And we have our answer. Josiah Turner is officially transferring after having spent the last month in a purgatory of sorts, sitting on the sidelines under the guise of an indefinite suspension.
The school announced the news in this press release this afternoon.
The commitments of Cochise College transfer Matt Korcheck and, even moreso, one of former Duquesne point guard TJ McConnell put the writing on the wall for us; as Bruce Pascoe pointed out yesterday, the Wildcats for the time period of a day had 13 commitments for next season, one over the limit of 12.
It didn't take long to figure out who was the odd man out, and barring any wild guesses, Turner leaving for a destination that's yet to be determined was the logical choice. Then again, he had remained on campus during the suspension, even sitting on the bench for UA's flop in the NIT against Bucknell.
Gone is the drama, and now Sean Miller can begin moving forward after a failed experiment.
"I learned a lot in my year at Arizona and would like to thank my coaches, teammates and the fans for all of their support," Turner said in the press release
Of course, the news comes as a big disappointment for the Wildcats, who were hoping to mold the raw point guard talents into a floor general fit for Sean Miller's system.
Yet, Turner blew his chances in the end. He was suspended twice for violations of team rules.
No, this wasn't a kid hiding guns under cars at the local IHOP, but it was clear after a while that Turner wasn't cutting it for his teammates.
"Josiah made a great deal of progress as a student-athlete in his year with us," said Arizona head coach Sean Miller in a release. "He will finish this semester and leave in good academic standing. All of us at Arizona wish him well in his future."
Turner leaves Arizona with averages of 6.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting just 41.7 percent from the floor, numbers telling of the underlying potential in a player who seemed to have more off-the-court issues than success on it.
As for what he leaves behind, the Wildcats must find a makeshift point guard for next season.
McConnell will sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, leaving often-injured Jordin Mayes and incoming freshman Gabe York as potential players to take the minutes Turner leaves behind.
Then again, don't think that the Wildcats might not give Nick Johnson a chance to compete for the starting spot. He held down the fort pretty steadily when Turner was out against Florida, and again through the Pac-12 Tournament.
With the depth in the frontcourt with Angelo Chol along with freshmen Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett, Arizona can all of a sudden run out a very long, athletic defensive lineup.
Johnson could lock down as an uber-athletic point guard and Kevin Parrom -- if healthy -- could join him as an NBA-sized two man. Move Solomon Hill to small forward and have the youngsters battle it out for the 4 and 5 slots, and the Wildcats have skill, but also formidable size.
Mayes, though not a playmaker, has shown he can run Miller's offense too, but much of his future success depends on rebounding from recurring foot injuries.
All in all, there's a number of options, but the most important part of this story is the fact that Miller can finally -- hopefully on his account -- worry just about basketball. Nothing else.