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At worst, this thread is bad timing, and is just major speculation.
At best, this thread is fun speculation while anxiously anticipating tomorrow's game and beyond.
So we all know a handful (or less) of guys on the internet who truly are "insiders" with great sources, and seem to really be on point with all the happenings in around this Arizona basketball program..
None of them, at least the ones I know and read, have no clue, no names, when it comes to a possible transfer for Az next year. Unless they're just playing it close to the vest, and only have guesses at this point.
Well one name that I saw pop up, which was by way of just some fans' research on players around the country that have graduated early and can transfer... is Travis Bader. He's a 6'5 guard/wing at Oakland, and is one of the best 3-pt shooters in the country. He takes a lot of shots a game though, and so that would likely decrease if he played here at Arizona.
He'd fill a spot where we wouldn't exactly have that kind of size mixed with outside scoring ability. Some look at next year and wonder just how good a 3pt shooting team we might or might not be. Some also look at the fact that we might not have big guards or a wing with Bader's size who could defend opposing athletic guards/wings -- something we've had trouble with this season.
It'll be interesting to see what happens. Granted, Bader is just a name thrown out there. Should be fun to see how this plays out over the next couple months.
This post was edited by AzCat85 13 months ago
Interesting thought. Do you have any idea if Miller or any of the assistant coahces have contacted Bader? A good sized guard who can shoot... seems like the kind of stuff Miller really likes... he recruited Elliott Pitts who seems to have those same traits, but will probably be a little too green to make too much of a splash on the team next year... especially with Gabe York (hopefully) getting a lot more burn. Not sure we need another big guard since NJ is really physical for a guy his height and Rondae seems like an amazing defender at the 3. But still... interesting stuff to think about.
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Miller has publicly said the program woul consider taking a transfer next year. A lot depends on whether or not Kevin Parrom is granted a fifth year and what happens with the roster. Names like that are always fun to speculate on, but very little concrete info will come out until more kids officially announce they are leaving their school.
Bader is interesting because I believe he is already graduated and could be free to transfer without penalty. If Parrom does not return, he would make some sense.
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Odds on Parrom being granted that fifth year?
Do they decrease the deeper we go?
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I think the odds aren't in his favor, and I don't think it matters one way or another how far in the tourney we go.
Don't know about the numbers/schollie crunch, so I apologize if this is one too many. Hell of a roster that could be, though. It'd certainly make for some damn good halfcourt D specifically, and the ability to work it into the post/kick it back out offensively.
Somewhere just South of 50/50 most likely. By the letter of the rules he has no chance, but his case is basically unprecedented. He has played in too many games, but he got jack for minutes last year.
Tourney run should have no impact. Well, other than if we win it all he may not want to come back, especially if he has an RJ kind of tournament.
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Tourney run should have little baring on the NCAA, but could for Parrom himself. Right now the Wildcats will basically argue that they would have redshirted him last year had he not mentally really needed basketball. They will also point to the number of games missed over the past four seasons. McClellan had similar arguments, but lost any chance of an appeal due to his academic woes after his father's death.
BTW Blake's percentages are about right.I'd put it at about 40% or so.
This post was edited by Gary Randazzo 13 months ago
Pretty impressive potential roster for next year. And yes you have the numbers right. Arizona gets its 13th scholarship back for next season.
On the subject of transfers, and I know this ain't a popular thing to think of, but I feel it in my guts, that Gabe York will transfer and the Arizona program will sign-off on it.
His career track at Arizona is not unlike Daniel Bejarano's.
"Anthony Gimino, who covers the University of Arizona for the Tucson Citizen, remembers watching Bejarano as a freshman and said his development was obviously behind everyone else on the floor — it was nowhere near the level he’s reached since transferring to CSU."
"There was a desire to improve, but, according to Bejarano, Miller didn’t care about developing players, he wanted the instant gratification of winning. The Phoenix native scored only six points in 30 minutes as a freshman and played in just three Pacific 12 games with Miller often not speaking to him during stretches of the season."
According to bejarano, according to bejarano, according to bejarano........ Weird that a kid who thought he was better than he was is bad mouthing a coach that didnt play him. Miller has said nothing but good things about York. If York doesn't see the huge opportunity in front if him next year and would rather sit out an entire year, then we don't want or need him.
We totally want Gabe York. Regardless if he sees the opportunity or not. This one is on Miller. He didn't handle the situation right at all. I hope Gabe York sticks around, but who could blame him if he bolted for a team and a coach that would be willing to give him a fair shot.
Great post. I'll say this. York looks a thousand times happier on the bench rooting on the team than Bejarano did. Two entirely different situations, though. I'll say this about York. This off season, he needs to remind himself how much he hated sitting on the bench during high school games. He'd get pulled for a 30-second blow and 15 seconds into the action he was already making eye contact with his high school coach as if to ask, "why in the hell am I sitting here."
Some inside info here, but the coaching staff, at times, felt Gabe might have gotten a bit too comfortable sitting in the bench. Sounds crazy, but it's a combination of a freshman learning to cope with the situation, perhaps sometimes getting down, then getting motivated, etc (basically up and down effort throughout the season).
Personally, I don't blame York because "sitting" sucks. However, he will need to take responsibility and work his way into the lineup next season because once he finds his college swagger the skies the limit...Miller has said as much about York and the contributions he'll make at Arizona on several occasions this season.
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My point is that if he chooses to transfer I don't want him, if he stays of course I want him. One of my favorite players for sure! I don't think the comparison to bejarano is accurate. That team was not good at all and bejarano still could not get on the floor. This years team would blow that team out of the water. If York was on the team bejarano was on he wouldn't have been sitting on the bench I guarantee it.
Let me add that not every freshman, just because of what they accomplished in high school is entitled to playing time when they get to college. I don't think miller did anything wrong with the lack of playing time for York other than he gave him playing time in the first place. Would have liked to see him redshirt instead of playing very sparingly. If he decides to transfer he will go from sitting on the bench 1 year to sitting in the bench 2 years. He stays and he is only on the bench one year with a chance to play next year for a top 10 program. Not sure why he would transfer.
This post was edited by Beermancats 13 months ago
One difference is that Miller and the staff go out of their way to praise Gabe and talk about his importance moving forward. Whitford even mentioned him during the postgame radio interview after the UCLA loss. The staff never spoke of Bejarano that way and were fairly critical of him when asked.
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