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Former Arizona forward Angelo Chol transferring to San Diego State

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Former Arizona forward Angelo Chol has made his decision in regards to his next destination, with Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune reporting that Chol will transfer to San Diego State.

This move doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as the native of Khartoum, Sudan attended Hoover High School in San Diego and considers the city to be “home” in a sense.

“Angelo had a lot of success here,” Ollie Goulston, Chol’s coach at Hoover High, told the Union-Trubune. “He wants to get back to that foundation of success. Why look elsewhere if everything he’s looking for is right here? The opportunity to get better and come home was too good to pass up.”

Chol didn’t receive a great deal of playing time in either of his two seasons at Arizona, but the arrival of highly-touted freshmen Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett (who has entered the 2013 NBA Draft) and Kaleb Tarczewski led to him playing just 8.5 minutes per game this past season.

Chol averaged 1.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest for the Wildcats, who reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. And even with Jerrett’s departure, the arrival of McDonald’s All-American Aaron Gordon likely meant that Chol would see similar minutes as a junior.

With that in mind Chol made the decision to transfer, and after sitting out the 2013-14 campaign per NCAA transfer rules the expectation is that he’ll be the latest Aztec forward to flourish under head coach Steve Fisher.

“One thing San Diego State has proven and shown on a consistent basis is they are very successful with long, athletic post guys,” Goulston said. “Aerick Sanders, Billy White, Malcolm Thomas, Marcus Slaughter, Kawhi Leonard, Mohammed Abukar, they’re all basically the same guy – 6-8, 6-9 guys with long, wiry bodies who can do a lot of things well.”

In addition to Chol San Diego State will also have Skylar Spencer inside in 2014-15, and those two are capable of being one of the better big man tandems in the Mountain West when the time comes.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.

h/t ShockerHoops.net

AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.