Even after the addition of Pitt graduate transfer Ryan Luther, the Arizona Wildcats still need more frontcourt depth.
There’s now one fewer option available.
Three-star center Lukas Kisunas has committed to the Stanford Cardinal, he announced Tuesday on Twitter.
Thank you to all the coaches who took time to recruit me (again). I'm excited to announce my commitment to study & play basketball at the best school in the world to do both, Stanford University! pic.twitter.com/XMJIUnhG93— Lukas Kišūnas (@LKisunas) May 2, 2018
Kisunas took an official visit to Arizona on the weekend of April 19, and was thought to be choosing between UA and Stanford.
A 6-foot-9, 250-pound center from Brewster Academy, Kisunas is the No. 199 player in the 2018 class and No. 25 center, per 247Sports composite rankings.
The Lithuanian originally signed to play for UConn, but was released from his National Letter of Intent after Kevin Ollie was fired.
With Kisunas out of the picture, the Wildcats’ focus will likely turn to McDonald’s All-American and five-star forward Jordan Brown, whose Top 3 consists of Arizona, Nevada, and Cal.
The Roseville, California native is the No. 17 player in the 2018 class and No. 5 power forward.
The 6-foot-10 Brown would be an ideal addition to UA’s frontcourt which includes Luther, Chase Jeter, and Ira Lee. In fact, Brown is arguably the most talented player in that group and could make a significant impact immediately.
But the pressure to land him is now greater than ever since Kisunas is off the board and UA’s frontcourt options continue to dwindle.
Of course, Arizona is also waiting for five-star point guard Brandon Williams to pick a school, which will happen Saturday, May 5. Arizona, Oregon, and Gonzaga are the finalists there.
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