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Something to keep an eye on the next 4-6 weeks. Next season, Miller goes into the final year of his deal. It’s hurting Arizona’s recruiting efforts as 2022 kids are not looking our way because of the uncertainty about who’s coaching. Heeke has given no indication of what he’s going to do. He can choose to let Miller finish out his contract, extend him, or fire him. I personally hope Heeke re-signs Miller to a short extension to keep the nucleus of this team in tact (this is a Top-15-20 team next season), while still giving Arizona some security if Miller bombs or there’s more to the NOA than what’s publicly available.

Whether you like Miller or not, this is a situation that’s hurting the team on the recruiting trail, and Heeke’s reputation for handling these contracts isn’t exactly stellar.
 
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I'm not sure who UArizona would even be able to replace him with. Who would have interest?
If Arizona waits 1-2 years after the NCAA BS settles and the money comes back, we can afford to get a top guy from a middle-of-the-pack program. Today, after paying Sumlin’s buyout and no fan revenue, the well is dry. This is why extending Sean is almost a no-brainer. It’s a matter of how many years do you want to put in that extension
 

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Something to keep an eye on the next 4-6 weeks. Next season, Miller goes into the final year of his deal. It’s hurting Arizona’s recruiting efforts as 2022 kids are not looking our way because of the uncertainty about who’s coaching. Heeke has given no indication of what he’s going to do. He can choose to let Miller finish out his contract, extend him, or fire him. I personally hope Heeke re-signs Miller to a short extension to keep the nucleus of this team in tact (this is a Top-15-20 team next season), while still giving Arizona some security if Miller bombs or there’s more to the NOA than what’s publicly available.

Whether you like Miller or not, this is a situation that’s hurting the team on the recruiting trail, and Heeke’s reputation for handling these contracts isn’t exactly stellar.


We have an arizona fan on BRO who said they're being told if Miller isn't extended Tubelis and Mathurin are both gone. Mathurin is probably gone anyways if he finishes up the year well he's apparently on the NBA radar as a possible late first rounder. Nobody expected him to shoot this well from 3, they knew he was athletic but nobody realized he was this good. Tubelis I see him as a big of a tweener for the NBA but if he didn't make the NBA he'll be a great pro overseas for years. But if you extend Miller and that keeps the nucleus I agree top 20 team.

The recruiting angle is interesting, with the Mobley brothers both likely gone after this year, USC will fall back to the pack a bit they still will get Compton Magic kids from the Mobley dad but he's not as connected anymore he's been gone long enough much of the young kids coming up in that program have never played for him so USC won't have a pipeline there. UCLA going Nike has opened up their recruiting.Oregon of course locked into Nike. And not Pac 12 but Gonzaga is now at a point where if they want a WC kid they have a shot to get him. So you can definitely make the case if UA doesn't extend Miller they're going to have a very hard time recruiting
 

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Arizona basketball needs a fresh start even if the next hire is a Robbins’ special out of left field.
 
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There’s no money in the athletic department thanks to Heeke and Sumlin, the donors love Sean Miller, and this team would break apart entirely if Miller is fired after this season. You fire Miller now, your targets are third-tier guys, and you can do a hell of a lot worse than Miller with only nickels in the bank
 

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There’s no money in the athletic department thanks to Heeke and Sumlin, the donors love Sean Miller, and this team would break apart entirely if Miller is fired after this season. You fire Miller now, your targets are third-tier guys, and you can do a hell of a lot worse than Miller with only nickels in the bank

Breaking up a team with a second round ceiling doesn’t bother me and we’ve already seen Robbins go against the boosters. There’s really no way to predict what he does with all the madness in the AD.
 
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We have an arizona fan on BRO who said they're being told if Miller isn't extended Tubelis and Mathurin are both gone. Mathurin is probably gone anyways if he finishes up the year well he's apparently on the NBA radar as a possible late first rounder. Nobody expected him to shoot this well from 3, they knew he was athletic but nobody realized he was this good. Tubelis I see him as a big of a tweener for the NBA but if he didn't make the NBA he'll be a great pro overseas for years. But if you extend Miller and that keeps the nucleus I agree top 20 team.

The recruiting angle is interesting, with the Mobley brothers both likely gone after this year, USC will fall back to the pack a bit they still will get Compton Magic kids from the Mobley dad but he's not as connected anymore he's been gone long enough much of the young kids coming up in that program have never played for him so USC won't have a pipeline there. UCLA going Nike has opened up their recruiting.Oregon of course locked into Nike. And not Pac 12 but Gonzaga is now at a point where if they want a WC kid they have a shot to get him. So you can definitely make the case if UA doesn't extend Miller they're going to have a very hard time recruiting

Baker, Tubelis, Benn, and Kriisa are 100% gone if Miller leaves. Terry and Akinjo are likely gone, as well. That’s not counting 2021 recruits. Your entire nucleus is toast and you hitch your wagons for years to a small-timer at a big name program. If this were 2016, you fire Miller without question. The situation is a lot less clearer today with everything going on.
 
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Breaking up a team with a second round ceiling doesn’t bother me and we’ve already seen Robbins go against the boosters. There’s really no way to predict what he does with all the madness in the AD.
You can go against the boosters in football, but not basketball. The big time boosters would sell the football team to Mexico if it meant preserving basketball. This is not my opinion, just how they’ve historically operated. This situation is far more delicate and far more complicated than Sumlin
 
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Another problem:

Robbins is a football guy. Heeke is a baseball guy. This is a major problem. None of these morons grasp what basketball means to the community, the school and the alumni.

If and when a move is made, I hope they’d defer to Erika Barnes, who actually has a good relationship with the boosters.
 

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Baker, Tubelis, Benn, and Kriisa are 100% gone if Miller leaves. Terry and Akinjo are likely gone, as well. That’s not counting 2021 recruits. Your entire nucleus is toast and you hitch your wagons for years to a small-timer at a big name program. If this were 2016, you fire Miller without question. The situation is a lot less clearer today with everything going on.

Tough situation. As a non UA fan I really feel like one of the keys to the win last night was Miller, UCLA was targeting Kriisa and scoring at will on him, Miller pulled him. Bad shot by Kyman leads to 3rd foul on Tyger, he sits, and UA immediately makes a run to cut the game to 4. And Miller put Kriiza back in, I know without Baker he's short guards but he could have played Terry or someone else, UCLA immediately finds Kriiza and scores on him 3 straight trips to break the run.

then the could have gone either way 4th foul on Tubelis ends the game as UCLA goes ISO Jaime against him the rest of the game and Jaime goes nuts because Tubelis has 4 fouls. Miller finally went zone to try and protect him and then Juzang hit the dagger 3. Again he didn't have great options but the one he chose, Kriiza, effectively ended the game.

I think Kriiza has a chance to be a really nice player but he's just not ready to play defense at this level. Not sure what happened to mathurin he has not played well in either UCLA game but he's a really nice prospect. Tubelis can go pro now for all I care UCLA can't guard that kid!
 
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This tweet summarizes my feelings about the coaching situation, with the addition that if Miller doesn’t succeed next season, it’s over.
 

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Whatever he did yesterday, UCLA fans thank him.

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Despite their recruiting I have zero fear of SC as long as Enfield is there. SC BB is like UCLA FB where the right coach would kill it but they’re always underwhelming.
 

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