Three freshmen leave the University of Arizona


The Arizona Wildcats women’s basketball team announced that freshmen Amani Butler, Jhakia McDonald and Malia Nahinu have left the program. Coach Niya Butts said it was a mutual decision.
“Any time you spend a year with someone, it’s going to be tough,” she said. “We got to know the players. They got to know Tucson and the university. It’s always difficult in that respect, but it’s in the best interest of both parties.”



  1. let’ see if this causes as much of an uproar as when the frosh left the dub program after first-season coach tia took over.


  2. I doubt if it will because Niya Butts is a sweetheart. Just extremely sincere and hard-working. From what I heard, Tia Jackson was a nutcase last year, and I would bet her basketball knowledge pales in comparison to Butts’.

  3. Coach Butts will regret having lost these now FOUR freshmen leaving the UA. Looks like she must have done something to be having all but one freshman leaving.