Two of the most notable transfers on the market for major college programs are in Tucson this weekend visiting the Arizona campus.
Former Pittsburgh guard Cam Johnson, an immediate graduate-eligible player, and former Duke center Chase Jeter are getting the tour of the campus by Sean Miller, his staff and players.
Arizona has a strong selling point to each — immediate playing time and abundance of minutes.
Cam Johnson will be joined by Duke transfer Chase Jeter on visit to Arizona this weekend, source told ESPN. Johnson can play immediately.
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Johnson’s shooting on the perimeter is appealing inasmuch Kobi Simmons has left to chase his professional basketball aspirations and Rawle Alkins may be headed to the NBA after receiving an invitation the scouting combine in Chicago this week.
Johnson, who earned his bachelor’s degree in his third year as a redshirt sophomore at Pitt, has two years of eligibility remaining.
He is a 6’8″ athletic forward who averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game with the Panthers last season. He also shot an impressive 41.5 percent from 3-point range.
Miller has the recruiting edge of knowing Johnson’s father, Gilbert, since they were teammates at Pitt from 1988 to 1990.
The younger Johnson visited Kentucky earlier this week. Oregon and UCLA are also in the hunt.
Jeter, who was recruited by Miller out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas before choosing Duke in 2015, visited Cal last weekend. USC, Utah, Oregon, San Diego State, UCLA and Gonzaga are also possible destinations.
He must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules before playing as a junior in 2018-19.
The 6’10” and 230-pound talent played only 15 minutes a game last season for Duke, averaging 2.9 points and 2.7 rebounds.
He could be a perfect practice player next season challenging senior Dusan Ristic and five-star freshman center D’Andre Ayton, both of whom will likely be out of the program by when Jeter is eligible. Ristic will exhaust his eligibility and Ayton is most likely a one-year-and-done NBA prospect.
Miller will be in great need of frontcourt players in two years, with junior-to-be Chance Comanche potentially leaving while presently testing his value in pro hoops, and Keanu Pinder also exhausting his eligibility next season.
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