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Pitt grad transfer Ryan Luther commits to Arizona

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The 6-foot-9 forward is a nice addition to the Wildcats’ frontcourt

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Pittsburgh Panthers graduate transfer Ryan Luther has committed to the Arizona Wildcats, according to Evan Daniels of 247Sports.

The 6-foot-9 forward visited the UA campus this past weekend. Luther has one year of eligibility left and can play immediately (assuming he gets a hardship waiver).

“I think I have a good relationship with Coach [Sean] Miller,” Luther told Daniels. “He came out and saw me, and on the visit, I got to know him better and the staff. Hanging with the players, I thought they were great guys. I got a good feel for the guys, and I enjoyed being with them. I got along with them. They said [Miller] really wants me.”

The Gibsonia, Pennsylvania native averaged a team-high 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game at Pitt this season, but he was limited to 10 games after suffering a season-ending foot injury.

Luther shot 46 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3, and 66 percent from the free-throw line. He has mostly played the 4 and the 5 during his time at Pitt, per KenPom.

Luther rated extremely well on defense in the 10 games he played, though the numbers are probably skewed because he only played early in the season and Pitt’s non-conference schedule was much easier than its ACC schedule.

Regardless, Luther had the second-best defensive box plus/minus on the team (4.2) and the Panthers allowed a team-best 102.3 points per 100 possessions when he was on the court. Luther averaged 0.6 blocks and 1.7 steals per game.

It is worth noting that Luther missed 12 games because of a foot injury as a junior, too, so his durability is a bit questionable.

He has not appeared in a conference game since 2015-16, when he averaged 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds across 17 games.

Still, Luther fits well with the Wildcats. He gives Arizona a proven big man alongside Chase Jeter and Ira Lee, and is the only one of that trio that can shoot, which makes him an ideal complement and gives the Wildcats more flexibility on offense.

With Luther in the fold, Arizona now has nine scholarship players ready to go for the 2018-19 season.

He is UA’s third offseason addition, joining 2018 recruits Devonaire Doutrive and Omar Thielemans.

There surely are more additions to be made, but it’s looking more and more like the Wildcats will salvage the offseason and put together a competitive team next season.


Follow Ryan Kelapire on Twitter at @RKelapire