The Arizona Wildcats continue to scour the transfer market. First, they reached out to Delaware transfer point guard Kory Holden, and now they've contacted Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski. It was first reported by ESPN's Jeff Borzello, then later confirmed by Scout's Jason Scheer.
Osetkowski, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, will have to sit out for a year, and then will have two years of eligibility at his new school. The big man averaged 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while playing a team-high 32.4 minutes per game with the Green Wave this season.
Other than Arizona, Osetkowski has been contacted by Texas, Tennessee, Cal, Alabama, Nevada, and Mississippi State among others, per Borzello.
If added by Arizona, Osetkowski would figure to be a depth piece rather than one that would start. His rebounding ability, highlighted by a 14.1 rebounding percentage, is certainly a strength of his as well as his ability to put the ball on the floor and make plays at his size, as evidenced by the 10.7 assist percentage. For reference, Kaleb Tarczewski's assist percentage was just 4.2 percent, while Ryan Anderson's was 5.4.
Osetkowski's weaknesses are clear, however. While he averaged 11.3 points per game, he was extremely inefficient in the process. He shot 43.8 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from 3, and just 67.9 percent from the free throw line. Taking all of that into account, his true-shooting percentage was just 49.8, a figure that would put him dead-last when compared to Arizona's current roster. That type of inefficiency is worrisome, especially since he's a 6-foot-9 front court player.
You can see from his shot chart that he can hit the occasional 3, but, for the most part, he doesn't stray far from the paint. Though, in a different role, that could certainly change.
Defensively, Osetkowski won't offer much in terms of rim-protection, as he blocked just 0.7 shots per 40 minutes, but Tulane's defense was better when he was on the floor. Tulane's defensive rating -- a measure of the amount of points allowed per 100 possessions -- was 101.7 for the season, but lowered to 99.9 when Osetkowski was in the game, the second-best mark among Tulane's rotation players.
That said, Osetkowski is not a superb athlete and doesn't offer a ton of length, so you have to wonder what type of defensive impact he'd make against Pac-12 athletes.
Nonetheless, with Tarczewski, Anderson, and Mark Tollefsen set to graduate, and Lauri Markkanen being the only front court player set to be added to the roster, Arizona's front court depth is a bit thin and Osetkowski would help, even though he'd have to wait until the 2017-18 season to play.
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