The University of Arizona’s basketball season couldn’t have ended in much more disappointing fashion.
After winning the Pac-12 Tournament, many expected them to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
Some experts even picked them to win the tournament.
Those expectations were short-lived as the Wildcats were eliminated in the first round of the tournament by 15-seed Princeton.
Now they’ll spend the offseason trying to retool to avoid a similar fate next year.
It is already believed that they could lose star big men Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo to the NBA Draft, leaving them with a couple of big holes to fill on their roster.
Now it looks like they’ll be losing another key player this offseason.
According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, point guard Kerr Kriisa is entering the transfer portal.
NEWS: Arizona's Kerr Kriisa is entering the NCAA transfer portal, he told ESPN. Kriisa, who led the Pac-12 in assists while shooting 37% for 3, will be one of the most coveted players in the transfer market this spring. pic.twitter.com/92l4guDkxZ
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) March 22, 2023
Kriisa has spent the last 3 seasons at the University of Arizona and has been a big part of the program as they have won back to back Pac-12 Tournament titles.
Kriisa was one of the conference’s best point guards this season, averaging 5.1 assists per game and shooting 36.6% from 3.
However, he struggled to score inside the arc, leading to a disappointing 37.2% from the field. He also had a difficult end to the season.
Kriisa made just 4 field goals across the last 4 games of the season, including a 1-7 performance 4 turnovers in the loss to Princeton.
Despite those struggles, his ability to distribute and knock down shots from the outside should get him plenty of attention in the transfer portal.
Expect to see Kriisa heading to another major program this offseason.