Meet the 2013-14 Arizona Wildcats

2013-11-03T00:00:00Z Meet the 2013-14 Arizona WildcatsBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Brandon Ashley

Sophomore, No. 21

From: Dublin, Calif.

Height, weight: 6-8, 230

Probable role: Starting power forward

Age: 19

Major: Undecided

Follow him here: @_bash21

Fave collectible: “I’ve always loved shoes. But it’s always been hard to get them because … I have big feet, size 16. My dad really got me into them when I was younger. Chuck Taylors and Pumas were the first two shoes I got into.”

What sold him on UA: “It was when coach Miller had told me how many of my AAU games he had attended, so I thought about how many games I had and how many he made it to and it was pretty amazing. That was the breaking point.”

Eric

Conklin

Freshman, No. 54

From: Scottsdale

Height, weight: 6-6, 235

Probable role: Walk-on forward

Age: 18

Major: Pre-physiology

Follow him here: @ericconklin54

Fave collectible: “I’d say MLB showdown baseball cards. Hot Wheels, I used to be a big Hot Wheels fan back in the day.”

What sold him on UA: “When they gave me the opportunity to play basketball, it was hard to turn down. I was a huge Wildcat fan in the late Lute Olson days, watching all the teams go through the tournament and all that.”

Aaron Gordon

Freshman, No. 11

From: San Jose, Calif.

Height, weight: 6-9, 225

Probable role: Starting small forward

Age: 18

Major: Pre-business

Follow him here: @1_AG_1

Fave collectible: “I have a lot of Space Jam stuff. I have a Space Jam poster, Space Jam jersey.”

What sold him on UA: “Everybody in the recruiting process says things, but Arizona was truthful.”

Jacob Hazzard

Sophomore, No. 50

From: Los Angeles

Height, weight: 6-0, 160

Probable role: Walk-on guard

Age: 20

Major: Pre-journalism

Follow him here: @JacobHazzard

Fave collectible: “I was into Jordans. When I was a kid, basketball cards, but nothing really recently.”

What sold him on UA: “I just knew in the long run this was the best place to be. There’s a great coach, a great staff and the future is bright.”

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Freshman, No. 23

From: Chester, Pa.

Height, weight: 6-7, 215

Probable role: Key reserve forward

Age: 18

Major: Undecided

Follow him here: @RondaeHJ23

Fave collectible: “I liked to collect Kobes, I’m a Kobe guy.”

What sold him on UA: “Umm, I just felt the vibe, (UA assistant coach Book Richardson) was telling me everything I needed to hear and wanted to hear. That pretty much caught me, I’m good at catching those type of guys.”

Chris Johnson

Junior, No. 52

From: Gilbert

Height, weight: 6-6, 215

Probable role: Walk-on forward

Age: 24

Major: Social Behavior and Human Understanding

Follow him here: @MaylandJohnson

Fave collectible: “Pokémon cards, Jordans. I used to collect fishing reels in junior high. My dad loves sport fishing, always has, so in like seventh grade I started buying cheap fishing reels and fixing them up.”

What sold him on UA: “My dream school my whole life was to go to U of A. So now, to be here, it’s definitely a dream come true.”

Nick Johnson

Junior, No. 13

From: Gilbert

Height, weight: 6-3, 200

Probable role: Starting shooting guard

Age: 20

Major: Sports and Society

Follow him here:

@Air_Zona13

Fave collectible: “I’m a pretty big shoe person. I’d probably say at one point, my senior year in high school, I had maybe 200, 250 shoes.”

What sold him on UA: “I came on a few visits and I just felt at home. My hosts were MoMo (Jones) and Kevin (Parrom). They were really cool to me, talking to me or whatever. We went to some other teammates’ houses and hung out and stuff like that so I really felt it was a family.”

Matt Korcheck

Junior, No. 31

From: Tucson

Height, weight: 6-10, 230

Probable role: Reserve post player

Age: 22

Major: Social Behavior and Human Understanding

Follow him here: Not on Twitter

Fave collectible: “I do play a decent amount of video games on my off time, so I guess you could say that’s my collection. A lot.”

What sold him on UA: “In the back of my mind this is really where I wanted to end up, so I guess you could say I waited for that. Once I did get that phone call, that’s when I knew I wanted to go there.”

Trey

Mason

Freshman, No. 44

From: Los Angeles

Height, weight: 6-2, 185

Probable role: Walk-on guard

Age: 18

Major: Pre-business

Follow him here: @TreyBall3

Fave collectible: “I collected Pokémon cards when I was younger for a while. I used to be a big jersey collector, I’d wear a new jersey to school every day when I was in elementary school; not so much anymore. A Carmelo Anthony Syracuse jersey was my favorite.”

What sold him on UA: “I’ve been really close to the program. I was definitely looking at other schools, but they were always around.”

Jordin

Mayes

Senior, No. 20

From: Los Angeles

Height, weight: 6-3, 190

Probable role: Key reserve combo guard

Age: 21

Major: Sports and Society

Follow him here: Not on Twitter

Fave collectible: “As a kid, mostly everybody collected Pokémon cards, and I collected Pokémon cards. I don’t collect them now but I’ve still got my whole collection.”

What sold him on UA: “I came for the Arizona vs. Cal game (a 76-72 UA win on Jan. 31, 2010) that was for first place in the Pac-10 and I just loved the atmosphere, how the crowd was into it. (Fans) never gave up on the team when (Cal) went on some runs … they were right there cheering. That caught my attention.”

T.J.

McConnell

Junior, No. 4

From: Pittsburgh

Height, weight: 6-1, 195

Probable role: Starting point guard

Age: 21

Major: Sports and Society

Follow him here: @Ipass4Zona

Fave collectible: “I collected WWF wrestling figures. That didn’t last very long. I kind of grew out of it but I started coming back and watching a couple of live events in college and high school. Ask anyone on the team – that’s all I’m watching on Mondays and Fridays.”

What sold him on UA: “I actually played here (for Duquesne on Nov. 9, 2011). I saw the atmosphere and there was no question these are the best fans in the country, and with the recruiting class coming in I knew we could have something special here.”

Drew

Mellon

Junior, No. 55

From: Orange, Calif.

Height, weight: 6-6, 205

Probable role: Walk-on forward

Age: 20

Major: Management Information Systems

Follow him here: Not on Twitter

Fave collectible: “Baseball cards when I was a lot younger but nothing as of right now.”

What sold him on UA: “It was a great opportunity, and I took an advantage of it.”

Zach

Peters

Freshman, No. 33

From: Plano, Texas

Height, weight: 6-10, 240

Probable role: Reserve forward

Age: 20

Major: Management Information Systems

Follow him here: @zachyp32

Fave collectible: “Autographs. I have a ton of autographs. I have the top 10 running backs of all time. When I was younger, I’d ask my dad to get me them for my birthday or Christmas. With quarterbacks, I’m not there yet but I have a lot of them.”

What sold him on UA: “It was really the players who got me. I came out here and immediately connected with most of the players.”

Elliott

Pitts

Freshman, No. 24

From: Dublin, Calif.

Height, weight: 6-5, 180

Probable role: Reserve guard

Age: 18

Major: Pre-business

Follow him here: @Ejp_22

Fave collectible: “When I was a kid, me and my brother used to collect a lot of Pokémon cards and have competitions, that’s where we’d spend all our money on. We never really figured (the Pokémon game) out; we just liked collecting the cards.”

What sold him on UA: “The biggest thing that jumped out to me was Coach Miller and his staff. I watched how his practices were run and they’re really intense. It reminds me of my high school and that’s something I’m used to.”

Kaleb Tarczewski

Sophomore, No. 35

From: Claremont, N.H.

Height, weight: 7-0, 235

Probable role: Starting center

Age: 20

Major: Pre-business

Follow him here: @kalebakazeus33

Fave collectible: “I don’t collect too much stuff. I had Legos when I was a kid; I feel like everyone had those, though. Me and my dad collected Hot Wheels, had a little collection of those.”

What sold him on UA: “I just felt comfortable with Coach Miller. I thought he was a great person in basketball and off the court as well. I felt that if I was gonna commit to something that’s such an important decision I wanted to do it with someone I was comfortable with.”

Gabe

York

Sophomore, No. 1

From: Orange, Calif.

Height, weight: 6-3, 180

Probable role: Reserve guard

Age: 20

Major: Undecided

Follow him here: @York_City1

Fave collectible: “Pokémon cards. Not anymore, though; I wanted to, but I’m a college student. Magic cards, too. I actually bought some my freshman year thinking I was gonna play. It was a spur-of-the-moment-type thing, but they just stayed in my drawer.”

What sold him on UA: “The one thing they told me was, ‘We’re recruiting other basketball players. You’re the first on our list; if we don’t get you, we’re gonna move on.’ I think that was a surprise because no coach has ever told me that. They just said, ‘We want you’; they weren’t talking about the other athletes they wanted. For them to be flat out 100 percent honest with me that’s what I look at most and that’s what my parents looked for most.”

Sean Miller

Head coach

Age: 44

From: Beaver Falls, Pa.

Degree: Pittsburgh, ’92 (B.A. Communications)

Follow him here: @UAcoachmiller

Joe Pasternack

Associate head coach

Age: 36

From: New Orleans

Degree: Indiana, ’99 (B.S. Marketing)

Follow him here: Not active on Twitter

Book Richardson

Assistant coach

Age: 40

From: New York

Degree: Pittsburgh-Johnstown, ’98 (B.S. Business marketing and management).

Follow him here: Not on Twitter

Damon Stoudamire

Assistant coach

Age: 40

From: Portland, Ore.

Degree: Arizona ’08 (B.S. media arts)

Follow him here: @Iambiggie503

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 2 2 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
Drexel at
USC
11/21 70-72
UNLV at
Stanford
11/21 60-89
Toledo at
Oregon
11/21 68-78
UC Riverside at
Utah
11/21 42-88
Colorado at
Wyoming
11/22 42-88
Long Beach State at
UCLA
11/23 8:00 pm
Missouri at
Arizona
11/24 3:00 pm
@Arizona State, @Maryland 11/24 5:00 pm
@Oklahoma State, @Oregon State 11/24 6:30 pm
@Michigan, @Oregon 11/24 7:30 pm
Delaware at
Stanford
11/25 9:00 pm
Cal State-Fullerton at
USC
11/25 9:00 pm
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