Arizona Rumors & News

  • 5-star F Emmanuel Akot will join Arizona next season after reclassifying

    Campus Sports "Good news continues to pour in for the Arizona basketball program. On Monday, Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported five-star commit Emmanuel Akot has reclassified and will join the Wildcats in the Class of 2017. “I chose to reclass because I know I’m ready,” Akot told the website. “I want to..." May 22

  • Arizona gets boost as Alkins withdraws from NBA draft

    CBS Sports "Rawle Alkins announced Sunday that he's withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to Arizona for his sophomore year. "I can't wait to help the Wildcats win a national championship," Alkins said. Alkins averaged 10.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28 minutes per game as a freshman..." May 22

  • Duke transfer Chase Jeter commits to Arizona Wildcats

    Arizona Republic "Former Duke big man Chase Jeter announced Wednesday on Twitter he will transfer to Arizona, choosing the Wildcats over a number of Western programs including UNLV, Oregon, Gonzaga, Cal and UCLA. Jeter was a five-star recruit out of Las Vegas in 2016 but struggled as a freshman with the Blue..." May 17

  • Arizona's Chance Comanche staying in NBA draft

    ArizonaSports.com "Chance Comanche had until May 24, 10 days after the NBA Scouting Combine, to determine whether he wanted to remain in the NBA Draft or return to the University of Arizona for his junior season. He did not need that much time. On Friday, Comanche announced via Twitter he intended to remain in..." May 06

  • Arizona lands Class of 2018 star Shareef O'Neal, son of Shaquille O’Neal

    CBS Sports "Class of 2018 standout Shareef O'Neal -- the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal -- committed to Sean Miller's Arizona Wildcats early Wednesday. The commitment was confirmed via Twitter. O'Neal is ranked 31st in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports. The 6-foot-9 forward picked Arizona..." April 19

  • Arizona hires former Washington HC Lorenzo Romar as assistant

    Tuscon "Arizona formally announced the hiring of former Washington coach Lorenzo Romar as an associate head coach on Saturday. Romar, who was fired at Washington last month after going 298-196 over 15 seasons as the Huskies' head coach, will replace Joe Pasternack, who left to become UC Santa Barbara's..." April 16

  • Allonzo Trier's return to Arizona makes No. 1 preseason ranking look stronger

    Sporting News - NCAAB "In two seasons on the Arizona Wildcats roster — let’s not call it two seasons, because it hasn’t really been that — Allonzo Trier has played 1,332 minutes. That’s only a little bit more than North Carolina’s Justin Jackson lasted this past season alone. So maybe it’s understandable that Trier..." April 13

  • Arizona Wildcats confirm Chance Comanche will test NBA Draft, not hire agent

    Tuscon "Arizona confirmed reserve center Chance Comanche will test the NBA Draft without hiring an agent. He'll have until May 24, 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine, to decide if he wants to return. But it's not clear if he'll get an invitation to the combine, since there are only 60 spots. “I am..." April 09

  • Kobi Simmons declares for 2017 NBA Draft

    The Daily Wildcat "Arizona freshman Kobi Simmons declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday per a statement from the Arizona basketball program. In his lone season at Arizona, Simmons averaged 8.7 points and 2.0 assists per game. He appeared in 37 games, starting in 19 of them. “Kobi Simmons, with the support of..." April 06

  • Late rally lifts No. 11 Xavier to upset of No. 2 Arizona

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sean Miller knows what it feels like to take Xavier to the Elite Eight. Now he knows the bitter feeling of being on the other side. Musketeers guard Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points and fed center Sean O'Mara for the game-winning layup with 44 seconds remaining as..." March 24

  • Arizona's Sean Miller says he got outcoached by Xavier's Chris Mack

    USA Today "Arizona coach Sean Miller was pointing fingers after his second-seeded Wildcats lost to No. 11 Xavier 73-71 Thursday night at the SAP Center. He pointed them mostly at himself, suggesting he was outcoached by his counterpart, Xavier’s Chris Mack. “He had his way with us tonight,’’ Miller..." March 24

  • Arizona's Alkins expects to play in Sweet 16 despite dislocated finger

    ESPN "Arizona guard Rawle Alkins dislocated his right index finger and sustained a minor fracture in the Wildcats' second-round win over St. Mary's. The freshman suffered the injury during the first half of the game amidst a scuffle for a defensive rebound. Rawle said the ball hit his finger, and..." March 19

  • Arizona rallies to beat Saint Mary's

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Allonzo Trier didn't give up at halftime. No one would have blamed Trier for not feeling like it was going to be his day. The Arizona guard missed all four shots he took in the first half and committed two costly turnovers. But he didn't back down. Trier came out with..." March 18

  • Arizona powers past North Dakota

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Facing an opponent that thrives on a creating fast tempo and scoring in bunches, Arizona beat it at its own game. Along the way, the Wildcats unveiled the full potential of what this offense may be capable of doing. Arizona reached the 100-point plateau for the third time..." March 17

  • No. 7 Arizona holds off No. 5 Oregon in Pac-12 final

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS -- Arizona sophomore guard Allonzo Trier left the court at T-Mobile Arena, arms raised, a trophy in one hand, soaking in cheers from the fans. His crazy journey of a season still has the most important act to come, but a moment such as this -- being the Most Outstanding Player of..." March 12

  • Arizona's Trier questioned if he'd ever play again following suspension

    ESPN "To reassure those around him, Pac-12 tournament MVP and Arizona star Allonzo Trier would offer platitudes aimed to quell the drama surrounding his 19-game suspension for a failed performance-enhancing drug test. Trier, who said in a statement he "never knowingly" took a PED, touted his faith...." March 12

  • Arizona tops UCLA to advance to Pac-12 title game

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS -- Arizona suffered one of its worst losses of the Sean Miller era when it played at Oregon earlier this season. The Wildcats will get a chance for revenge. Forward Lauri Markkanen scored 29 points and guard Allonzo Trier added 20 as seventh-ranked Arizona advanced to the..." March 11

  • No. 7 Arizona rolls over Colorado in Pac-12 quarters

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS -- Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen had not seen his 3-point shots go through the rim so much in quite a while. But it was only a matter of time. The 7-foot freshman broke out of his shooting slump en route to a team-high 20 points as the hot-shooting, seventh-ranked Wildcats..." March 10

  • No. 7 Arizona clinches share of Pac-12 title

    The Sports Xchange "The hallmarks of Sean Miller's eight seasons at Arizona have been defense and rebounding. Those came to the forefront in the second half Saturday as the No. 7 Wildcats claimed a share of the Pac-12 title with a 73-60 victory over Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. "Our defense was the..." March 04

  • No. 5 UCLA beats No. 4 Arizona in Pac-12 showdown

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball, told a Tucson radio station Saturday, "My boy don't lose to people two times in a row." Lonzo and the Bruins proved him right -- again. In a Pac-12 showdown featuring the best rivalry in the West over the..." February 25

  • No. 4 Arizona tops USC ahead of battle with UCLA

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- No. 4 Arizona will be riding a wave of momentum heading into a Saturday showdown against No. 5 UCLA. Guard Allonzo Trier scored a season-high 25 points for the hot-shooting Wildcats, who stayed in control of the Pac-12 race by beating USC 90-77 on Thursday night...." February 24

  • Markkanen helps No. 5 Arizona defeat Washington

    The Sports Xchange "Two of the best freshmen in the country -- Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen and Washington guard Markelle Fultz -- played to a scoring standstill but as usual, Markkanen's team won. Markkanen had 26 points and 13 rebounds, guard Allonzo Trier scored 21 and the No. 5 Wildcats held on to beat..." February 18

  • No. 5 Arizona wipes out Washington State

    The Sports Xchange "Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen is an unusual player, a 7-footer who shoots nearly 50 percent from 3-point range. But to bust a four-game slump, he needed to get closer to the basket. Markkanen, a freshman from Finland, got tough in the paint with a double-double Thursday night, and..." February 17

  • No. 9 Arizona struggles to shake off Stanford

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona was looking to bounce back from a lopsided loss to Oregon, playing a Stanford team it beat earlier this season by 39 points. Instead, the ninth-ranked Wildcats nearly lost again. Arizona couldn't shake Stanford, needing clutch free-throw shooting and a big..." February 09

  • No. 13 Ducks use 3-point barrage to rout No. 5 Wildcats

    The Sports Xchange "EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon celebrated the NCAA's longest home winning streak in style. Sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey scored 23 points as the 13th-ranked moved into a tie for first place in the Pac-12 with a 85-58 win over fifth-ranked Arizona on Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena...." February 04

  • No. 5 Arizona responds after trailing at halftime

    The Sports Xchange "The table is set. Fifth-ranked Arizona warmed up for Saturday's Pac-12 showdown at second-place Oregon with a 71-54 victory Thursday against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., although it took the Wildcats until the second half to get hot. Arizona guard Allonzo Trier scored a season-high..." February 03

  • Allen's defense guides No. 7 Wildcats by Washington

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona coach Sean Miller consistently said this season that senior guard Kadeem Allen is one of the best defenders he has had with the Wildcats. Sunday provided more evidence. Allen produced 14 points, six rebounds and five assists while playing pesky defense against..." January 29

  • Trier leads No. 7 Arizona in first home game since return

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- Just because guard Allonzo Trier is back doesn't mean everything is right with the Arizona Wildcats. Trier scored a team-high 17 points in his season home debut and forward Lauri Markkanen had a double-double Thursday night, but No. 7 Arizona couldn't pull away from..." January 27

  • Simmons helps No. 14 Arizona upset No. 3 UCLA

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Even though Arizona was ranked No. 14, it felt a little unappreciated entering a Pac-12 battle against No. 3 UCLA on Saturday. That should change. Freshman guard Kobi Simmons had a career-high 20 points and freshman forward Lauri Markkanen added 18 when the Wildcats..." January 21

  • Arizona guard Allonzo Trier cleared to play Saturday against UCLA

    CBS Sports "Arizona guard Allonzo Trier has been cleared by the NCAA and will be available on Saturday for the Wildcats against No. 3 UCLA, the school announced Friday. Trier, a 6-foot-5 guard, has not played in any of the teams 19 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He filed for..." January 21

  • Arizona tops USC to stretch win streak to 11

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- When Arizona needed a play, it found Lauri Markkanen. He did the rest. Markkanen scored 23 points and his banked 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play gave the No. 14 Wildcats the cushion they needed to extend their winning streak to 11 games in a 73-66 victory over the USC..." January 20

  • Arizona's Trier confirms PEDs behind indefinite suspension

    Fox Sports "Arizona guard Allonzo Trier reportedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, which led to his indefinite suspension, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports. Trier has reportedly been cleared by the NCAA to return, but cannot play until the substance is entirely out of his system. The levels..." January 19

  • Markkanen scores 30 as No. 16 Arizona tops Arizona State

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions in the first half, and coach Sean Miller had a message for his team. "The crowd got crazy," said guard Kadeem Allen, "and Coach said keep giving it to him. So we kept looking for him and he kept..." January 13

  • No. 17 Arizona secures 82-73 win over Colorado

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona coach Sean Miller raved about the performance of guard Kadeem Allen, and it really had nothing to do with the senior's career-best 18 points with the Wildcats. Allen also had the defensive assignment Saturday night on Colorado's leading scorer Derrick White, who..." January 08

  • Jackson-Cartwright, Ristic power No. 16 Arizona past Utah

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona has won its first three Pac-12 games. It would be a different story, coach Sean Miller said, if not for the return of point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Jackson-Cartwright, who missed almost all of seven games because of a high ankle sprain, has 19 assists and..." January 06

  • No. 19 Arizona too tall an order for Stanford

    The Sports Xchange "STANFORD, Calif. -- Arizona's offensive capabilities were on full display Sunday evening as the No. 19 Wildcats continued their dominance of Stanford with a 91-52 victory over the Cardinal in a Pac-12 game at Maples Pavilion. Arizona (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12) exploited its height advantage to the..." January 02

  • No. 18 Arizona heats up after slow start against Cal

    The Sports Xchange "BERKELEY, Calif. -- When No. 18 Arizona made just three of its first 19 shots from the field and had only six points nearly 11 minutes into Friday night's game at California, the Wildcats looked very much like what they were -- a team that starts three freshmen who have never played in a Pac-12..." December 31

  • Nio. 18 Arizona blows out New Mexico

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona ended its nonconference season with one of its best all-around performances of the season. Five players scored in double figures, and the 18th-ranked Wildcats turned in a smothering defensive effort as they breezed past New Mexico 77-46 on Tuesday night at McKale..." December 21

  • Arizona Wildcats' Sean Miller: One-and-done mentality 'completely upside down'

    Tuscon "During a 35-minute media session today, Sean Miller expressed some optimism about getting guys back in the short run … and some long-run concern over the one-and-done rule: Miller expanded on his statement Saturday that guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright is ahead of schedule on recovering from a..." December 20

  • No. 19 Arizona holds off Texas A&M

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- For Arizona, seven (players that is) was enough, but just barely, to beat upset-minded Texas A&M on Saturday in the first game of the Lone Star Shootout at the Toyota Center. Dusan Ristic scored 18 points and Lauri Markkanen added 17 as No. 19 Arizona built a huge lead and held..." December 17

  • No. 19 Arizona holds off upset-minded Grand Canyon

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- As Arizona coach Sean Miller said, "Nobody has less depth than us." It is a high-wire act right now for the 19th-ranked Wildcats, who have seven available scholarship players and ran into a feisty Grand Canyon team on Wednesday night. Freshman guard Kobi Simmons scored..." December 15

  • No. 20 Arizona uses 3-point shot to rout Missouri

    The Sports Xchange "Arizona is known for its size and athleticism, not for its 3-point shooting. Try telling that to Missouri. Freshman guards Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons each scored a career-high 19 points as the 20th-ranked Wildcats used the 3-point shot and a 21-0 run in the second half to beat..." December 10

  • No. 20 Arizona stomps Anteaters

    The Sports Xchange "Arizona solved a 2-3 zone -- and actually played some of its own. Junior center Dusan Ristic found soft spots in the zone and was effective close to the basket, recording the second double-double of his career, as the 20th-ranked Wildcats cruised past UC Irvine 79-57 on Tuesday night in..." December 07

  • Arizona loses point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright to high ankle sprain

    Arizona Sports "Arizona point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright left the Wildcats’ game against Texas Southern on Wednesday with a leg injury. The starter for coach Sean Miller left with 12:27 remaining in the first half after a collision while attempting to move across a screen. Miller said in his postgame..." December 06

  • Karnowski leads No. 8 Gonzaga past No. 16 Arizona

    The Sports Xchange "Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins said the Bulldogs owed Arizona some "payback" for losses in three consecutive seasons. They got it Saturday. And much of that was because the Wildcats had no answer for Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski. The 7-foot-1, 300-pound center hit 9 of 13 shots and..." December 03

  • Arizona guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright expected to miss 'considerable amount of time' with high ankle sprain

    Arizona Daily Wildcat "Arizona junior point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright is expected to miss a "considerable amount of time" with a high ankle sprain suffered in the Wildcats' 85-63 win over Texas Southern Wednesday. Jackson-Cartwright was in a collision and collapsed on the court at the 12:27 mark, but walked..." December 01

  • No. 16 Arizona loses point guard in 85-63 win

    The Sports Xchange "Arizona's injury situation got worse Wednesday night. Starting point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright suffered a high right ankle sprain in the first half of an 85-63 victory over Texas Southern in Tucson, Ariz., as the 16th-ranked Wildcats are now down to seven available scholarship..." November 30