He is loving him some Arizona hoops...
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I understand Sean Miller took Arizona to within a bucket of the Final Four two seasons ago, but Arizona didn't truly return until this season.
This is a team built for success. That team was fortunate. Derrick Williams carried them, but the talent level wasn't even close to what it is now. Remember, that group had MoMo Jones as its second leading scorer. He'd be fortunate to crack the rotation this year in Tucson. All you need to do is watch this team to realize it can stack up against just about anyone.
My colleague, Gary Parrish, poked fun at me for having Arizona too high in our Preseason Top 25 (and one), but I honestly think we may have had the Wildcats too low.
Xavier transfer Mark Lyons, for the most part, has played under control. Is he ever going to be a pass-first point guard? No, but he can initiate the offense, score the ball and also brings much needed toughness to Tucson. The young, heralded frontline of Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and Kaleb Tarczewski has been solid thus far, but Miller has the luxury of bringing them along at his pace. That's because he finally boasts quality depth.
The freshmen frontcourt trio combined for 24 points and 18 rebounds in 67 minutes in the 72-51 win over UTEP. Lyons led the team with 17 points and veteran wing Solomon Hill was the only other player in double figures with 10. This team has plenty of wings with Hill, Kevin Parrom and Nick Johnson, the aforementioned big men (we didn't even list reserve big man Angelo Chol) and a solid backup point guard in Jordin Mayes.
Here's all you need to know about the talent level in Tucson: Freshman Gabe York, a top-50 kid coming out of high school, is 10th in the rotation.