tournament games in Las Vegas last week. The guy next to him held aloft a similar-sized mug of current Wildcats Coach Sean..." March 19

  • Sean Miller gives UA shot at Final Four

    Arizona Republic "If his personal NCAA Tournament coaching trend continues this year, Sean Miller is taking the Arizona Wildcats to the Final Four. You can book it. In six previous trips to the NCAA Tournament as a head coach, Miller has never lost a game as the better seed. And this year … he has a No...." March 18

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