Four-star forward Arthur Kaluma committed to Creighton over Arizona and other schools on Sunday, taking one of the best remaining 2021 recruits off the market.
The 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward is the No. 45 player in his class and No. 3 player in Arizona, per 247Sports composite rankings. He attends Dream City Christian in Glendale but has roots in Uganda and has played for their national team on the FIBA circuit.
Kaluma originally signed with UNLV but received his release after the Runnin’ Rebels made a coaching change. He was also considering Syracuse, Washington and Western Kentucky after backing off his commitment from UNLV.
Kaluma’s AAU coach, Sean Stevens of Vegas Elite, detailed what Arizona was pitching him.
“The pitch was stay in Arizona,” Stevens told Sports Illustrated. “To get him out, show his strength, that he can put it on the floor, lead the break or be a power guy inside. 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.”
The Wildcats will have to find other ways to fill their three remaining scholarship spots. It’s unclear who they are after, though Gonzaga transfer Aaron Cook’s name has been floated out there.