Ever since Jesus Verdejo announced that he was going redshirt, the spotlight shifted to him. There was some talk that he was looking at his options and apparently he is headed back to Miami. According to his high school coach, Verdejo will play for the Hurricanes beginning next December.
"It was a tough decision that he, his parents and I came to," Art Alvarez told CanesTime.com, the Miami Scout.com site.
It comes at a tough time for the Wildcats. Their offense is struggling and there is no guarantee that fellow sophomore Jawann McClellan will become academically eligible for the Spring Semester. There was talk that Verdejo might have been pulled from his redshirt to provide a scoring spark.
"This was in no means Arizona not wanting Verdejo," Alvarez said. "They really did not want him to leave. He was going to get plenty of playing time, but he felt that it would be in his best interest to leave."
Alvarez maintains that Verdejo was not upset about playing time or even the school, but merely wanted to be closer to home. The Puerto Rico native played two years of high school ball in Miami and before playing a year at the Winchendon Academy after graduating from Miami Christian.
"He did real well in summer and fall workouts at Arizona, but he missed Miami," Alvarez said. "He could have really gone anywhere, but I really appreciate the job coach Haith has done with the kids from my program. The choice was easy and coach is thrilled to have him." He originally committed to Temple, but after academic issues forced him to prep school he changed his mind and committed to the Wildcats.
Officially no word has come out. Neither the Arizona or Miami coaches have commented on the transfer. One source close the program did hint that an announcement would be made after the Wildcats' game against St. Mary's.
Quotes and facts from Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat's story on CanesTime were used in this story.