Caleb Love , the former UNC guard, has signed with Arizona. Wildcats head Coach Tommy LLoyd announced on Tuesday that he is excited to have Love join the team and is looking forward to seeing him contribute his skills on the court.
Caleb is a tremendously talented guard who has significant experience playing college basketball at a high level,” Lloyd said. “We look forward to helping Caleb grow his game at Arizona. And as we near the completion of the roster for the upcoming season, we feel great about how everything has come together. Now it’s time for the real work to start.”
The Wildcats’ campus was paid a visit by Love last weekend, who had earlier pledged to Michigan subsequent to leaving Chapel Hill. However, his commitment was reversed two weeks ago due to a challenge with credits being transferred that affected the admissions process.
Arizona has also recently enlisted the services of Keshad Johnson, an outstanding defensive player who previously played for San Diego State. His addition to the team will contribute towards compensating for Azuolas Tubelis’s absence by offering a more adaptable and compact lineup in the frontcourt. The Wildcats played really big last season with Tubellis and Ballo, two 7-footers. This iteration of the team will be faster, more athletic and instinctive.
What The Signing Means for Arizona Basketball
The signing of Caleb Love is a significant acquisition for Arizona basketball as it adds a talented guard with valuable college basketball experience to their roster.
Immediately after joining Arizona’s basketball team, the guard hailing from St. Louis would take charge in the backcourt under coach Tommy Lloyd. The Wildcats have been searching for an explosive guard to generate their own scoring opportunities for several weeks now and Love seems suitable for that task.
In addition, he will share duties with Pelle Larsson & Kylan Boswell who are returning players along with Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley forming a strong lineup in the backcourt.
Caleb Love’s Career So Far
During North Carolina’s run to the national championship game in 2022, a previous five-star recruit amplified their value by performing impressively. In six NCAA tournament games, they averaged 18.8 points and stood out with outstanding performances such as scoring an impressive total of 30 points while hitting six three-point shots against UCLA during the Sweet Sixteen matchup followed by another remarkable performance of scoring 28 points versus Duke in the Final Four round.
Love decided to forego the NBA draft and opted for another season with the Tar Heels, where he played alongside three other starters from their victorious 2022 campaign. However, North Carolina’s fortunes took a sharp turn as they started off strong at No. 1 position but eventually slumped to a disappointing record of 20-13 which cost them a place in the NCAA tournament.
Setting a new record for UNC, he accomplished an amazing run of 86 games in the seasons from 2021-22 to 2022-23 by scoring at least one successful three-pointer. Moreover, during the same season as part of his achievements, he achieved another milestone with an incredible uninterrupted free throw streak of forty consecutive shots which happens to be second on the list only after someone else’s achievement in UNC history.
With the roster almost complete, Arizona basketball looks poised to make a strong run in the upcoming season with the addition of Caleb Love.
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