Nearly every reporter who covers a beat, especially recruiting, knows that whatever is the most inconvenient time, that is when news will break. Plan a vacation, plan for a commitment. Go to the movies, expect a transfer. Anniversary? That is when all hell breaks loose.
So, it was no surprise that when I planned a family vacation to Mexico, that multiple commitments would occur.
I even picked a resort that boasted Wi-Fi, only to discover that it only “worked” in the lobby, and that I apparently have a different definition of “working” than the staff of the Sonoran Sea in Rocky Point.
But enough of my problems, you want the commitments and other news.
That Arizona basketball team added another transfer when Cornell graduate transfer Stone Gettings announced he would leave the Ivy League for the Wildcats. There is a catch, however. Gettings does not graduate until December. The 6-9 big man will graduate in the winter, then enroll at Arizona and sit out the rest of the season.
He will then play the entire 2019-2020 season.
Gettings played high school basketball with former Wildcat Parker Jackson-Cartwright, and as a junior at Cornell, he averaged 16.7 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. A versatile big man, he shot 36.8-percent from behind the arc, but at 235 pounds can also be a strong inside presence.
He is a player who has improved year after year at Cornell. After averaging just 2.1 ppg as a freshman, he improved that average by over 10 points a game as a sophomore, and was the team’s top offensive threat last season.
He chose Arizona over Stanford and Vanderbilt and is the third transfer for the Wildcats this offseason, joining Samford’s Justin Coleman and Pittsburgh’s Ryan Luther.
The Arizona football team added a commitment from wide receiver Jalen Johnson. The 6-3, 170-pounder is a 3-star recruit, who is beginning to see his recruitment pick up after an injury shortened junior season. Johnson caught just 10 balls for 189 yards at Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt High School last season.
He boasted offers from Colorado State, New Mexico State, Oregon State and Utah, and was garnering interest from other Pac-12 schools.
In other Arizona news:
Dusan Ristic signed a multi-year deal with Serbian pro team Red Star Belgrade. It is believed to be a three-year deal and likely explains why Ristic chose not to play with the Phoenix Suns summer league team.
On the opposite end of the professional spectrum, Kadeem Allen has been waived from his two-way contract by the Boston Celtics.