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Arizona interested in Valparaiso grad transfer Derrik Smits, per report

The 7-footer is the son of former NBA All-Star Rik Smits

NCAA Basketball: Valparaiso at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Wildcats are going to be connected to just about every transfer on the market this offseason.

Here’s another name to keep tabs on: Derrik Smits.

Arizona is one of several schools that have reached out to the Valparaiso graduate transfer, according to Jim Reamer, the head coach of Grassroots Indiana Basketball.

Smits, a 7-foot-1 center, averaged a career high 12.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks this season on 59.4 percent shooting, earning a spot on the Missouri Valley’s Most Improved team. He announced his decision to transfer Monday.

The Zionsville, Indiana native is the son of former NBA All-Star Rik Smits, who spent his entire 12-year career with the Indiana Pacers.

The younger Smits recently declared for the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, leaving the door open to a return to college. If he opts to transfer he will be eligible to play immediately at his new school.

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Here are Smits’ 2017-18 highlights: