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Three frosh combine for 28 and 19. Ashley scored 15, while Zeus grabs 13 boards.
Would love to see those three on the floor at the same time.
Editor-In-Chief of Wildcat Sport Report and co-host of the Arizona football and basketball pre and postgame shows on 1490 and 104.9.
Good point. it will happen.
they are truly getting close. wait until next year...they may double those numbers when they are leaned on more.
I also believe that once we implement set plays for Garrett the sky is the limit.
Miller talked tonight about the freshman and the leap each has made in the past three weeks. He said the game is finally slowing down for them and their athleticism is finally taking over (without thinking).
He credited Ashley with his best game of the season. 7-for-8 shooting, and some great all-around hustle.
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I am really happy with the 3 freshman... I wish I was talking about the 4 freshman...
They will be a load next year... I just hope we get the point guard play they deserve...
BEAR DOWN boys... The best is yet to come....
Wow. Been hearing how bright our future is for several years now yet we can't beat anyone when it matters. Lose 3 seniors next year off a team that can't beat UCLA or Oregon.... Play the same stupid offense that the coach from Bucknell ( or anywhere else) can beat....get out recruited by Colorado, embarrassed by Monty and USC almost set an NCAA shooting % record against us....
Oh that's right, it's all ok because we are still 'rebuilding' in year 5.
I'm not gonna reach for my sunglasses until it stops hailing bull shit from a fan base desperate to love a coach who maybe just isn't very good.
"Arizona has no tradition" - Bill Walsh
"We have a tradition of kicking Bill Walsh's ass" - Teddy Bruschi
I'm with you Pin, and I hope we are talking about the four of them next season.
With TJ at the helm, it's going to open up things more for Grant, Brandon, and Kaleb next season. Let's hope the Lute motto of the biggest jump a kid makes is between their freshman and sophomore years and look out.
I still believe York is going to be a key cog in the wheel next season. Assuming the KP is done, we have a backcourt that will have TJ and Nick starting. Although Jordin has made some strides in the last couple of games and played well, I believe that York should be the first guy off the bench next season at the guard spot, and I think he'll really make a difference if Miller gives him a chance.
I know the frustration is high but I still have faith in Miller. I do agree that the office is very basic and the lack of individual set plays, to exploit match- ups, baffles me. But the fact we lose these Seniors, who really have a hard time with leadership, and gain pass first, high IQ point guard is something to look forward to. Please save the glasses until we take our final bow in the tourney ( hopefully not a week from now)
This post was edited by Jtowns32 13 months ago
Damn wineknow, if ur so sick of Arizona basketball, stop watching the games. Your not a true fan anyway so save yourself the agony (and us the whiny little bitch posts) and go follow some other university.
A degree from Arizona gets u into graduate school, a degree from asu gets u into high school.
I like Wines rants! It keeps us optomists in check.
We're beginning to see early signs out of Brandon Ashley that he's on the Derrick Williams plan. His mid-range jump shot is looking really smooth these days as he's stepping into that shot with confidence right now. WSR reported last summer that Ashley would start at the 4 and eventually work his way into a small forward position as he moves toward an NBA career. He's on track, and if this summer's growth and development is high, we could easily see Ashley at the 3, Grant at the 4 and Zeus clearing space at the 5 for stretches in games.
McConnell is a "natural" point guard and should have more success making sure all 5 Wildcats are in sync next season on the offensive end of the floor, and the growth of Nick Johnson remains at a high level. I can't imagine what his defensive intensity is going to look like next season because it will likely be off the charts.
In fact, depending on summer development, I wouldn't be shocked to see the names mentioned here as Arizona's starting five with Mayes, Rondae Jefferson, Chol and York as your key subs off the bench. Haven't even yet mentioned the offensive scoring ability of Pitts yet (and the possible addition of Aaron Gordon). Yes, the Cats, who are already very good, will now be very good for a long time.
This post was edited by Gary Randazzo 13 months ago
Yes, but Miller will probably stubbornly still run a man to man defense and a motion offense that literally hundreds of other teams run.
Nice take Gary. I do like this team, and still think that we can get into and beyond the sweet 16, but I do think that we have better teams coming.
Maybe about the better teams. What I do know is if I were a tournament team tomorrow, I wouldn't want to see Colorado, UCLA, California or Arizona in my pod during the Selection Show. Those four teams, I don't care who they play, will all win their first game.
UCLA took a serious hit, though, in losing Jordan Adams for the season last night. Not having him will hurt them, but perhaps not until the Sweet 16.
For Arizona, things that happened last night against UCLA, are sometimes the things that motivate a solid team that didn't always play to its potential to go on a serious Final Four run. Like Miller said after the game regarding the NCAA's, "We have the perfect combination you look for in a tournament team; the combination of senior experience and young talent."
Cats are no longer rebuilding, they are simply building. This flawed team has won 25 games and will be a top four seed. Is that where they need to go, no, but it is a decent place. Cats have won 78 games the past three seasons despite having just one or two NBA players and no real point guards.
Will they be a Final Four team next year? Who knows. A lot depends on T.J. McConnell and play at the wing. The talent base will be the best 1 through 10 than it has been since probably 2005.
Since I actually understand college basketball team/program building and realistic expectations, I am excited. The days of teams rattling off 25 straight years of NCAA Tournament appearances is all but over. Kentucky is the defending national champion, had the No. 1 recruiting class and may not make the tourney. North Carolina is firmly on the bubble. UConn is ineligible.
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