Arizona Wildcats basketball: Lot of work remaining with 2015 class

2014-05-08T17:12:00Z 2014-05-08T17:27:01Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Lot of work remaining with 2015 classBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

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:

1   Korcheck Matt PF Sr.
2   McConnell T.J. PG  Sr.
3   Ashley Brandon PF Jr.
4   Tarczewski Kaleb C Jr.
5   York Gabe SG Jr.
6   Allen Kadeem SG Jr.
7   Hollis-Jefferson Rondae SF So.
8   Pitts Elliott SG So.
9   Jackson-Cartwright Parker PG Fr.
10   Victor  Craig PF Fr.
11   Johnson Stanley SF Fr.
12   Ristic Dusan C Fr.
13   OPEN      

And in 2015-16:

1   Ashley Brandon PF Sr.
2   Tarczewski Kaleb C Sr.
3   York Gabe SG Sr.
4   Allen Kadeem SG Sr.
5   Hollis-Jefferson Rondae SF Jr.
6   Pitts Elliott SG Jr.
7   Jackson-Cartwright Parker PG So.
8   Victor  Craig PF So.
9   Johnson Stanley SF So.
10   Ristic Dusan C So.
11   Dorsey Tyler SG Fr.
12   Simon Justin SG Fr.
13   OPEN      

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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