The Arizona Wildcats have landed two players in three days with the additions of Utah transfer Pelle Larsson and French guard Adama Bal.
Could Arthur Kaluma be the next to join Tommy Lloyd in Tucson?
Arizona is one of five schools in the mix for the 4-star forward, his AAU coach Sean Stevens told Sports Illustrated. The others are Syracuse, Creighton, Washington and, to a lesser extent, Western Kentucky. Stevens told SI that Kaluma will be making a decision soon.
The 6-foot-8 forward is the No. 45 player in the 2021 class and No. 3 player in Arizona, per 247Sports composite rankings. Kaluma attends Dream City Christian in Glendale, but used to attend Universal Academy in Irving, Texas.
Part of Arizona’s pitch to Kaluma is “stay in Arizona.”
“The same type of thing to get him out, show his strength, that he can put it on the floor, lead the break or be a power guy inside,” Stevens told SI. “He’s really a matchup nightmare the way he handles the ball and his quickness. That’s their pitch that they’d use him as a point forward and he’s in the rotation of six right now. New staff, bringing Gonzaga guys over, they’ve done great with those kind of guys is their pitch.”
Kaluma originally signed with UNLV but received his release after the Runnin’ Rebels made a coaching change. The Wildcats still have three scholarships to fill and Kaluma would give them some much-needed depth and athleticism in the frontcourt.
He would also add more international flair to their roster. Kaluma originally hails from Uganda and once played for their youth national team on the FIBA circuit.
247Sports describes him as a “versatile forward whose biggest value is on the defensive end due to size, length, athleticism and instincts. Tremendous defensive upside and what he hangs his hat on at this point. Has outstanding vision for the position; best attribute on offense at this point. Rebounds on both ends of court. Improvement of handle and jumper will have big say in hitting ceiling. Projects as high major starter whose ultimate NBA stock will be determined by how much his offense catches up to his defense.”
Check out Sports Illustrated’s full Q&A with Kaluma HERE.