Arizona Wildcats basketball: York champing at bit to play, but he, mom in Tucson for long haul

2012-12-28T20:00:00Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: York champing at bit to play, but he, mom in Tucson for long haulBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 28, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

If freshman guard Gabe York had timed his arrival to the Arizona Wildcats a year earlier, life might be different.

Entering last season, the Wildcats had lost point guard MoMo Jones and Daniel Bejarano to transfers.

They had Kyle Fogg and Brendon Lavender at shooting guard but Lavender had yet to have an improved senior season.

At point guard, sophomore Jordin Mayes was coming off foot surgery and freshman Josiah Turner would quickly prove a bust.

There was opportunity in the backcourt. But the only newcomer around to take advantage of it was freshman Nick Johnson, who averaged 28.1 minutes and started 28 of 35 games.

This season, where York arrived as a Top 75 recruit with the ability to score in bunches, minutes were scarcer. The Wildcats lost Fogg, but received surprise spring addition Mark Lyons. They lost Turner, but that was a case of addition by subtraction.

Johnson and Mayes are back, while the Wildcats are going bigger, not needing shooting guards at small forward (as they often did with Fogg last season) and even using forward Kevin Parrom at small forward.

York has played in only 8 of 12 games, and averaged just 6.3 minutes a game.

Basically, he’s the 10th man in a nine-man rotation.

“It has been difficult,” York said during the Diamond Head Classic last weekend.

“I’ve been doing everything I possibly can just to get as many minutes as I can on the floor. Obviously, I’ve got great players in front of me.”

Read more about the freshman guard in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 12 2 0 0.857 24 3 0 0.889
Utah 11 3 0 0.786 21 5 0 0.808
Oregon 10 5 0 0.667 20 8 0 0.714
Stanford 8 6 0 0.571 17 9 0 0.654
UCLA 9 7 0 0.563 17 12 0 0.586
Oregon State 8 7 0 0.533 16 10 0 0.615
Arizona State 7 7 0 0.500 16 12 0 0.571
Washington State 6 9 0 0.400 12 15 0 0.444
Colorado 5 8 0 0.385 12 12 0 0.500
California 5 9 0 0.357 15 12 0 0.556
Washington 4 11 0 0.267 15 12 0 0.556
USC 2 13 0 0.133 10 17 0 0.370

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Washington State at
USC
2/25 70-66
Oregon at
California
2/25 80-69
Washington at
UCLA
2/25 66-88
Arizona at
Colorado
2/26 7:00 pm
Arizona State at
Utah
2/26 8:30 pm
Oregon State at
Stanford
2/26 9:00 pm
Arizona at
Utah
2/28 7:00 pm
Washington at
USC
2/28 8:00 pm
Oregon State at
California
3/1 1:00 pm
Oregon at
Stanford
3/1 5:00 pm
Arizona State at
Colorado
3/1 6:30 pm
Washington State at
UCLA
3/1 7:30 pm
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