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International Prospect Adama Bal Commits To Arizona

May 12, 2021 1:17 AM

Top international prospect Adama Bal announced his commitment to Arizona.

The 17-year-old Bal is considered to be one of the top prospects in Europe going the college route. 

"It came down to opportunity. I had no clear intention of going to college and really considered going pro, but offers were fairly limited in France. So when the Arizona offer came around late, with the level of facilities, staff and the development plan for me there, it was really difficult to pass up," said Bal.

Currently playing in France's third division, Bal helped France win the U16 European Championship in 2019.

Bal represents the third international commit headed to Arizona next season. 

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Arizona Hires Tommy Lloyd As Head Coach

Apr 14, 2021 10:35 PM

Arizona has hired Tommy Lloyd as its next head coach.

Lloyd has been at Gonzaga since 2000, serving as an assistant coach under Mark Few for the past 20 seasons.

"While there are certainly potential obstacles ahead for our program, I embrace the challenge as we will build on the foundation in place to compete for Pac-12 and national championships," Lloyd said in a statement.

Arizona also considered Damon Stoudamire, Josh Partner and Miles Simon.

Lloyd played a key role in helping Gonzaga secure five-star prospects Jalen Suggs and Hunter Sallis in the past two recruiting classes, has the Zags in position to land No. 1 overall recruit Chet Holmgren and also led the way in landing impact transfers like Brandon Clarke and Kyle Wiltjer.

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Sean Miller Fired As Head Coach Of Arizona

Apr 7, 2021 1:49 PM

Arizona has fired Sean Miller as head coach after 12 years with the school.

Miller had one season remaining on his contract.

Miller's program had been under fire since a 2017 federal investigation. 

The NCAA charged the school with five Level I violations, according to a notice of allegations released last month. The program was hit with two alleged instances of academic misconduct, while Miller was charged for not demonstrating "that he promoted an atmosphere for compliance and monitored his staff."

Arizona self-imposed a one-year postseason ban for this past season.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Miller is likely to join an NBA team as an assistant coach this offseason. Miller has already received interest from at least one NBA team. 

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Arizona Freshman Daniel Batcho To Be Re-Evaluated In January Following Knee Surgery

Nov 7, 2020 1:13 AM

Arizona freshman Daniel Batcho is out indefinitely following knee surgery.

The 6-foot-10 Batcho was considered the top European big man prospect in college.

Batcho missed the 2018-19 season after tearing his ACL.

Arizona announced that Batcho will be re-evaluated in late January. 

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Arizona Served With Nine Misconduct Allegations

Oct 26, 2020 8:09 AM

The University of Arizona have been served with nine allegations of misconduct with five of them being Level I allegations.

Arizona has also been charged with lack of institutional control and failure to monitor, and Wildcats coach Sean Miller has been charged with lack of head coach control.

Arizona is the eighth university to publicly acknowledge receiving an NCAA notice of allegations related to information obtained from a federal investigation into bribes and other misconduct in college basketball, joining Kansas, Louisville, NC State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, TCU and USC.

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Brandon Williams To Leave Arizona For Professional Opportunities

Sep 5, 2020 12:50 PM

Sophomore guard Brandon Williams will leave Arizona to pursue professional opportunities.

Williams, who averaged 11.5 points and 3.4 assists as a freshman, did not play last season due to a knee injury.

"Brandon is one of the most talented guards we have recruited during my tenure here. Unfortunately, his health didn't allow him to showcase his talents for an entire career in our program. In his lone year playing for us, while he was never 100% physically, Brandon had an outstanding season," said Sean Miller in a statement. 

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Lute Olson Passes Away At 85

Aug 27, 2020 11:09 PM

Lute Olson has passed away at the age of 85.

Olson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Olson was head coach of the University of Arizona for 25 years, reaching the Final Four five times and winning the National Championship in 1997.

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