The Arizona Wildcats continue to stay well above the Academic Progress Rating penalty line under Sean Miller.
In the first four-year rolling average that includes only years under Miller, the Wildcats posted a 984 score that was also the program’s highest since Miller arrived in 2009.
The 984 score was well above the 930 penalty line and tied for fourth place among Pac-12 programs with Washington, while Stanford (1,000), ASU (989) and Colorado (985) finished higher.
Arizona’s men’s basketball program had a 969 APR last year, reflecting 2008-09 to 2011-12, and a 975 in May 2012 (reflecting 2007-08 to 2010-11). The Wildcats had a 950 score for the years ending in 2009-10, but that only counted Miller’s first season (a 960 one-year score) and the transition years from Lute Olson to two interim coaches to Miller.
The APR score is effectively a “batting average” multiplied by 1,000 of the total number of “hits” a program has over a four-year period. Each athlete has two possible “hits” each semester, one for returning and one for staying eligible.
This year’s APR drops off the 2008-09 season coached by Russ Pennell, and counts all of Miller’s first four years. The 2013-14 season will not be reflected until next year’s score.
You can search for APR data by school, conference and year in the NCAA's database.
It’s hardly a surprise that Aaron Gordon won’t participate fully in the NBA combine, since top prospects rarely do anymore.
Agents’ strategy is typically that there just isn’t much to gain by playing against lower-rated players, and in an open environment where the action is on ESPN and in other media.
“We over-strategize on this kind of thing,” said Calvin Andrews, Gordon’s agent. “But who knows? If you have a bad shooting day (at the combine) it’s in front of the world. It can go either way, but why risk it when you have somebody like him?”
The combine is scheduled to be televised from 7-10 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m.-noon on ESPN2 on both Thursday and Friday.
The schedules for Johnson and Gordon are as follows:
Johnson is scheduled to work out between 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and do workout/strength/agility tests on Friday between 7 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.
Gordon’s group time for workouts is 10:45 a.m. to noon on Thursday (but he won’t be participating) and he is scheduled for strength/agility testing on Friday between 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
All times listed are Arizona/Pacific time.
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