Shane Dezonie has decommitted from Arizona, leaving Shane Nowell as the Wildcats’ lone remaining signee for the 2021 class.
Dezonie, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and Brewster Academy, announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
After talking with my family and thinking things through, I would like to say I’m decommitting from the University of Arizona, I would like to thank Coach Sean Miller and Arizona for the offer but It hurts to say I must find a new home❤️ pic.twitter.com/5NjH7IEYfI— Shane Dezonie (@iamshanedezonie) April 27, 2021
“After talking with my family and thinking things through, I would like to say I’m decommitting from the University of Arizona, I would like to thank Coach Sean Miller and Arizona for the offer but It hurts to say I must find a new home,” he wrote.
Dezonie joins KJ Simpson as the second Arizona signee to decommit since the school fired Miller and hired Tommy Lloyd as his replacement.
Lloyd and his staff now have four scholarships to fill for the upcoming season. Nowell, the program’s remaining class of 2021 signee, has not yet announced whether he will honor his commitment and play for Arizona next season. If he chooses to decommit as well, Arizona will need to fill five spots. Assistant coach Jason Terry, who was retained by Lloyd, is Nowell’s lead recruiter, so it seems plausible that he will stay on board.
Losing Dezonie is not much of a surprise considering he had little connection to Lloyd and is geographically far removed from Tucson. A four-star according to 247 Sports, he likely would have struggled to find much playing time his freshman year.
Dezonie previously held offers from Arizona State, Missouri and Ole Miss among others. 247Sports pegs him as the No. 91 player in his class.
Here’s Arizona’s updated scholarship count:
- Kerr Kriisa
- Bennedict Mathurin
- Azuolas Tubelis
- Jordan Brown
- Dalen Terry
- Christian Koloko
- Tautvilas Tubelis
- Oumar Ballo
- Shane Nowell