The Arizona Wildcats are going to be short one frontcourt player for Tuesday night’s exhibition against Western New Mexico, but it could have been two.
Redshirt sophomore forward Chase Jeter will not play against the Division II school because of an undisclosed injury, the team announced on Twitter about two hours before tip-off.
Not long after that, Arizona’s athletic department released a statement saying that sophomore Ira Lee has been suspended for the Wildcats’ regular-season opener Nov. 7 against Houston “due to a violation of the university’s student code of conduct and Arizona Athletics’ community standards.” That stems from Lee’s citation for extreme DUI in the summer.
No information was provided on the nature or severity of the injury to the 6-foot-11 Jeter, who sat out the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer rules after playing two seasons at Duke.
With Jeter unavailable that leaves Arizona even thinner than it already was in the frontcourt. The other scholarship forwards on the roster are senior Ryan Luther, a 6-foot-9 graduate transfer from Pittsburgh, as well as the 6-foot-7 Lee and 6-foot-6 junior Jake Desjardins, a former walk-on.
Sophomores Emmanuel Akot and Brandon Randolph, who are 6-foot-7 and 6-6, respectively, could potentially play forward if needed.