Wildcats hoping Dunn would replace Ebi

The numbers are getting thin on the Arizona basketball team.

Redshirt freshman Chris Dunn has been ruled academically ineligible and will leave the school to play for a junior college in the state.

That leaves the Wildcats, considered a top 10 school in the upcoming season, with just eight scholarship players.

Arizona was expecting the 6-foot-9 Dunn to fill in for the departed Ndudi Ebi, who signed with Arizona last year but declared for the 2004 NBA draft. Ebi was selected 26th overall in the first round by Minnesota.

Dunn sat out last season as a redshirt. He averaged 17.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game at Hobbs H.S. (Ariz.) as a senior in 2001-02.

Arizona also lost big man Dennis Latimore during the season when he transferred to Notre Dame. The Wildcats also failed to get a visit with ex-Baylor star Lawrence Roberts, who opted for Mississippi State just two days before his scheduled visit to Arizona.