The new math continues in Arizona Wildcats recruiting. Sean Miller has two openings on paper for 2015-16, two commits already (Tyler Dorsey and Justin Simon) yet is looking for a total 2015 class of...
"Six," he said Wednesday. "We're having a lot of turnover next spring."
The Wildcats will lose seniors T.J. McConnell and Matt Korcheck, but could also lose Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson to pro basketball. That's up to four more openings and, as we all know, there's always another spot or two that opens up somehow.
All this assumes that the Wildcats' one current opening, created when Zach Peters moved off the scholarship count, is filled with a multi-year player such as Ryan Anderson, who is visiting UA now. Anderson, if he chose Arizona, would sit out next season and play in 2015-16.
So, for 2015, Miller's goal is six.
Here's a look at the current scholarship situation for next season:
And in 2015-16:
One of the discussion items for Pac-12 basketball coaches during their meetings this week in Phoenix was how best to maximize their NCAA tournament chances.
The Wildcats have already been hitting the bullet points from that talk.
"If you're on the bubble, it's `What are some things that can potentially protect you,' " Miller said. "Some of it is simple: Win. But the other part is challenging yourself in the nonconference, getting away from home, playing exempt tournaments, playing quality teams -- having a lot of top 100 opportunities. Those things are pretty straightforward."
Last season, the Wildcats played in the NIT Season Tip-Off, and played true road games at Michigan and San Diego State. Next season, they will play in the Maui Invitational, travel to UTEP and UNLV, while hosting Michigan and Gonzaga.
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ICYMI, Greg Hansen says Stoudamire has the qualifications for the OSU job.
Draft Express has moved Aaron Gordon down to No. 11 in its 2014 mock NBA draft.