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Seen and heard in New York: Cerulean or Maytag?

2014-06-27T00:00:00Z 2014-06-27T07:25:32Z Seen and heard in New York: Cerulean or Maytag?Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Attending in spirit

While many college coaches were seated at the green room tables next to their departing players (and television cameras) Thursday night, UA coach Sean Miller spent the evening at home in Tucson.

Shelly Davis, Aaron Gordon’s mom, couldn’t blame him. Miller had been in Colorado for 16 days to help coach USA Basketball’s U18 team in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, through Tuesday night’s final game.

So Miller’s original plans to attend the draft were scrapped, in favor of staying home and inviting the current Wildcats over to watch with him.

“He hadn’t been home for ever and ever and ever,” Davis said. “And he needs to coach his team.”

Name that color

Before Elise Gordon told us the proper shade name for Aaron Gordon’s draft night suit was “Vibrant Indigo,” we wondered.

Could it be cobalt? Royal blue? Or what?

So, of course, we asked Twitter. The answers ranged from serious to, as befitting a draft night crowd, silly.

Among them:

• Cerulean

• Azzurri

• Gentian

• French blue

• Electric blue

• Maytag blue

• Postman blue

Love, returned

A reporter from Queens asked Gordon if it was tough to leave

Tucson because of how “beautiful” it is.

“It was,” Gordon said. “It was pretty difficult actually. The emotions were going crazy. Our team was extremely good, and close. I made some best friends.

“There’s no professional team, so every single home game sells out. They show you a ridiculous amount of love.”

Good news, bad news

There may be no coach in college basketball hurt more by Thursday’s NBA draft than UCLA’s Steve Alford.

Three Bruins landed in the first round — Zach LaVine (13), Jordan Adams (22) and Kyle Anderson (30) — and that’s three big talents off their roster before Alford has had a chance to collect multiple recruiting classes.

Twin big men David Wear and Travis Wear are also gone from last year’s team.

“We definitely lost a lot,” Alford said via telephone Thursday. “We didn’t know if we’d lose all three but we knew we’d lose two.”

Warming up

Before the draft was underway, the Barclays Center video cameramen did a nice job of getting the crowd going by showing fans decked out in team gear.

Those wearing Celtics stuff drew the loudest boos, while one fan drew boos with a Chicago Bulls T-shirt and laughter when he turned around to reveal a backside that read “Melo 7.”

The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony is a free-agent-to-be who is considering the Bulls.

Whoa, Canada

Before the Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett No. 1 last year, no Canadian had ever been picked first in the NBA draft.

Now, with Toronto-area wing Andrew Wiggins going No. 1 this year to Cleveland, Canada has two top picks.

In a row.

“Great thing for Toronto. Great thing for Canada, actually,” Wiggins said. “It’s a huge accomplishment for Canada. It just opens so much more doors for all the kids in Canada.”

Blind faith

While growing up in Australia, Dante Exum had a choice of watching all of three NBA games per week.

Utah, the team that took him fifth Thursday, didn’t usually make the cut.

“That’s not one of the teams that play” on TV, Exum said. “So I’m excited to learn what their culture is about and the rich history they’ve had.”

The big number


First-round NBA picks recruited for Arizona by Miller, a number that is expected to double in the next two years.


“That’s more than an 18-year-old actually needs to live on” – Davis, on the more than $7 million her son will make over the next two seasons as the No. 4 pick.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
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

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Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Grambling at
12/17 9:00 pm
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