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I have looked into the York situation several times and the bottom line is that Miller just thinks the other guards are ahead of him. The fact that UA has been in a lot of close games lately -- and are using a smaller lineup more often -- is also squeezing him out. I thought maybe he might get into the OSU game but he did not. From what I hear, his defense is improving and that is not all that's keeping him off the floor. But it's hard for me to say first-hand because practices are closed
Thanks. I think you hit it on the head. He may very well go somewhere with a wide-open opportunity. Washington has a strong chance because of Romar's relationship with Gordon's family and Kentucky always has a good chance with anyone, of course. But UA can sell the fact that it turned Derrick Williams into the No. 2 pick in just two years (and Williams wasn't rated nearly as highly out of HS as Gordon is), the only-game-in-town environment here, facilities, etc.
No that's a weak spot, to be sure. Has always been Chol's biggest issue since he started playing in seventh grade. Tarczewski has shown some improvement and has been very impressive in many other areas; he just had a hard time at OSU.
I think we're going to see more days of two of them being on and one off, like at OSU. Some games in the past two or all three of them haven't been huge factors. The problem is two-fold: They are freshmen that are still learning a lot, and they aren't always getting the ball as much as they might at some other schools because UA has so many other threats. But it's pretty obvious that all three of them have the talent they were billed as having. You just don't see it all the time with all of them.
He's had 13 boards twice so that's pretty dominant. but offensively, i'm sure he will have a big night sometime. but it's going to take him starting off hot and then getting enough passes from his teammates to rack up points. UA still doesn't get him the ball as much as it could, again because there are so many other options. If Tarczewski were playing for a lot of other teams, he'd already have 20-point games.
It appears to be 100 percent, which I wondered if he could ever get to. You just don't know with nerve damage, which appeared to have played a role in his foot injury last season, and as a result UA was quietly nervous before the season if he could make it through the season healthy.
Most importantly, his confidence and attitude seem to be 100 percent. that wasn't the case last season or even early this season.
Anytime a coach is fired in midseason, you wonder if there are other circumstances. But Pat Haden (USC's AD) says that he could now finally evaluate USC because they were healthy, and determined that it needed a change. That's an understandable opinion.
Haden was fair to KO after last season, saying he would stay because USC had so many injuries last season than he could not evaluate them. In fact, KO had issues out of his control since his first season, when the team was banned from the postseason. He also had a pretty bare recruiting cupboard in part because Derrick Williams and MoMo Jones were released before KO arrived. But now, the Trojans were at full strength and performing under expectations.
I'd think he'd either take the rest of the season off (though it's pretty cold now at his upstate NY vacation house) or do some scouting for an NBA team. He can always get a job in the NBA either as a scout or assistant because he's well regarded for his knowledge of the game.