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Wasatch Academy wing Emmanuel Akot will reclassify for the class of 2017, meaning he can play for the Arizona Wildcats next season, Wasatch coach Curtis Condie confirmed Monday.

Akot\u2019s move probably also sews up the Wildcats\u2019 2017-18 roster, taking the 13th and final available scholarship, meaning recruiting targets Brian Bowen and Cam Johnson are likely off the Wildcats' board. UA also received the return of sophomore Rawle Alkins on Sunday from the NBA Draft pool.

Akot committed to the Wildcats in March for the class of 2018 but Condie said Monday that Akot was in sound shape academically and just has to get through this week at Wasatch to complete sufficient high school courses that will make him able to enroll at Arizona. He said Akot is expected to attend summer school at UA, meaning he will also be eligible to play on the Wildcats\u2019 exhibition trip to Spain in August.

\u201cWe were able to make it work,\u201d Condie said. \u201cWe just had to make sure it could be done academically and we were able to get through all of that.

\u201cOur kids take academic classes. They\u2019re not fluff classes. I think of it as this is where the Ivy League meets the Pac-12.\u201d

Akot, a product of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is listed at 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds but is expected to play a wing role off the bench for the Wildcats as a freshman. Condie said he also played backup point guard at Wasatch.

\u201cHe was our backup point, we posted him up and he worked a lot on his outside shot,\u201d Condie said. \u201cHe was more consistent about (his shot) and when he wants to be, he can be an outstanding defender.\u201d


Here's how Arizona's 2017-18 roster looks, now that it's all but finalized:

1. Dusan Ristic C Sr. 7-0 245

2. Parker Jackson-Cartwright G Sr. 5-10 170

3. Talbott Denny Sr. F 6-5 215\u00a0

4. Keanu Pinder Sr. F 6-9 220

5. Allonzo Trier Jr. G 6-5 205\u00a0

6. Chase Jeter Jr. F 6-10 230 (ineligible until 2018-19)

7. Rawle Alkins So. G 6-4 220

8. Dylan Smith So. G 6-5 170

9. DeAndre Ayton Fr. F/C 7-0 235\u00a0

10. Alex Barcello Fr. G 6-2 170

11. Ira Lee Fr. F 6-8 225\u00a0

12. Brandon Randolph Fr. F 6-6 180

13. Emmanuel Akot Fr. F 6-8 190


Or, to put the UA roster in \"depth chart\" form, it might look something like this heading into the summer:

PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Alex Barcello

SG Allonzo Trier, Dylan Smith, Brandon Randolph

SF Rawle Alkins, Emmanuel Akot, Randolph

PF DeAndre Ayton, Keanu Pinder, Ira Lee, Talbott Denny

C Dusan Ristic, Ayton

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Another Arizona Wildcats football player has retired because of medical reasons.

Defensive end Darrell Cloy Jr. announced his departure via Twitter on Sunday evening.

\u201cAfter talking with my family and after much prayer, I will be retiring from the game I love due to medical reasons,\u201d Cloy wrote. \u201cThis is truly the toughest decision I have ever had to make. I would like to thank Coach (Rich) Rodriguez and Coach (Vince) Amey for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play at this level, and also I would like to thank my teammates for their support.\u201d

pic.twitter.com/rFgXs64ESi

\u2014 Big Smoove (@DopeItsDeejay55) May 22, 2017

Cloy, who would have been a redshirt sophomore this season, said he would continue to be part of the program in the \u201crecruiting department.\u201d

Cloy came to Arizona as a tight end after attending La Habra (Calif.) High and Milford Academy, a prep school in New Berlin, New York. He played in 11 games in 2015, mainly on special teams, and caught one pass for 6 yards. He did not appear in a game last season.

Cloy became the second Wildcat to medically retire this month, joining tight end Brion Anduze. Cloy became the second defensive lineman to retire this offseason, joining Justin Holt. However, Arizona has taken steps to bolster its line, adding transfers Dereck Boles from Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College and Noah Jefferson from USC. Jefferson is not expected to be eligible until 2018.

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Arizona wing Rawle Alkins announced today he will return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season after testing the NBA Draft process, posting a statement on Twitter:

Story is not over yet, still have some unfinished business to take care of\ud83d\udcaf \ud83d\ude4f\ud83c\udfff SAVAGELIFE pic.twitter.com/eOBwEYLdL6

\u2014 Rawle Alkins (@Iam_RawleAlkins) May 21, 2017

Alkins was invited to the NBA Combine earlier this month and worked out for the Nets and Raptors before making his decision. He was replaced for a workout with Utah on Saturday, fueling speculation he might return to Arizona.

A projected second-round pick in 2018, Alkins was Arizona's third-leading scorer last season. He averaged 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Alkins' return means UA has one final scholarship available for the 2017-18 season, though it may also mean the Wildcats are less likely to land high school wing Brian Bowen or Pitt transfer forward Cam Johnson because the Wildcats appear to have a clear set of starters.

Alkins will be expected to start at small forward alongside point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, shooting guard Allonzo Trier, power forward DeAndre Ayton and center Dusan Ristic on a team that could be a preseason No. 1 pick.

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Maybe it means something, maybe it means nothing, but Rawle Alkins isn't going to work out for the Utah Jazz as scheduled on Saturday.

Alkins has worked out for the Nets and Raptors and was scheduled to visit Salt Lake City this weekend but the Jazz announced Friday he has been replaced by Illinois' Malcolm Hill. The Jazz hold draft picks 24, 30, 42 and 55 as of now.

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Tony Jones was among those pondering the possible significance:

Arizona guard Rawle Alkins has pulled out of a workout with the Utah Jazz...wondering if that means he's going back to school?

\u2014 Tony Jones (@Tjonessltrib) May 19, 2017

Alkins has until next Wednesday to withdraw if he wants to return to Arizona, a\u00a0deadline that is NCAA-imposed. The NBA's official withdrawal deadline of June 12 is meaningless for players thinking of returning to college.

In Toronto, Alkins was joined by Oregon's Dylan Ennis and four other players in a Raptors' workout, with UCLA's T.J. Leaf working out later.


Draft Express' post-ping-pong-ball lottery analysis says the Kings (5), Magic (6), Timberwolves (7) and Knicks (8) will all consider Lauri Markkanen but that Dallas will ultimately pick him at No. 9.

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Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez isn\u2019t the most popular man in Tucson these days. Such is life coming off a 3-9 season.

But you can\u2019t deny that Rodriguez cares deeply about the sport of college football and his colleagues in the coaching profession. He is the acting president of the American Football Coaches Association, and he\u2019s constantly pushing for positive change in matters that affect coaches and players.

Rodriguez recently commented on the many NCAA rule changes taking effect in college football this year and next. Although he was intimately involved in the discussions that led to their formation, Rodriguez didn\u2019t necessarily like all of the outcomes. Here are his thoughts:

Change: Early signing day. Recruits now can sign letters of intent in late December. This year, the window will be Dec. 20-23.

Rodriguez: \u201cDecember\u2019s better than February, but it doesn\u2019t solve the problems. I still think it makes more sense to have no signing day. I was one that voted against the December one, because I think there should be none.\u201d

Change: New period for official visits, starting April 1 of a student-athlete\u2019s junior year and ending in late June.

Rodriguez: \u201cRight now, you\u2019re allowed 56 official visits. We only use 36. So we save the school money. You kind of zero in on the guys you know (will come) by the time the official visits come. Now everybody\u2019s going to use 56, because it's so early in the process. So it\u2019s going to cost schools more money.

\u201cThe life of an assistant and the work that they do now is already pretty hectic. Which is OK; they get paid well. But to have official visits in those months is way too much to ask for kids, coaches and schools. I think it\u2019s a bad idea.\u201d

Change: The abolition of two-a-day practices during training camp.

Rodriguez: \u201cNot a big deal. You don\u2019t try grind guys (anymore). The difference nowadays is kids work out all summer. Maybe you could only have a couple (two-a-days). But leave it up to the discretion of the coach.

\u201cIf your coach is going grind his team into the ground, well, shame on him. I think most coaches nowadays have adopted that - not hitting, not going full pads every day, limiting the two-a-days. If you\u2019re going to have two-a-days, one of them is just going to be a light practice. That\u2019s what we do. We had what, three two-a-days last year? But we never had two hard ones in the same day. It was a light, easier practice, and then a hard one.

\u201cTo enforce that rule is almost saying, hey, you don\u2019t know how to get a team ready and in shape without beating them up. I think coaches are smarter these days as far as that goes.\u201d

Change: Addition of a 10th full-time, on-field assistant coach for FBS schools (effective Jan. 9, 2018).

Rodriguez: \u201cThey should\u2019ve added it right away. They\u2019re afraid to add it and disrupt programs. Well, there\u2019s always going to be disruptions. Why not hire guys now \u2013 between now and July \u2013 and get them acclimated? I\u2019m glad it passed, but I think it should have been effective right away.\u201d

Change: Similar to basketball, FBS schools no longer can hire \u201cpeople close to a prospective student-athlete\u201d for a two-year period before and after enrollment.

Rodriguez: \u201cConceptually, I understand why they did it. But to me, I\u2019m a coach; I\u2019m a member of a coaches\u2019 organization. I don\u2019t know why we\u2019d pass or be in favor of anything that limits opportunities, whether it\u2019s high school coaches or young coaches.

\u201cIf they say an individual associated with a prospect, does that mean you can\u2019t hire a personnel guy from another college team because he\u2019s recruited guys or has an association with them? There\u2019s a lot of unintended consequences, and I think it punishes high school coaches that do a good job of building programs and having Division I players.

\u201cI think the intent to clean up some of the BS was good, but I think they went about it the wrong way.\u201d

Change: Alterations to summer-camp protocols. They\u2019re limited to 10 days and must take place on campus or at \u201cfacilities regularly used by the school for practice or competition.\u201d Also, coaches are allowed to have recruiting conversations with prospects.

Rodriguez: \u201cThey were being used for recruiting before, so there\u2019s really nothing different. Actually, one of my ideas was to limit it to 10 days. That\u2019s better. I think camps, where they are now, are in a pretty good spot.

\u201cNobody did satellite camps to \u2018spread the wealth of knowledge of football.\u2019 Let\u2019s not be hypocritical. You did it because you wanted to recruit.\u201d

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The 13-player scholarship maximum hardly matters anymore in high-major college basketball recruiting, where players come and go all the time, and the inflow tends to stop once guys sense their potential playing time is spoken for.

(Like how new Oregon commit Miles Norris\u00a0told the Oregonian that Arizona, which had just received a commitment from Shareef O'Neal, had \"too many people the same position as me.\" Or how Brian Bowen appears to be only considering\u00a0UA if Rawle Alkins leaves.)

But looking at future rosters can serve as a reminder of what kind of room is left at the moment and what kind of needs the Wildcats have.

So in case anyone was wondering, here\u2019s how the latest head count looks now that Arizona's 2017-18 roster is getting close to final:

2017-18

Seniors

1. Dusan Ristic, center

2. Parker Jackson-Cartwright, guard

3. Talbott Denny, forward

4. Keanu Pinder, forward

Juniors

5. Allonzo Trier, guard

6. Chase Jeter, forward (ineligible until 2018-19)

Sophomores

7. Rawle Alkins, guard/forward (tentative, has until May 24 to decide)

8. Dylan Smith, guard

Freshmen

9. DeAndre Ayton, center/forward

10. Alex Barcello, guard

11. Ira Lee, forward

12. Brandon Randolph, guard

That\u2019s one open scholarship if Alkins returns to UA and two if he doesn\u2019t. And obviously a need for a small forward if he doesn\u2019t return, which makes the recruitments of Cam Johnson and Brian Bowen critical. (There's also a chance 2018 wing forward Emmanuel Akot could reclassify and play in 2017-18 if needed, since he's ahead academically at Utah's Wasatch Academy).

Now for a really silly exercise \u2013 yet one that highlights the importance of UA\u2019s 2018 recruiting class -- here\u2019s the 2018-19 roster and scholarship count as of now:

2018-19

Seniors

1. Allonzo Trier, wing

Juniors

2. Chase Jeter, forward

3. Rawle Alkins, guard/forward

4. Dylan Smith, guard

Sophomores

5. Alex Barcello, guard

6. Ira Lee, forward

7. Brandon Randolph, guard

Freshmen

8. Emmanuel Akot, forward

9. Shareef O\u2019Neal, forward

Obviously, Alkins and Trier aren\u2019t likely to be around by then (Ayton has already said he won\u2019t be), which makes it even more clear that the Wildcats need bodies for 2018-19 even after getting commitments from Akot, O\u2019Neal and Jeter. But getting Jeter was a big step for UA since he\u2019s almost certain to be around by then after sitting out next season as a redshirting transfer.\u00a0


North Carolina has entered the Cam Johnson sweepstakes.


For anyone seeking a Bill Walton fix this time of year, UA basketball publicist Matt Ensor put together a list of Walton's Grateful Dead references from UA games last season, actually having taken notes on them while watching each game video replay.


Drew Eubanks is withdrawing from the NBA Draft to return to Oregon State, so the Beavers will return their top trio of Eubanks, Stephen Thompson Jr and Tres Tinkle.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says the\u00a0one-and-done rule has\u00a0created a \"travesty\" in\u00a0college basketball.


In a Bleacher Report Q-and-A, Shareef O'Neal says he puts \"my recruiting hat on\" to talk to Bol Bol about coming to Arizona.


A school in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's hometown of Chester, Pa., named a gym after him.

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Arizona Wildcats tight end Brion Anduze, who suffered a devastating knee injury in the spring of 2016, has elected to retire from football.

Anduze made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday night, writing the following:

\u201cAfter much prayer and talking with my family, I have decided to step away from the game of football due to medical reasons. My heart aches because of so much love I have for the game, but I must do what is right for my health and for my future. I\u2019d like to thank Coach Rich Rodriguez and all of the coaches for giving me the opportunity to play at the University of Arizona, and my teammates for their support, and the fans.\u201d

pic.twitter.com/4xKpzEd4q7

\u2014 bduze (@AnduzeB) May 18, 2017

Anduze, who\u2019s from Silverdale, Washington, redshirted in 2015 and never played in a game for the Wildcats. On the first day of practice the following spring, he tore three ligaments in his left knee. The injury required two surgeries.

As recently as December of last year, Anduze expressed hope of making a comeback. Apparently, the injury was too much to overcome.

Anduze said he will help the strength staff during the upcoming season.

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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 2015 but never caught traction in the Blue Devils' rotation and struggled as a sophomore last season with a disk injury. He averaged just 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds over 16 games last season, playing heavily early in the season because of injuries to other players.

As a freshman in 2015-16, Jeter averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds and played just 7.9 minutes a game.

Duke announced Jeter's departure\u00a0on March 23.

\u201cChase has been an outstanding young man in our program for the last two years,\u201d Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. \u201cHe has been one of our top academic performers since he arrived on campus. Unfortunately, he was held back this season due to injury. We wish nothing but the absolute best for Chase and his family.\u201d

Jeter will be eligible to play for the Wildcats in 2018-19 after sitting out the required redshirt season for traditional transfers, and have up to two seasons to play.

Jeter made his decision after visiting UA along with Pitt transfer Cam Johnson during the weekend of May 5, and has a previous connection with UA coach Sean Miller: Not only did the Wildcats recruit him out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, but Jeter also played for USA Basketball's U18 team in 2014 -- a team on which Miller served as an assistant coach to head coach Billy Donovan.

Jeter is the latest of a string of four-year transfers Miller has brought in, allowing them to absorb his system before contributing the following season.

Recent four-year transfers at Arizona have included T.J. McConnell (from Duquesne in 2012), Ryan Anderson (from Boston College in 2014) and Dylan Smith (from UNC Asheville in 2016). As with Anderson, who suffered a shoulder injury in 2013, Jeter will also be able to fully rehab his disk injury.

By 2018-19, Jeter will have a chance to make an impact in a frontcourt that will lose Dusan Ristic and DeAndre Ayton after next season. Ristic will be a senior and Ayton says he will play one season for UA before turning pro.

Arizona now has one scholarship remaining for 2017-18 and two if wing Rawle Alkins stays in the NBA Draft pool. Alkins has until May 24 to decide if he wants to return to Arizona.

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The Arizona Wildcats received their fifth verbal commitment for the class of 2018 on Monday.

Three-star linebacker Issaiah Johnson of Los Alamitos, California, committed to the UA via Twitter:

After talking with my family and coaches, I am proud and honored to say that I have committed to the University of Arizona!\ud83d\udc3b\ud83d\udd34\ud83d\udd35 #BearDown pic.twitter.com/c7nW5WWpYw

\u2014 JEFE (@issaiah_johnson) May 16, 2017

Scout ranks Johnson as the No. 38 inside linebacker in the country, No. 7 in the West and No. 5 in California. He is listed at 6-3\u00bd (6-2 by Rivals) and 215 pounds.

Johnson is the second defensive player to commit to Arizona for 2018, joining defensive end Adam Plant of Las Vegas. Here\u2019s a look at the Wildcats\u2019 class to date:

ARIZONA 2018 COMMITS

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Arizona Wildcats defensive end Justin Belknap, who started 11 of 12 games last season as a walk-on, is no longer a walk-on.

The redshirt sophomore from Henderson, Nevada, received a scholarship Sunday. Belknap\u2019s mom broke the news on Mother\u2019s Day:

Can you say scholarship?! Best Mother's Day present ever!!! \ud83d\udc3b\u2b07\ufe0f\ud83c\udfc8#beardown #proudmom #UAfootball

\u2014 Anna Belknap (@annabelknaplv) May 14, 2017

Belknap accumulated 16 tackles, including 2.5 for losses, and two passes defensed as a redshirt freshman in 2016. His role on the team clearly merited a scholarship, but Belknap had to wait for accounting purposes.

As I noted near the end of this story on fellow defensive lineman Larry Tharpe Jr., the NCAA has a two-year rule when it comes to scholarships and how they\u2019re counted. Basically, if Arizona had given Belknap a scholarship during the \u201916 season, it would have counted against the school\u2019s annual allowance of 25 initial counters. Now it only counts toward the team\u2019s overall total of 85.

Despite being undersized (6-2, 247) and Arizona adding bodies to its defensive front, Belknap should remain part of the rotation next season. On paper, the Wildcats have enough viable players to deploy two full units at the three \u201cinterior\u201d defensive line positions.

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