Notes from Gabe and TJ
Gabe York says he has been working on his defense the most because he knows he has to play good defense to see the court.
McConnell says he has to be more vocal and the entire team does as well.
Gabe York said McConnell is the best in the packline and Johnson is the best on the ball defender.
McConnell said he has no choice but to be more vocal if Arizona is going to get far this season.
Wildcats' York aiming for bigger role
T.J. McConnell defended a lot of talented perimeter players in practice while redshirting last season and one thing about Gabe York stood out.
“I couldn’t give him any room,” McConnell said, “because if he got open for a shot it’s going in.”
Still, York played in only 15 of 35 games because, he said, something else was lacking.
“I didn’t play defense in high school,” York said today, when he and McConnell were made available to media at McKale Center. “It was hard to translate from going from a high school where I had to score the ball, and I had to stay on the court mainly for offense, to come in here were people were just as good as I was and having to play defense.
“So I think definitely this year it clicked in my mind that offense is always going to be there. I’ve got play defense to get on the court.”
So far, York is optimistic about his ability to do so.
“As a scorer-shooter you have to be able to hit shots and that’s what I was recruited here for was to take be a scorer and make shots,” York said. “Last year was sort of a confidence thing, not playing a lot and thinking I was going to get more playing time than I did, that’s all it really was.”
“This year with some of the guards leaving, I have a bigger role on this team, my confidence came back and I’ve been shooting the ball really well.”
Love that attitude Gabe! Keep up the great job and you'll be rewarded!
I bet last year was really tough on him. I'm so glad he stuck around and sounds like he's working hard on the defensive end. I hope his hard work is rewarded and he can get some good pt baby!
I'm glad he took the path less travelled, and took this opportunity to better himself and work for greatness.