Arizona basketball: Scholarships may not all be filled, Miller ok with that

2013-05-17T22:00:00Z Arizona basketball: Scholarships may not all be filled, Miller ok with thatBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 17, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

Since Sean Miller last held a news conference back in March, the Arizona Wildcats have made 10 player personnel moves, lost an associate head coach and hired a former star as an assistant head coach.

Oh yeah: There was that Pac-12 officials controversy, too.

Miller declined to touch that last item in his end-of-spring news conference Friday, but otherwise discussed the return of Damon Stoudamire as an assistant coach, the addition of Zach Peters as a transfer from Kansas and several other topics.

He also talked a lot about roster management, saying the Wildcats won’t necessarily fill all 13 scholarship spots available next season. UA’s talent began spilling over this spring in the form of departures by Grant Jerrett (pro basketball) and Angelo Chol (San Diego State),

“Just because you have the number 13, I don’t know if that’s as important as it once was,” Miller said. “To me it’s more intelligent that anyone you add to your program has to be a contributor and there has to be a reason you do it. You don’t want to just fill in the scholarship void to add depth. That’s not going to work because that person you’re talking about will end up leaving for sure.”

Overall, Arizona lost seven players counting walk-ons since the end of last season, including the early departures of Chol and Jerrett, while adding three (five star freshman Aaron Gordon, walk-on freshman Eric Conklin and Peters). Then there was Stoudamire effectively replacing James Whitford, who became the head coach at Ball State last month.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Kansas State at
Arizona
11/25 68-72
VCU at
Oregon
11/25 77-63
Delaware at
Stanford
11/25 47-84
Cal State-Fullerton at
USC
11/25 49-53
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Auburn at
Oregon State
11/26 7:00 pm
Cal Poly at
California
11/26 8:00 pm
San Diego State at
Arizona
11/26 8:00 pm
San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 10:00 pm
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 12:00 am
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