The Arizona Wildcats are losing two players early to the NBA this spring, but coach Sean Miller knows things might be even worse in 2015.
“We’re having a lot of turnover next spring,” Miller said earlier this week.
Up to four UA players could leave early after next season, plus seniors T.J. McConnell and Matt Korcheck. The frontcourt in particular could be devastated if Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski all leave early.
That’s one reason Miller is excited to bring in junior forward Ryan Anderson as a transfer from Boston College this week. Anderson committed to UA on Thursday evening and, after sitting out next season under NCAA transfer rules, will join a 2015-16 Wildcat team that could be in heavy transition.
He’ll bring the experience and skills that earned him ACC postseason honors in each of his three seasons at B.C.: He was named to the ACC’s all-Freshman team in 2011-12, the third-team all-league team in 2012-13 and was honorable mention all-league last season.
“Ryan Anderson is an incredibly productive basketball player,” Miller said in a statement released Friday. “He was a double-figure scorer and an excellent rebounder in all three of his seasons in the ACC. He has shown a great ability to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line.
“Ryan is also an outstanding student and a high-character person who will be a valuable addition to the culture of both our program and the University of Arizona. I believe these attributes will really translate well into our program at a crucial time for us.”
Miller said he hoped to bring in six players for the recruiting class of 2015. He already has commitments from two 2015 high school players — guards Tyler Dorsey and Justin Simon — while Anderson will join them as a fifth-year senior for the 2015-16 season.
Arizona has now filled all 13 scholarships for next season, and also has 13 players on paper for 2015-16, but the Wildcats will almost certainly have more 2015-16 openings because of early departures next spring.