The Arizona basketball team capped its Top 10 recruiting class for 2011 when San Diego Hoover big man Angelo Chol selected the Wildcats over Kansas and North Carolina today.
Chol, who rejected Arizona’s earlier interest after Sean Miller became head coach in 2009, said he came to know the UA coaches more often and was impressed with his campus visit last month.
“I felt like it fit me,” Chol said. “I liked their basketball system. I felt like it was the place to go for me and coach Miller
A 6-foot-8, 210-pound shot blocker and rebounder with improving offensive skills, Chol is rated No. 43 overall in the class of 2011 by Scout.com while Rivals has him at No. 76. He will join forward Sidiki Johnson along with guards Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner in what is likely to be a consensus Top 10 recruiting class.
"I think you get two guys in the class that complement each other in and you could have the best backcourt in the league the next couple of years," ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep said.
Chol said it didn't matter to him whether or not Derrick Williams leaves for the NBA as expected.
"Angelo loves to win," Hoover coach Ollie Goulston said. "Angelo's hoping Derrick is back because that means they have a better chance to win the national championship. He's not really caught up in what minutes he could play."
Chol is averaging 23.4 points, 14.8 rebounds, and 8.1 blocked shots per game for Hoover High School this season. He’s also shooting 36 percent from three-point range.
As a sophomore in 2008-09, Chol set the national blocked shots record with 337. He had 19 against Lincoln High School on Dec. 8, 2008, tying the San Diego record set by Jelani McCoy of St. Augustine.