Arizona Rumors & News

  • 2 reasons why 5-star recruit T.J. Leaf may have decommited from Arizona

    SB Nation "Sean Miller is the last coach you would expect to have problems on the recruiting trail. Since 2011, Miller has propelled Arizona to a finish no lower than No. 6 in 247 Sports' team recruiting rankings. His haul has included one-and-done lottery picks like Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson, a..." August 08

  • Arizona's Allonzo Trier 'really ahead' after early enrollment

    Arizona Republic "Come along for the ride as Allonzo Trier relives his "Grad Night" experience last month. It starts on the afternoon of May 14 just outside Las Vegas, where Trier picks up his diploma from Findlay Prep. Then it continues from there, deep into the desert night, when … the Arizona Wildcats..." June 17

  • Arizona basketball hires Mark Phelps as assistant coach

    Arizona Republic "Former Drake head coach Mark Phelps has been officially added to the Arizona Wildcats staff. UA announced Phelps' hiring as assistant coach Monday, two weeks after Damon Stoudamire announced he was leaving Arizona to rejoin Josh Pastner's University of Memphis staff. Phelps, 49, knows UA..." June 02

  • Contract extension, earlier vesting proposed for Wildcats' Miller

    Arizona Daily Star "The Arizona Board of Regents will vote next week on whether to approve for UA coach Sean Miller a one-year contract extension through 2020 and an accelerated vesting plan on a booster-initiated retention fund. Pending Regent approval, Miller will get a $100,000 salary increase for the..." June 01

  • Joseph Blair no longer with Arizona basketball program

    Fox Sports Arizona "Joseph Blair, who has spent the last two years as graduate manager with the Arizona men's basketball program, will not return to the team next season. The former Wildcats player turned on Wednesday confirmed he has "no position" with the team. His bio was no longer on Arizona's..." May 21

  • Damon Stoudamire will leave Arizona to rejoin Memphis Tigers' staff

    CBS Sports "Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire has reached an agreement in principle to leave his alma mater and return to Memphis as an assistant on Josh Pastner's staff, a source told on Monday. reported earlier that Stoudamire has already informed recruits. Despite..." May 19

  • Sean Miller to replace Billy Donovan as men's U19 USA Basketball coach

    CBS Sports "USA Basketball announced Thursday that Arizona's Sean Miller will replace Billy Donovan and coach the 2015 men's U19 World Championship team. Donovan was set to coach the team before leaving Florida for Oklahoma City. "I am honored to be named head coach of the USA Basketball Men's U19 World..." May 14

  • Arizona's scheduling boycott of New Mexico will end in 2016

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Sixteen years after Lute Olson vowed Arizona would never schedule regional rival New Mexico again, the Wildcats' boycott is over. The two schools announced Monday they will begin a two-year series during the 2016-17 season with the Lobos visiting Tucson on Dec. 17, 2016 and the Wildcats..." May 12

  • Arizona's Sean Miller alters recruiting strategy to avoid drop-off

    Fox Sports Arizona "Sean Miller's recruiting success rates well because of his ability to recruit high-profile high school graduates, but he's also welcoming new ways of finding immediate success -- without devaluing how important experience plays in to winning. "It wasn't that long ago in college sports that if..." May 09

  • Four-star Class of 2016 guard Frank Jackson will take a mission trip before playing college basketball

    College Basketball Talk "Class of 2016 guard Frank Jackson is emerging as one of the premier guards in the country, but he’s also dealing with a unique development in his recruitment. The native of Utah will be one of the more college-ready guards in his class when he arrives on campus. Except Jackson won’t enter college..." May 05

  • Mark Tollefsen to transfer to Arizona

    Arizona Desert Swarm "The graduate transfer is eligible to play immediately, and will provide much-needed front court depth for the Wildcats Many believe it has been a relatively bad week for Arizona basketball with Stanley Johnson deciding to go pro, and Damion Lee heading elsewhere. Fortunately, we have gotten..." April 27

  • Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson declares for NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "Arizona freshman wing Stanley Johnson announced Thursday evening at a press conference that he'll leave school and enter his name into the 2015 NBA Draft. "I put a hell of a lot of thought into coming back," Johnson said at his press conference. "For me ... it took a lot of thought, but at the..." April 25

  • Report: Maryland, Arizona “Making Strongest Push” For Coveted Graduate Transfer Damion Lee

    College Spun "Damion Lee is probably the most-coveted graduate transfer on the college basketball market. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard averaged 21.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game for Drexel last season. He’s set to graduate, transfer out of the Dragons’ program and is eligible to play for another..." April 13

  • Kaleb Tarczewski Remaining At Arizona For Senior Season

    Real GM Basketball "Kaleb Tarczewski has decided to remain at Arizona for his senior season. Tarczewski averaged 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game as a junior." April 09

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson leaving Arizona, declares for NBA draft

    Fox Sports Arizona "Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has decided to take his talent and shimmy to the NBA, leaving Arizona after just two seasons. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound former McDonald's All-American from Chester, Pa., and Arizona's best defender became the first of what could be as many as four Wildcats..." April 08

  • Report: Stanley Johnson 'torn' on whether or not to go pro or return to Arizona

    Arizona Sports "All throughout the 2014-15 season it was assumed that Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson was a "one-and-done" player. After all, he was projected to be a top-10 pick in the NBA Draft the moment he was eligible, and after a season in which he averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 rebounds per..." April 06

  • Arizona F Brandon Ashley will enter NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "Arizona forward Brandon Ashley will forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft, sources told on Monday. The 6-9, 230-pound Ashley, who is expected to be a mid-to-late second-round pick, averaged 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds this season for the Wildcats." April 06

  • Hollis-Jefferson: I'm still undecided

    ESPN "Arizona Wildcats forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is heading to the NBA, multiple sources told ESPN on Wednesday, though the sophomore says publicly that he has yet to make a firm decision. The news was first reported by The 6-foot-7 Hollis-Jefferson is considered a late..." April 02

  • 5 big postseason questions for University of Arizona basketball

    Arizona Republic "When Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller raved about T.J. McConnell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on the postgame interview podium Saturday, he also referred to them both in the past tense. "We're going to miss them," Miller said. "We really are." Hollis-Jefferson is a sophomore. But, of..." March 31

  • Arizona's Sean Miller to critics: 'Go cheer for ASU!'

    Arizona Republic "The Arizona Wildcats saw their season come to an end in the Elite Eight against Wisconsin for the second consecutive year. But head coach Sean Miller won't stand for people calling his season a failure. During the postgame press conference on Saturday, Miller said that he was proud of what his..." March 31

  • Arizona equipped for another run in 2016, despite expected losses

    Fox Sports Arizona "T.J. McConnell says one thing is certain when it comes to next season's Arizona basketball team: "I don't see there being a drop-off. Coach (Sean) Miller recruits his (butt) off. I think they will be fine." McConnell, unless he stays on as some sort of an assistant coach, won't be part of it...." March 30

  • Brandon Ashley hits stride as Arizona enters NCAA Tournament

    Arizona Republic "Even Arizona coach Sean Miller has wondered how last season would have ended had Brandon Ashley been healthy for the finish. Now Miller is eager to see how this season ends with him. Ashley was voted the Pac-12 tournament's most outstanding player as Arizona thrashed Oregon by a margin of 28..." March 19

  • President Obama picks Arizona to make Final Four

    Arizona Republic "As if the NCAA Tournament doesn't cause enough pressure already, Arizona will need to help keep President Barack Obama's bracket intact. President Obama and ESPN unveiled the annual Presidential Bracket on Monday, and he had the Arizona Wildcats making a deep run in this year's..." March 18

  • 5 things that must happen for Arizona to cut down the nets

    Fox Sports "Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller can't look past this weekend. It does him no good. It's a different story for the rest of us, eager to peek to the possibilities of the Sweet 16 and beyond. A national talking point is the dominance of unbeaten Kentucky -- would you bet on those Wildcats or the..." March 18

  • College Basketball's Most Valuable Teams: Louisville On Top, Kansas Close Behind "The Louisville Cardinals are, for the fourth consecutive year, college basketball’s most valuable team. But the team’s financial success appears to have ebbed for the first time since 2009. This year Louisville is worth $38.3 million, down a hair from last year’s $39.5 million valuation. And while..." March 18

  • Jason Terry to have jersey retired at Arizona

    Arizona Republic "Few players squeezed more use out of an Arizona Wildcats basketball jersey than Jason Terry did. Terry played four years at Arizona. There were 104 UA wins while he wore No. 31. He even slept in his uniform. Now, Terry's jersey can rest. Terry will become the fifth Arizona player to have..." February 19

  • Arizona center Tarczewski searching for lost confidence

    Fox Sports Arizona "The question was matter of fact, and it started Sean Miller's press conference this week: Is Kaleb Tarczewski meeting his expectations? As was Miller's response: "Probably not right now." Nearly two-thirds of the way into the season with two full seasons behind him, Tarczewski is seemingly..." February 14

  • To be great, Arizona has to solve case of disappearing defense

    Fox Sports Arizona "Arizona, this is your final wake-up call. That's three losses. That's three hard-to-figure losses. That's three losses to teams that rank no higher than No. 69 in the RPI. Gathering up the records of the other nine teams in the AP top 10, you can find only one loss to a team rated so poorly..." February 12

  • Arizona's McConnell again plays like Pac-12's POY

    Fox Sports Arizona "With Arizona winning big in what turned out to be a 57-34 victory, Oregon State and its coach Wayne Tinkle spoke briefly to the Wildcats' T. J. McConnell in front of Oregon State's bench after McConnell forced one of the Beaver's 17 turnovers. McConnell nodded and then smiled. "He just said..." January 31

  • Sources: Kobe's agent favored to sign Stanley Johnson; Lakers next?

    Sporting News "If there is some good to come out of the rotator cuff injury that sidelined Kobe Bryant for the remainder of the season, it is that the Lakers could lose a whole lot of games the rest of the way and finally be in position to draft a Kobe guy—this time, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. Several times..." January 26

  • Arizona tunes out 'noise' in what is a long season

    Fox Sports Arizona "Yes, Arizona hears the whispers and the cheers. It goes with the territory when you have all eyes on a program that found success for more than three decades. Highs and lows happen, but it's how it deals with them that's important. "We have this motto: 'It's all about the people in the gym..." January 20

  • Craig Victor transferring to LSU

    ESPN "Arizona transfer Craig Victor is headed home to LSU, his AAU coach, Gregg Holmes, told Oklahoma State was the other finalist for Victor, who announced his transfer from the Wildcats on Tuesday. Victor, a 6-foot-9 power forward, is a New Orleans native. He considered LSU coming out..." January 11

  • Arizona frosh Craig Victor to transfer

    ESPN "Arizona freshman Craig Victor, a top-50 recruit coming out of high school, is transferring in search of more playing time. "We wish Craig and his family well," Wildcats coach Sean Miller said in a statement released Tuesday. Victor was ranked 37th by ESPN in the Class of 2014. However, the..." January 07

  • Arizona point guards are all about the assist

    Fox Sports Arizona "Arizona's reputation as "Point Guard U" is alive and well in 2014-15. For a few years, there was doubt. But in the last couple of seasons, the point guard has returned to prominence in Tucson. Senior T.J. McConnell and now freshman Parker Jackson-Cartwright have done their part to restore the..." December 13

  • 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

    CBS Sports "The NCAA has officially cleared Arizona freshman center Dusan Ristic to play this season, sources confirmed to The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of 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 "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 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 "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

    CBS Sports "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