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A PAC-10 Look Ahead: Arizona Wildcats

Posted on: July 4, 2009 9:30 am
 
Okay, so the season doesn't actually start for a little over four months from now and there is still the possibility that significant changes could still occur... but I doubt it. Last time I simply broke down the changes and roster movements for each of the teams. Now it's time for a bit more of a break down.

Arizona -

HC - Sean Miller
PG - Nic Wise. Bench: Lamont Jones - Wise is the key to this team, but it's nice to have a back-up and a guy to rest him this year.
SG - Kyle Fogg. Bench: Brendon Lavendar, Garland Judkins  - Even if Fogg doesn't become a continual offensive threat, his defensive prowess will keep him in the starting lineup.
SF - Solomon Hill. Bench: Kevn Parrom - Hill is the more athletic, more well rounded of the two recruits and should provide us with a more aggressive counter wingman than what we had with Budinger. Not better, mind you, just more aggressive.
PF - Jamelle Horne. Bench: Derrick Williams, Darnell Shumpert - Horne is once again forced into the low block because of Arizona's lack of depth in the frontcourt. But he'll see his fair share of time out on the wings as well. But please, no bone-headed mistakes this year, huh?
C - Kyryl Natyazhko. Bench: Alex Jacobson - Natyazhko is no Jordan Hill, but I don't think Jacobson will ever be anything but a role player - although he did show growth last year.

The Arizona fans who almost religiously follow the recruiting and changes of the program won't be surprised by anything said here at this point. But even until shortly after Sean Miller arrived in Tucson, if someone had pulled a Nostradamus and claimed Arizona would be this deep with talented wings and forwards, they'd be looked at as if they had three heads.

With such versatile guards and forwards, Arizona will be able to give teams two different small lineups - including time where there are two scoring PG's on the court - as well as some larger lineups with Horne, Hill, and Parrom all on the court simultaneously. I wouldn't expect to see either of those lineups too frequently, but the point is that Jones, Fogg, Lavendar, Hill, Parrom, and Horne can each play two or three different positions depending on current team needs. We haven't seen that in Arizona for some time.
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