2022 Record: 28-7 (14-6)
Head Coach: Tommy Lloyd (Career Record 61-11)
PG: Kylan Boswell (4.6 Pts, 1.6 Reb, 1.6 Ast)
SG: Pelle Larsson (9.9 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 3.1 Ast)
SF: Caleb Love (North Carolina 16.7 Pts, 3.7 Reb, 2.8 Ast)
PF: Keshad Johnson (San Diego State 7.7 Pts, 5.0 Reb, 0.7 Ast)
C: Oumar Ballo (14.2 Pts, 8.6 Reb, 1.6 Ast)
6: PG Jaden Bradley (Alabama 6.4 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 3.1 Ast)
7: SG KJ Lewis
8: PF Henri Veesaar (2.4 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 0.5 Ast)
9: C Dylan Anderson (1.4 Pts, 0.6 Reb, 0.1 Ast)
10: SF Paulius Murauskas
11: SF Filip Borovicanin (1.3 Pts, 0.9 Reb, 0.4 Ast)
12: C Motiejus Krivas
13: PG Conrad Martinez
Arizona returns guard Kylan Boswell who is expected to make a huge jump going into his sophomore season. Boswell showed flashes last year as a freshman averaging nearly 5PPG. He shot 45% from the floor overall and 39% from three this past season. He didn’t make any starts last season, but he is expected to slide right into the starting PG spot. Pelle Larsson also returns this season for Arizona. Larsson averaged 10PPG this past season and shot well from the floor overall. He shot 47% from the floor and 36% from three this past season. He’s a career 38% three point shooter and previously played for Utah as well. Larsson should be the best three point shooter on the team next season.
The Wildcats also return big man Oumar Ballo to the team this season. Ballo had a breakout season this past year starting all 35 games and averaging over 14PPG while shooting 65% from the floor. Ballo previously played for Gonzaga where Tommy Lloyd was an assistant, but he really starting showing his potential once he transferred to Arizona. Ballo is going to be an anchor on the interior for Arizona as he’s a solid rim defender as well. Arizona also returns rising sophomores Dylan Anderson, Filip Borovicanin, and Henri Veesaar. All of them played sparingly last season but will have a chance to make an impact this year as they will see more minutes. Anderson and Veesaar are 7-0 big men who add to the interior post presence.
Tommy Lloyd also got commitments from players in the transfer portal with Jaden Bradley, Caleb Love, and Keshad Johnson all signing with the program. Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley comes to the Wildcats from a winning culture. In his freshman season with the Crimson Tide, Bradley started 22 games and averaged 6PPG, 3APG. He should serve in a 6th man type of role with Boswell being the starter. Keshad Johnson comes to Arizona from national runner up San Diego State. He’s a fantastic defender than can guard multiple positions. He isn’t a score first player, but can get a bucket when he needs to. North Carolina transfer Caleb Love is the most controversial of the bunch, but he can be an elite player if the fit works out in Tucson. Love didn’t have the best ending to his time in Chapel Hill and he was originally committed to Michigan but that ultimately fell through. Love is a streaky shooter but can really fill it up when he is on point.
Arizona also signed 4 players to their freshman class with 3 of the signings being international talents. The one US talent was guard KJ Lewis out of El Paso, TX. Lewis was ranked in the Top 100 on 247sports and he should be in the rotation as a freshman. Arizona also signed Lithuanian big men Motiejus Krivas and Paulius Murauskas. Both of them could find their way into the rotation this season. Krivas is a 7-2 center with a great interior presence and Murauskas is a 6-8 forward. PG Conrad Martinez out of Spain is towards the bottom of the depth chart due to the guard depth Arizona has but he could be a vital piece in the future.
This Arizona team has a lot of potential this season. They will need to Caleb Love addition to work out if they want to repeat what they did last season. Love could be a great player but he’s a very streaky player at times as well. Arizona will also need a couple of the freshman or rising sophomores who barely played last season to step up. This Wildcat team should be the best Pac-12 team going into the season, but squads like USC and UCLA are not too far behind and Arizona will have their work cut out for them.