Arizona coach Sean Miller is still trying to add a piece, or two, for next season’s sure-to-be-highly-ranked team, but he’s already reloading for 2018-19.
Duke transfer big man Chase Jeter announced on social media late Tuesday afternoon that he’s “heading to Tucson.”
Jeter, from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, has to sit out next season. He will be eligible at Arizona when freshmen power forward Shareef O’Neal (No. 30 in the 247Sports Composite rankings) and wing Emmanuel Akot (No. 14) arrive on campus.
Jeter, a former five-star prospect, was limited by injuries as a sophomore, starting six of his 16 games. He averaged 2.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 14.9 minutes per game.
“Chase has been an outstanding young man in our program for the last two years,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement when Jeter announced his transfer in March. “He has been one of our top academic performers since he arrived on campus. Unfortunately, he was held back this season due to injury. We wish nothing but the absolute best for Chase and his family.”
Jeter (6-10, 230) was a McDonald’s high school All-American in 2015. He was on the 2015 United States Junior National Select Team (along with Arizona’s Allonzo Trier). Arizona offered him a scholarship out of high school.
After transferring from Duke, Jeter was looking to return to the West, looking at UNLV, Gonzaga, Cal, UCLA and Oregon, among others.