San Diego State has become a popular destination for promising transfers seeking a return to California and a fresh start. Ex-Arizona big man Angelo Chol went to high school in San Diego and was in search of a new school.
Seems like a natural fit, right? Well, they both apparently thought so too.
Chol visited San Diego State on Tuesday and told the San Diego Union-Tribune the next day that he has informed coach Steve Fisher he plans to join the Aztecs. Despite interest from dozens of schools across the country, San Diego State was the only school the 6-foot-9 rising junior visited.
The addition of Chol is more impactful for San Diego State than his modest scoring and rebounding numbers at Arizona would suggest.
A former top 100 recruit at San Diego's Hoover High School, Chol chose Arizona over the likes of Kansas, North Carolina and Washington. The Sudan native contributed sparingly at Arizona as a freshman before watching his playing time off the bench all but vanish as a sophomore as a result of the three highly touted big men coach Sean Miller landed in the class of 2012.
Even with forward Grant Jerrett unexpectedly turning pro recently, it probably would have been more of the same next season for Chol. The addition of McDonald's All-American Aaron Gordon to go with returners Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski ensured that Chol would have been no better than Arizona's fourth big man had he returned.Read More »from Angelo Chol may be a more significant addition for San Diego State than his stats suggest