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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.
Not my place to throw around that kind of opinion as a beat writer. But it does seem like York's playing time, Miller's timeouts (or lack thereof) and the relatively weak early schedule have all drawn some scrutiny. But bottom line is this team is surpassing expectations so far.
The new Oregon arena is terrific but it just isn't as loud as Mac Court was. They tried but i don't think they can duplicate MacCourt with today's building codes. It was loud, and the nice touch is that they still let students stand courtside opposite the benches even with the money pressure to sell those as seats. Oregon State was definitely quieter, but they aren't having that great of a season so far. Gill can get quite loud when the Beavers are good.
FWIW, I can say my ears actually hurt during the Florida and Colorado games. Not true of any other UA game this season so far.
Wow. they've all been very impressive at times and all have terrific attitudes and work ethics. but I'd have to say Tarczewski probably the most because he's been fairly consistent, and it's so hard for a 7-footer to adjust to the speed of the college game. Often it seems like highly rated big men are disappointing for a while (and sometimes permanently) until they get it. That often doesn't happen until the second or third year. But Ashley's upside also really jumps out at you -- he could be a very good pro.
I wouldn't go that far. Collier had some success but he was also stuffed at times. But UA has had that issue, yes.
All of ASU's starters are playing well. It will be interesting to watch Bachynski vs Tarczewski and, of course, Carson because I don't know if Nick Johnson will be guarding him or how that will shake out. Should be a great game to watch.
Depending on where the game would be played, they'd probably lose but not by too much. They have shown the ability to rise up or down to their opponent. I thought they'd lose to Florida and SDSU, maybe even Miami, before the season.
Miller did help Derrick Williams go from Top 150 to No. 2 in the NBA draft. At Xavier, he also turned Derrick Brown from a lightly recruited and skinny HS player into a fringe NBA guy. Right now he almost has too much talent up front in the sense that none of them need to be dominant so none of them are. I thought Jerrett's comment may have also been telling -- the young guys may be deferring a bit. They are nice guys and seem to be buying into the team-first thing Miller is preaching so their games may appear on the outside not as impressive as they can be. Jerrett finally broke out of a slump on Saturday when he basically got mad at himself. He has the ability to do it.
I see your argument but that's just not happening. Miller is convinced that playing the press more would not be effective in the long run. He's a sound man-to-man guy. The defense has been somewhat inconsistent this season but he isn't going to change it anytime soon.
Based on what I've heard McConnell would either be starting or playing significant minutes at the 1 because he is the true point guard Miller likes to have. Lyons would play a combo role and this would effectively push Jordin Mayes out of the rotation.
It was first to commit and that was Turner, though I think that UA preferred Turner anyway at that point. He had a great playing relationship with Nick Johnson in AAU ball and I think Johnson played a role in Turner's decision. (Miller has said since then that he was rushed in some of his early recruiting decisions and this was obviously one of them...)
Maybe because losing at NC State is not seen nationally as as bad as losing at Oregon. Also there are a bunch of one-loss teams now so you compare all of their "bodies of work". UA is No. 10 in Sagarin and No. 2 in RPI, two things that matter for the postseason.
Not sure i totally understand the question but I don't think Parrom had established a rep before the "no easy buckets" move. Yes that was his freshman season, at ASU
Agreed on all points. Sendek is typically very good with extra time. Should be a great game to watch. (of course this time UA gets in the NCAA tournament even with a loss...)
It will probably always be second to football because of the tradition, but that doesn't mean basketball hasn't been and can't be very good at USC. There is a ton of talent in Los Angeles and you don't have to get on a plane to recruit anybody. You can also get other top players who are intrigued by being in L.A.
Yes. Whitford almost left for Miami (OH) and he could leave if he sees the right fit somewhere. Pasternack has already been a HC and is well-regarded. Book Richardson is a well-regarded recruiter and communicator who might get a look too. But keep in mind that all of these guys seem to like where they are and are well-compensated so they won't leave for just any job.
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