The Arizona Wildcats have had a roller-coaster of an offseason, and it’s only the end of April. The likes of Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson all declared for the NBA Draft. Add in the loss of TJ McConnell who graduated, and Sean Miller is without a big part of his team who went 34 – 4 in 2014-15.
Fortunately for the Wildcats, Friday was a better day for the program. It was announced that big man Kaleb Tarczewski was returning for his senior season, which is a big boost for the program. They also landed one of the more coveted transfers from this off-season.
San Francisco Dons graduate transfer Mark Tollefsen chose to play at Arizona, and he is eligible to play immediately in 2015-16.
Tollefsen is a 6’9”, 200 pound center out of Danville, California. He was being recruited by several other high-major programs, but visited Arizona earlier in the week and made his decision.
In 2014-15, Tollefsen averaged 14.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest for the Dons. He shot 53.5% from the field, and 37.8% from three-point range.
With the loss of Hollis-Jefferson, Ashley, and Johnson, Tollefsen has the opportunity to come in and play meaningful minutes and contribute right away. The addition of Tollefsen to the roster gives Coach Miller an alternative inside, as he can step out and shoot from long distance with respectable consistency. Add in the return of Tarczewski, and Miller will be able to create some unique lineups with the two big men on the roster.