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May 8, 2013

Chol coming back to San Diego

[db]Angelo Chol[/db] is coming back to San Diego.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound sophomore forward announced last week that he would be transferring out of the University of Arizona, and after visiting San Diego State on Tuesday, he has decided to become an Aztec.

"I believe this change will put me in a better situation to earn more playing time and a starting role elsewhere," Chol said in a statement last week when he announced his decision to transfer. "I have enjoyed my time in Tucson and want to thank my teammates, coaching staff and the fans for their support."

Chol was a four-star prospect ranked No. 73 in the 2011 class coming out of San Diego (Calif.) Hoover High School, and he signed with Arizona after deciding between the Wildcats, North Carolina and Kansas. But that potential didn't manifest itself on the court over his two-year career, and he averaged just 2.4 points (on 51.7 percent shooting) and 2.2 rebounds per game in 63 career appearances coming off the bench. He seemingly got lost in Arizona's crowded front court and saw his playing time drop from 12.1 minutes per game as a freshman to 8.5 mpg last season. Although UofA forward [db]Grant Jarrett[/db] decided this offseason to declare for the NBA Draft, the Wildcats are bringing in five-star forward [db]Aaron Gordon[/db] and junior forward/center [db]Matt Korcheck[/db] will also be available after coming off a redshirt season, so it was tough to see Chol's minutes increasing.

"I wish Angelo much success in his future," Arizona head coach [db]Sean Miller[/db] said in a release. "I believe that Angelo's best days as a basketball player are ahead of him. He did a tremendous job in his two years in our program both on the court and in the classroom. He is one of the finest people and nicest kids that I have ever coached."

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Chol must sit out next season but will be available to play in 2014-15. He's set to join an Aztec team that lacked an inside scoring threat last season, and currently has only two players ([db]Skylar Spencer[/db] and [db]James Johnson[/db]) 6-foot-9 or taller on the roster.


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