UA scores another major recruit

2011-02-18T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:57:53Z UA scores another major recruitBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 18, 2011 12:00 am  • 

A commitment from San Diego big man Angelo Chol on Thursday further suggests that the Arizona Wildcats' rise on the basketball court will be sustained.

Chol, a 6-foot-8-inch, 210-pound shot-blocking forward, chose Arizona over traditional powerhouses Kansas and North Carolina as well as Pac-10 rival Washington during a news conference at his Hoover High School.

Chol's commitment gives the Wildcats four top-75 players in the class of 2011, with guards Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner, plus offensively gifted forward Sidiki Johnson, already having signed letters of intent in the fall.

"You get two (big) guys in the class that complement each other, and you could also have the best backcourt in the league the next couple of years," ESPN analyst Dave Telep said. "I'm not surprised at all. Sean Miller made his bones as a recruiter, and he's making his mark as a coach. The guy is really good at his job with a huge name to sell."

Hoover coach Ollie Goulston, said Thursday that he and Chol initially rejected Miller's interest in the fall of 2009. But Goulston said Miller kept developing a relationship, was eventually invited to see Chol, and then closed the door.

"Coach Miller persevered and wouldn't take 'no' for an answer," Goulston said.

Having eliminated Washington and Alabama on Tuesday, Chol said he didn't make a final decision until Wednesday night.

"I liked their basketball system," Chol said via telephone after the news conference. "I felt like it was the place to go for me."

Chol is averaging 23.4 points, 14.8 rebounds, and 8.1 blocked shots per game for Hoover this season. Sidiki Johnson is considered a more polished scorer, but Chol is shooting 36 percent from three-point range.

"He's a shot-blocker/rebounder, and he runs the floor well," Rivals analyst Jerry Meyer said. "The reason he isn't ranked a little higher is that, at least on the traveling circuit, he doesn't always bring the energy you have to have to be a high-level defender and shot-blocker."

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 3 0 0.667 15 6 0 0.714
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
Colorado 4 4 0 0.500 11 8 0 0.579
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Washington State 4 5 0 0.444 10 11 0 0.476
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 68-67
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 34-57
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 88-89
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 88-89
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
Oregon
2/4 7:00 pm
UCLA at
Stanford
2/5 7:00 pm
Washington State at
Oregon State
2/5 8:00 pm
USC at
California
2/5 9:00 pm
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