Lute to Retire; Will it Affect Gaddy?

Lute Olson has indicated he will step down from the head coaching position at Arizona. contacted elite guard prospect Abdul Gaddy, who picked Arizona over UCLA last month, to get his reponse to the news and whether it would affect his decision...

From's Dave Telep:

We're in unchartered waters on this one given the timing of the announcement.

Provided the multitude of reports and the impending rumor that Lute Olson is leaving Arizona is true, it is going to have major recruiting implications as we steam toward signing day.

When reached via text message Thursday morning, asked if Olson's retirement would impact his decision, Abdul Gaddy responded, "Yes it does."

Gaddy, along with Top 100 brethren Solomon Hill and forward Mike Moser may be back in play.

Here's what we've gathered from a source close to the situation. During visits and conversations in recent months, Olson guaranteed the recruiting class that he would be around to coach them.

"Lute Olson personally guaranteed Abdul that he would help him get to the league from Arizona," a source told

Arizona owns commitments from Gaddy (No. 9), Moser (No. 60) and Hill (No. 64).

Our Addition:

UCLA, of course, was the other finalist for Gaddy's services, picking Arizona over the Bruins in a very close contest last month. It naturally follows that UCLA would be considered strongly if Gaddy were to now de-commit from Arizona.

We're hearing that UCLA has, in fact, been in touch with Gaddy since yesterday.

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