2015-16 Countdown

Arizona Wildcats hoops countdown: We’re at 42 days and counting to tipoff


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They should come up with the T.J. McConnell Award given to the top transfer in college basketball each year.

Okay, a bit outlandish, but you the get the idea. Transfers from a four-year school give a coach like Sean Miller an advantage because that player has experience and the fortitude to make their switch meaningful.

You won’t find a transfer that needs to be treated with kid’s gloves like a freshman. McConnell, a transfer from Duquesne, became a legendary captain for Arizona in the same mold that Steve Kerr, Damon Stoudamire and Jason Gardner led their Wildcat teams.

Some media agencies are offering their top transfer rankings for 2015-16. Arizona is prominently mentioned with senior power forwards Ryan Anderson (Boston College) and Mark Tollefsen (San Francisco) on the roster. Anderson sat out last season per NCAA rules for an undergraduate transfer. Tollefsen is an immediate-eligible graduate transfer.

NBCSports.com rates Arizona No. 6 nationally in the top 15 transfer groups in college basketball this season. LostLettermen.com ranks Anderson the No. 3 top impact transfer in the nation behind Rasheed Sulaimon (from Duke to Maryland) and Damion Lee (from Drexel to Louisville).

Lee took a recruiting trip to Arizona in April but chose Louisville the following week.

Anderson averaged 13.5 points per game through his first three seasons at Boston College. He was a third-team All-ACC in 2012-13 and an All-ACC Freshman Team selection in 2011-12. Tollefsen is a strech-power forward like Anderson inasmuch as he can shoot the three-pointer (38 percent shooting from there last season).

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