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Arizona men’s basketball adds Lipscomb transfer, walk-on to 2016-2017 roster

Lipscomb forward Talbott Denny dribbles by a Colorado defender. Denny will play for Arizona next season as a fifth-year transfer.
Courtesy Talbott Denny

Lipscomb forward Talbott Denny dribbles by a Colorado defender. Denny will play for Arizona next season as a fifth-year transfer.

Head coach Sean Miller isn’t done on the recruiting trail just yet.

Miller and the Arizona Wildcats nabbed two more players for next year’s roster as Lipscomb graduate transfer and Tucson native Talbott Denny will play his final year for his hometown Wildcats.

Two-star shooting guard Jake DesJardins also announced he will walk-on for Arizona next season.

These two will join a talented group of incoming freshman that gives Miller one of the best recruiting classes in the country.

Five-star players Kobi Simmons, Terrance Ferguson, Rawle Alkins and Lauri Markkanen along with Talbott and DesJardins, cap a strong offseason for Miller and his staff.

Denny, a former Salpointe Catholic standout, announced over Twitter on Monday that he will be joining the Wildcats next season.

Denny played for three seasons at Lipscomb in Nashville, Tennessee, before only playing in one game last year due to a torn labrum, according to Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star.

“Happy to announce I’m coming home for my 5th year,” Denny tweeted. “Officially signing with Arizona.”

In his three years at Lipscomb, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged 4.3 points per game in 90 games played. Denny averaged career highs with 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game his junior season.

DesJardins will walk-on as a freshman for the Wildcats. After leading Coronado High School to one of the best seasons in school history, the 6-foot-8 Henderson, Nevada, native will add even more depth for the Wildcats next season.

“Extremely blessed to announce that I have committed to play basketball at the University of Arizona next year,” DesJardins tweeted.

After only having a commitment from Markkanen by the end of 2015, Miller has been on a recruiting spree since 2016 rolled around.

This crop of newcomers bodes well for Miller. Though the guard position is filled to capacity for the Wildcats, Denny will bring a senior leadership and voice that will be crucial for a team that just saw five players leave due to graduation.


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