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2011-01-20T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:15:45Z Sidelines Arizona Daily Star
January 20, 2011 12:00 am

Let's just say he's bigger

Maybe Derrick Williams has just been creating an optical illusion all along. Arizona's leading scorer is listed at 6 feet 8 inches and 241 pounds, but Oregon State coach Craig Robinson doesn't agree with that.

"The first thing I noticed, and I said something to Derrick, is he is much taller than last year. He is much closer to 6-9 than 6-7," Robinson said this week. "I don't know what the exact height is, but he looks 6-9 to me."

Williams says he is actually "about 6-9," but Sean Miller says his growth has come elsewhere.

"Derrick hasn't grown in height, but physically he's continuing to develop," Miller said. "He's 240, physically fit, and his body fat is below 10 percent. When you look at somebody, 6-8, 240 (and consider) the way he moves … And he's added that strength that sophomores add. That probably makes him appear to play bigger than he did a year ago, because he's certainly done that."

Turner's tale takes another turn

UA signee Josiah Turner's off-again, on-again basketball career is back on. Across the country.

Turner is now expected to transfer to North Carolina's Quality Education Academy and finish the season there, after he was removed from his Sacramento High School team earlier this week.

Turner left the team a week ago after an unexplained absence, came back to the team, then was dismissed by coach Derek Swafford.

UA coach Sean Miller has declined comment, other than to say he expected Turner's situation would work out. A top-10 player from the class of 2011, Turner is still expected to be eligible to play for the Wildcats next season.

Cats victims of traveling

Last season, the Wildcats arose on a Friday morning after about five hours' sleep following an 81-75 loss at Washington, took a 45-minute flight to Spokane and drove another 90 minutes to Pullman. Then they had a late afternoon practice at Washington State.

The next day, they lost by 18 points to the Cougars.

This year, the Wildcats will sleep in. Their flight to Spokane isn't until late morning, and they will practice and stay there, then commute to Pullman on Saturday for their WSU game.

"Just trying to manage the travel grind as best we can," Miller said. "That was one of the things in your first year in the Pac-10, you maybe underestimated until you go through it one time. If you play Washington first, the trip is sometimes harder, because you have to go to a game, to a flight, to a huge drive."

To UA forward Solomon Hill, it doesn't really matter.

"I've had the long trip, and I've had trips when we just got there, so it really doesn't matter," he said.

Huskies: Stanford is tough

It was Stanford, more than a sexual assault investigation into an unnamed Husky, that unnerved Washington the most last week in a 58-56 upset loss on the road, according to Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar.

But it may appear otherwise, especially after the Huskies quickly rebounded to crush Cal 92-71 three days later.

"That's been the natural question," Romar said. "If I thought it was, I'd say it was. We were up 11 with 10 to go, and we were just in a serious fog. We needed something to get going. I don't think that affected us. They guarded us and didn't give us anything easy, and they controlled the tempo."

Bruce Pascoe

TODAY: ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON, 8:30 p.m., FSAZ, 1290-AM, 107.5-FM

He said it …

"They pride themselves on ball pressure. They get in the passing lanes and use those big guys to cover up and block shots, be physical. … A turnover against Washington is a disaster. They convert so quickly. They have a system they believe in. When you watch them play at home, they're very physical and, to me, their defense is even better.

Sean Miller, Arizona head coach

SATURDAY: ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON STATE, 8:30 p.m., FSAZ, 1290-AM, 107.5-FM

He said it …

"Klay Thompson is one of those players who is among the best in the country. He was great a year ago on offense, and he's done nothing but continue to get better. He's a very difficult matchup, and he can score at such a rate like Isaiah Thomas. Sometimes a player like that can be the difference."

Sean Miller, Arizona head coach

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