ESPN analyst and former Wildcat guard Miles Simon rated UA's backcourt the third-best nationally, behind only Oklahoma State and Connecticut.

Simon raved about T.J. McConnell's vision, Nick Johnson's continued improvement and Gabe York's growth in the game.

Grand Canyon will host a load of top high school prospects this weekend in HoopHall West, which features powerhouses such as Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, Oak Hill Academy, and Houston Yates.

UA signee Stanley Johnson will be playing with Mater Dei at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

More Michigan-related links:

-- Sporting News' Ryan Fagan talks about how Michigan guard Nik Stauskas was motivated by last season's finish.

-- MLive's Brendan Quinn has a detailed look at the numbers behind Saturday's matchup.

-- Dylan Burkhardt of breaks down the Wolverines in a Q&A format on the Pachoops blog.

Malachi Richardson, a 2015 guard who still lists Arizona, is expected to make an announcement Friday. Zagsblog says all signs appear to point to Syracuse.

Are the new officiating rules really making the game better? A story on says they are.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball