Some may argue the last time Arizona challenged Kansas and North Carolina for such a major prize the Wildcats took home the 1997 national championship.
That’s when the UA made history by beating consecutive No. 1 seeds Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky to win the title.
San Diego Hoover High School coach Ollie Goulston announced Tuesday night that his star player, post player Angelo Chol, eliminated Washington and Alabama from consideration and that Arizona, North Carolina and Kansas remain in contention for the Class of 2011 coveted recruit.
Should landing Chol — beating traditional powers North Carolina and Kansas in the process for his services — be mentioned in the same breath as what happened 14 years ago?
That’s debatable, but signing Chol would be a significant development for second-year coach Sean Miller to get Arizona thinking about another feat like what happened in 1997.
Chol, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound, athletic interior player from Sudan, would significantly enhance Arizona’s defensive presence inside heading into the 2011-12 season. He set the all-time national prep record for blocked shots in a season with 337 in 35 games as a sophomore at Hoover in 2008-09.
To go with that aggressive style of defense, Chol is making strides with his footwork on the blocks offensively. He scored 29 points Tuesday to lead Hoover to the San Diego Section Eastern League title (the school’s fourth consecutive league championship) by defeating San Diego High School 69-53. He now has 1,990 points in his Hoover career.
While Arizona and its fans can think of the many ways Chol can contribute to the Wildcats, so too are the Jayhawk and Tar Heel faithful.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Kansas coach Bill Self have pressing needs similar to Miller in terms of their interior presence heading into next season.