With the need to replace five starters and nearly 87 percent from its scoring from the 2017-18 team, and with no prep players currently committed for next season, the Arizona Wildcats will no doubt be scouring the transfer market for potential impact players in the offseason.
One of those could come in the form of a talented forward from the ACC.
According to Pittsburgh area sports media personality Andrew Fillipponi, Pitt senior forward Ryan Luther is considering transferring to the desert.
I’m hearing there’s a real possibility Ryan Luther transfers to Arizona. Now that would be interesting.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) March 29, 2018
Luther is a versatile big man, who missed much of last season after sustaining a foot injury after just 10 games. But on the court, he was the Panthers leading scorer, and was one of only four players in the ACC to average a double-double, putting up 12.7 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game.
The 6-foot-9 senior was one of a slew of Pitt players to announce their intention to transfer after head coach Kevin Stallings was fired. The Panthers were one of the worst Power 5 teams in the nation last year, failing to win a game in conference, but much of that was due to Luther’s absence.
If granted a medical hardship exemption by the NCAA, giving him a fifth year of eligibility, Luther would be able to play immediately in the 2018-19 season. It is still a possibility that he returns to the Panthers, however, to play for new head coach Jeff Capel.
The addition of Luther would bolster the depth of the Wildcats front-line, and Luther would likely be in line for immediate playing time, competing with Keanu Pinder and former Duke forward and McDonald’s All-AmericanChase Jeter, who sat out this season.