Arizona will host two big-time transfers this weekend.
Transferring Duke sophomore big man Chase Jeter, a native of Las Vegas, will visit the Wildcats, as will transferring Pittsburgh sophomore forward Cam Johnson.
The 6-foot-10 Jeter has already visited Cal, San Diego State and Gonzaga ahead of a UCLA visit on May 12. The 6-8 Johnson has been to Kentucky and will hit Oregon and UCLA next week.
Johnson’s father played with Arizona coach Sean Miller at Pittsburgh.“It factors in a little bit because there’s familiarity and a level of trust that my dad has with him and that I have with him,” Johnson told Scout.com. “We know him and his family well. I think it mostly comes down to trust factor and familiarity and comfort having him as a coach. “They have a spot with [Rawle] Alkins leaving, if he stays in the draft, obviously,” he added. “With him leaving they have a spot they need me to fill and there’s a role for me there with the rest of the team there. There’s a spot carved out for me there, that’s their pitch.” Arizona loses Lauri Markkanen and Kobi Simmons to the NBA Draft, while Alkins, a Brooklyn native, is testing the waters and will be at the NBA Draft combine next week in Chicago. As for his Kentucky visit, Johnson spoke highly of that. “[Coach John Calipari’s] pitch to me was pretty much the fact that the team is young and they need some experience and some age,” Johnson told Scout. “They have a need for a player that can shoot like myself, along with the fact that it’s Kentucky. There are pro scouts at every practice. They compete every day. It’s just a competitive environment to get better in.” Johnson averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assist last season at Pitt.
Jeter suffered a herniated disc that required surgery halfway through his sophomore campaign and played in 16 games with six starts. He averaged 2.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 14.9 minutes per appearance.