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Yes, I think Nick will be a classic case of a guy who makes a big jump between his freshman and sophomore seasons because he knows now what he needs to do. He worked hard on his shooting and defense so I think he'll have a more well-rounded game than just highlight dunks. He wants to be a better defender, too, though that may take a while
They need Chol for a solid 10-12 minutes at least because of fatigue and foul trouble that could arise. also, he gives UA a different look with his shot blocking ability. I don't think Chol will start more than a few games, if any, but he'll need to be a key reserve for sure.
I guess after the Red-Blue I'd pop in Jerrett for Ashley at the four: So 1 Lyons, 2 Johnson, 3 Hill, 4 Jerrett, 5 Tarczewski. But I am allowed only on very rare occasions to watch practice so I don't have any first hand knowledge on how the competition is going other than what Miller says (and he said Jerrett was the top statistical producer during the first full week). I think the Humboldt starters will reflect who has been the most productive in practice so far. They could change by Nov. 11.
I don't know that one. Everything is up to the Pac-12 since they own all the media rights now. If it were controlled by UA i'm pretty sure they would.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go to the Bahamas and have not heard that but it wouldn
surprise me. They could be 7-0 entering the Florida game.
I think he's optimistic about the makeup and talent of this team. Most coaches such as Miller won't directly answer that question.
My head was in my computer for almost all of halftime (tweets, blogging,etc.) so unfortunately I did not see that.
Have not heard anything. Gordon has kept his thoughts fairly close to the vest and he's planning on waiting til spring to sign.
I do know Elliott Pitts tweeted that he and Stanley Johnson had one of their greatest nights ever on Saturday.
I don't know if the Red-Blue changed anything because at this point Miller has got guys into certain positions but, long term, I could see Ashley at 3/4 instead of 4, Hill at 3/4 instead of 3 (just because he's so effective at the 4), Parrom at 2/3 instead of 3. Mayes and Lyons are both combo guards, of course, too.
This is a question i could take the whole chat time to answer! Obviously Hill is going to be there 32-33 minutes a game, and Lyons probably 30, but it goes down from there. I think the other starters will average 25 minutes or so, as will Parrom, and Jerrett/Ashley (whoever does not start between them). Tarczewski's minutes may be limited by fatigue or fouls. Johnson could average about the same (28). Chol and Mayes will have to fight for the same amount of minutes and Gabe York's minutes will be tied to his defense (he's obviously an athlete).
If I had to guess, I'd say their chances at Gordon are 25 percent. The family has a longtime relationship with Lorenzo Romar. And Gordon wants to go somewhere where he can play a ton immediately and then go to the NBA (maybe in one year).
Anytime Kentucky and Kansas are also involved that makes it tough. His HS coach told me he had a great time at Kansas but it's rare when a recruit or his coach/parent/handler says a visit was anything other than "great." So hard to read into much of that.
Yes, and Jerrett, Tarczewski too. (a guess only!)
Nick Johnson at first but Parrom, if he stays healthy, could be a starter by midseason -- or at least start some of the time. One thing Miller has said is that his starting lineup will be more fluid this year. He may not lock into five guys.
That's a pretty good guess. The three freshman bigs all seem like very likely NBA guys at some point (it's just not clear how much time they'll need in college). There are a lot of other guys who could make it if they get some work done (Lyons, Johnson, Parrom, etc). Solomon Hill has a very critical year ahead of him in that respect, too. If he can show good perimeter skills as a 3, he'll get a long look.
The word early was Tarczewski and Ashley but Jerrett is obviously playing well. So it's a question of whether they would play both "4s" instead of Ashley or Jerrett and Tarczewski. I'm sure we'll see both starting lineups at one point or another.
Crazy, isn't it? There's still no indication of any sort though I'd have to think the NCAA will make up its mind by next week. I'm guessing Anderson will be kept out 3 games and Muhammad 7 but that's just a wild guess.
He is improving. The problem is that his competition among true posts is 10X greater than it was last year. I don't know if he'll be all conference. He's still somewhat raw but a very hard worker, so the only thing I know for sure is that he will maximize whatever he's goe.
Good question. Don't know if Jerrett is currently the favorite to start but he sure played like a starter Sunday.
I know Ashley wants to play the three long term and that is a possibility next season. Though that could also be impacted by recruiting -- if they get Gordon, he's probably best as a 4 and maybe it would make sense to move Ashley to three (assuming he's back).
Also there's a remote possibility Parrom gets the fifth year (they can't apply for the waiver until late this season) and he's back as the starting three.
By historical UA standards, it's not very good. And it's turning out to be even worse because many of the teams are rebuilding for one reason or another and then Texas Tech has been all but nuked.
I don't get that impression.