Notebook: York gets in as first guard off UA bench

Freshman plays 8 minutes as Miller changes things up
2013-02-21T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:56:29Z Notebook: York gets in as first guard off UA benchPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For weathered Wildcat-watchers, perhaps the most significant change witnessed in Wednesday night's 70-52 victory against Washington was from a person who scored three points.

And played only eight minutes.

Freshman Gabe York, for the first time, was used as the Wildcats' first guard off the bench.

"When Coach finally gave me a chance," York said, "I've been playing well in practice as of late. Defense is really all it was."

York entered the game with 13:16 remaining in the first half, the earliest he's played in conference action. That was before Jordin Mayes, who once filled that role, and even ahead of forward Grant Jerrett.

Before Wednesday, the Orange, Calif., native had played in only 11 of the UA's 25 games; in those, he averaged six minutes and three points.

"From this point on, I think you can count on him being part of things," Arizona coach Sean Miller said of York.

York hadn't appeared in the UA's previous four games, though Miller said after a win in Utah on Sunday that he planned to change that.

"I'm very confident in myself," York said. "I'm not a cocky person, but I'm confident in my abilities.

"I feel like the way I'm going to stay on the court is by playing defense."

York made a three-pointer with 13:11 left in the game to put the Wildcats up by 22. He ran off what the UA calls an "Iverson Cut," named after the former NBA star.

"No one was in front of me," he said. "I just let it go."

Scott in town

Larry Scott made his first-ever visit to McKale Center on Wednesday night, saying it had been on his "bucket list" as Pac-12 commissioner.

"It feels big-time," he said.

Although he said "there's absolutely some tweaking" that can be done to the new Pac-12 basketball schedule format, Scott stressed that it was important to remain open in the name of exposure. That means, most likely, continued late starts and games on Wednesdays and Sundays, at least.

The league will continue to televise every men's basketball game, he said.

"It's absolutely required a lot of flexibility from the campuses," he said.

He said there were "tradeoffs," including late-night tipoffs. ESPN's stations "have a pretty full slate" that the Pac-12 needs to fit into, he said.

Scott praised the Wildcats' embracing of the Pac-12 tournament, which will be held for the first time next month in Las Vegas. He said the UA is "exceeding any other schools" in ticket sales.

Some Pac-12 tournament sessions have sold as many as 80 percent of their tickets already, he said.

Rim shots

• Hours before tipoff, Austrian golfer Bernd Wiesberger played around on the McKale Center court, even trying to guard the UA's Nick Johnson, while filming a video bit for the European Tour. Wiesberger, 27, was the first alternate for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. He practiced this week, hoping someone would drop out, but no one did.

• Scott said there is "no tangible progress" on a deal between Pac-12 Networks and DirectTV.

"For now they're not willing to engage to try to do a deal," he said.

• Mike McCarley, the Golf Channel president and a UA alum, sat with Scott and UA athletic director Greg Byrne.

• Former Arizona Wildcat star Channing Frye, the Phoenix Suns center sitting out this season with a heart condition, received a standing ovation when introduced in the second half. Former UA forward Jamelle Horne, who plays professionally in Venezuela, was cheered roundly when introduced. So was former UA baseball player Robert Ref-snyder.

• UA alum Jim Furyk, in town for Match Play, visited Wildcat practice Tuesday.

Contact reporter Patrick Finley at pfinley@azstarnet.com or 573-4145. On Twitter @PatrickFinley.

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