Arizona Basketball 2015-2016

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    I think PJC is gone as well. He's a strange scenario, he just lost all confidence at some point along the way. His stature both in height and strength don't help either. I'm guessing going MWC or WCC and playing against less physically imposing players will help him dramatically. Or just hit the weights and diet right all summer. Who knows...

    I don't know about Simon. He's going to be on the bench next year regardless of what he does so hopefully Miller talks him into staying and redshirting.

    Pitts is obviously gone and good riddance. I could see Ristic going to play pro in Europe. Very fluid offensively but I can't see how he'll ever play capable defense to make it in the US.

    So yeah, cleaning house.
     
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    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    This year's team is the talented zona team I can ever remember. And least entertaining. Amazed they won as much as they did. And though WSU was likely under seeded due to missed games earlier in year, you gotta win what's in front of you. They just weren't good enough. Would likely lost in next round.

    Hope that monster recruiting class really comes to fruition!
     
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    Probably the guy I'm most excited about since we haven't seen much of him. Rumor on the Rivals recruiting board is that JJ to MSU is a done deal. As good as he is and dissapointed as Miller would be the Cats will still be a great team.

    Allen/PJC
    Trier/Simmons/Simon
    Alkins/Smith
    Markk/Smith
    Comanche/Ristic

    Ray Smith interview. He looks pretty strong in the press conference video...

    http://m.tucson.com/sports/basketball/college/wildcats/article_2b67a59d-f73b-5ef1-9cf8-652b00f190f6.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share&id=201408&mobile_touch=true
     
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    If Allen/PJC are the two point guards might as well cap next season at the Sweet 16 at best and finishing behind Oregon (and another team or two) again. Simmons has to get that gig.
     
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    Lacked any big-time athletes. Also big-time competitors. Soft and unathletic is tough to overcome.
     
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    I don't think we need a natural PG as much just guys who can handle the ball. Oregon has a bunch of combo guards but they can all dribble comfortably.

    Kobi seems like a pure scorer type.
     
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    They have Casey Benson, who's a true PG. Not flashy but runs the offense and makes an occasional bucket.
     
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    He is a freak athlete but he's not a PG. he's much better than Simon but if they play him at PG he'll have to adjust it's not natural for him.

    Simmons was one of the top rated pg's in the class last summer just behind Dennis Smith and right up there with Lonzo Ball and Frank Jackson. By the end of the summer he'd fallen several notches because he's just not a PG. Then he had a great senior year and moved back up but as a combo guard not a PG.

    he is a spectacular athlete.
     
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    I missed the spectacular athletes this year. Guys like Gordon, Nick Johnson, and RHJ had big flaws in each of their respective games but they were all freak athletes who played every possession like it was their last. Those two traits can take a team a long way.
     
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    Agree. Plus this AZ team had no leadership and it really got exposed against WSU. Made a huge bet on the Wildcats while in Laughlin and knew right out of the gate they were in trouble. Real flat and no one was moving away from the ball. AZ was the better team, but obviously didn't show
     
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    Oh I agree athleticism can cover lots of shortcomings I'm just saying he's not TJ McConnell with elite athleticism. He is a scorer who at the HS and AAU level can get by at PG on sheer talent.

    Ridiculously athletic he and Alkins should be very good defenders for Miller next year.

    Trier is interesting Chad Ford still doesn't have him projected very high but there continue to be rumors he'll go. If he goes look for wherever Durant is to pick him, they have had a strong connection since Durant was a rookie in Seattle.
     
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    Yeah we need athleticism in the worst way. Is Ferguson one & done?
     
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    Probably not but then the big question on him is how the NCAA handles his transcripts. He's been at Prime Prep for 2 years and now a year at Advanced Prep which is the school created after PP closed. Same basic people and teachers just no Deion involved, even the same coach and many of the same players, and not NCAA approved.

    Prime Prep had a history of kids getting delayed but eventually cleared by the NCAA but I think Ferguson is a real test case because he basically has 3 years at schools the NCAA doesn't sanction academically.

    The only kid who didn't clear, Mudiay, took money too, but I've seen the exact same debate on the Kansas scout board(they think they are getting ferguson) is this guy going to be held out for weeks like Diallo was.
     

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