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Devonaire Doutrive staying at Arizona, won’t be transferring

Surprise! Alex Barcello is out and Doutrive is in.

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When Alex Barcello announced his departure from the Arizona Wildcats on Monday, it opened the door for a new player to join the program.

But it turns out a familiar face will be using that 13th scholarship.

Sophomore guard Devonaire Doutrive, who had decided to transfer, announced Monday that he is staying at Arizona.

“Sorry for the confusion everyone,” he said on Twitter.

The move makes sense for Doutrive, who was looking for a bigger role, according to head coach Sean Miller.

With Barcello and Terry Armstrong gone, it opens up some reserve minutes on the wing in the upcoming season, as well as an opportunity to step into a bigger role next season when Josh Green inevitably leaves for the NBA Draft. It also means Doutrive won’t have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules.

A former four-star recruit, Doutrive only averaged 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.0 minutes in his freshman season, lacking some polish on both ends of the floor, but played with tremendous energy that instantly made him a fan-favorite in Tucson.

When Doutrive’s transfer was announced a few weeks ago, Miller said in a statement that Doutrive was a “pleasure to coach” and in good academic standing.

“He has a bright future,” Miller said.

Now, that future includes the UA.