Actions have consequences, and in the case of Arizona’s decision to fire Sean Miller those consequences are going to have a major impact on the roster.
The first domino to fall in that regard is in the form of 4-star guard KJ Simpson, who has asked out of his national letter of intent with the Wildcats, according to the head of his AAU team, West Coast Elite, which had a strong relationship with Miller.
2021 pg KJ Simpson Chaminade one of top pgs in country expected to get his release soon from Arizona. Will open up recruitment. Please contact Coach Cantwell Chamiade with recruiting inquiries @CCPEaglesHoops pic.twitter.com/YUoX1lOmfN— Ryan Silver (@RyanSilver1) April 8, 2021
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Simpson, ranked by 247Sports as the No. 99 player in the 2021 recruiting class, was Arizona’s first commitment in that class last August. He signed in November along with fellow 4-star guards Shane Nowell and Shane Dezonie.
Simpson, from West Hills, Calif., picked Arizona over Cal, Colorado, Loyola Marymount and USC. He also had offers from ASU, Georgia Tech, Pacific, Santa Clara, UC-Santa Barbara (where former Arizona assistant Joe Pasternack just signed an extension) and Washington State.
While he’s the first, Simpson is very unlikely to be the last member of Arizona’s projected 2021-22 roster to part ways with the program. Three players from the 2020-21 team had already entered the NCAA transfer portal, including redshirt junior guard Jemarl Baker Jr., while redshirt sophomore point guard James Akinjo is testing the NBA Draft waters.
Various current and former UA players have voiced their displeasure about Miller’s dismissal on social media, with freshman point guard Kerr Kriisa stating on Instagram that “Mistakes Have Been Made!”
Expect more dominos to fall.