Arizona basketball: Waiver makes Chol an official Wildcat

2011-05-06T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T10:14:09Z Arizona basketball: Waiver makes Chol an official WildcatBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 06, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Angelo Chol's letter of intent never made it to Sudan, but he became an official Arizona Wildcat on Thursday.

Chol, a 6-foot-9-inch, 215-pound forward from Sudan via San Diego, committed to the Wildcats in February and was scheduled to sign a binding letter of intent when the spring signing period began last month.

But his father, Akieng, returned to Sudan shortly before the signing period began, and could not be easily reached by telephone. But according to Ollie Goulston, Chol's coach at San Diego Hoover High School, UA assistants James Whitford and Book Richardson secured a waiver from the NCAA that allowed San Diego attorney Leslie Coughlin to sign the LOI instead.

Neither Goulston nor Coughlin are legal guardians of Chol, 17. But Coughlin aided Chol as a refugee from Sudan and has remained close.

"Eventually, we got it all done," Goulston said. "It really didn't matter to me one way or another, because I knew he was going there. But for Angelo, it was a weight off his shoulders."

The receipt of the letter allows UA coaches to visit Chol more frequently and talk about him publicly. UA coach Sean Miller said in a statement he was excited to have Chol, the fourth and probably final signee of a 2011 recruiting class rated No. 4 by Rivals and Scout.

"Angelo is an exceptional athlete, an excellent shot-blocker, and has become a very skilled player when facing the basket offensively," Miller said. "This versatility as a forward makes him an ideal fit for our style of play. ... We are eager to help his continued development."

In November, the UA signed forward Sidiki Johnson of Bronx, N.Y.; guard Josiah Turner of Sacramento, Calif.; and guard Nick Johnson of Gilbert.

"It is exciting to see how well Angelo complements the abilities of Nick, Josiah and Sidiki," Miller said. "We are counting on these guys to contribute immediately."

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 1 0 0.875 19 2 0 0.905
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon State 5 3 0 0.625 13 6 0 0.684
Oregon 4 4 0 0.500 14 7 0 0.667
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 5 0 0.375 12 10 0 0.545
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 55-73
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 56-90
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 84-74
Colorado at
USC
1/29 84-74
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 59-69
California at
Washington State
1/29 59-69
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
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