Arizona Wildcats basketball: On York's role, Peters' health, etc.

2013-10-17T17:03:00Z 2013-10-17T17:06:21Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: On York's role, Peters' health, etc.Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 17, 2013 5:03 pm  • 

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gabe York made brief appearances in the Arizona Wildcats' rotation last season, ultimately playing in just 15 games, but coach Sean Miller says it could be much different this time around.

Especially since the Wildcats are in need of outside shooting -- as partly evidenced by their 3-for-14 three-point performance in the Red Blue Game.

"I think Gabe, because of the way he plays and our need, he’ll have a role," Miller said today, after the Pac-12 media day podium interviews. "And he could have a very big role."

York was limited during the Red Blue Game, and did not attempt to defend his dunk contest title, because of hamstring and ankle injuries. But Miller said he returned fully after resting until Wednesday.


Miller said forward Zach Peters continues to progress toward getting medically cleared soon but hesitated a bit.

"Zach is anywhere from 10-14 days from being maybe able to take that next step but there's no promises," Miller said. "We’ve moved at a snail's pace for all the right reasons but as we’ve moved slowly, he’s also really progressed in long term, in terms of his health and long term projections.

"He’s still doing everything we do except the contact part of it, which is obviously significant at this point. But by keeping him with us during this period of time, the gap (to function on the court) won’t be as significant once he gets cleared."


Miller said he hadn't heard of the new NCAA rules that are tougher on defenses with hand-checking and block/charge calls until the Pac-12 coaches met Thursday.

“Emphasizing not fouling is something we do anyway,” Miller said. “But we probably need to renew our focus here over the next couple of weeks knowing there’s going to be such an emphasis here early in the season.”


The Pac-12 media day circuit can be a tiring one for players and coaches, who are escorted around to do various one-on-one interviews, film Pac-12 Networks promos, sit on an interview podium and then sit around for an hour or so to give more interviews after lunch.

But leave it to the ever-outgoing Nick Johnson, this year's UA player representative, to eat it all up. Johnson even staged dunks for the cameras on 7-foot-high rims in the Pac-12 Networks studios.

"When coach told me I was making the trip, I was excited," Johnson said. "Who doesn't like to be in front of a camera?"


Our previous blog post had a play-by-play of Pac-12 media day events. StarNet had a live blog thread going with tweets from the event. And the podium interviews with Johnson and Miller can be seen here or read here.

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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 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
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