Arizona Wildcats basketball: On Whitford, Bland and other notes

2013-04-10T11:24:00Z 2013-04-10T11:53:28Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: On Whitford, Bland and other notesBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 10, 2013 11:24 am  • 

During his formal introduction today as Ball State's new coach, former UA associate head coach James Whitford said his "mouth was watering" over the chance to take over the Cardinals.

 Western Michigan's Steve Hawkins complemented Whitford for being "very professional," and said he can make a difference at Ball State.

Whitford has been telling his new players he wants to play uptempo, with an attacking style.

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Saying Sean Miller will benefit from a "true playmaker," Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News ranks Arizona No. 3 in his early 2013-14 projections.

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Arizona finished the postseason ranked No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. (The Associated Press does not have a poll after the NCAA tournament).

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Well-regarded SoCal recruiter Tony Bland decided to make the jump to USC, where he will make nearly $300,000 as an assistant, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Rob Dauster says it's a huge hire for Andy Enfield, who now has two top Southern California recruiters on his new Trojans staff.

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Jahii Carson has decided to stay at ASU.

Percy Allen has a breakdown of who's leaving and who's not in the Pac-12.

Seems to be a lot of thought that Andre Roberson should stay at CU, but the Ralphie Report has an interesting argument that he should leave.

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For anyone who missed it today, we had a notebook looking at Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill in regards to the Portsmouth Invitational, while Greg Hansen took an early look at Pac-12 basketball next season.

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Lyons is scheduled to play his first PIT game today at 4 p.m. for K&D Round's Landscaping, which will have Scottie Pippen as an assistant coach.

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