Arizona Wildcats basketball: UA staffer to re-join Whitford at Ball State

2014-06-02T11:44:00Z 2014-06-02T11:46:14Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: UA staffer to re-join Whitford at Ball StateBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Have been told that Danny Peters, Arizona's well-regarded assistant director of operations, is now expected to re-join coach James Whitford as an assistant coach at Ball State.

Whitford, the former UA associate head coach, had two assistant coaches to hire after last season, because associate head coach Brett Nelson left to become an assistant coach at Marquette and Billy Wright left to be the head coach at Western Illinois.

Peters' father, Dan, is the director of basketball operations at Akron and has been fighting a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. Whitford has a strong connection to both of them.

To fill Peters' spot, UA will bring back Ben Tucker, a student manager at Arizona who worked under Kevin O'Neill, Russ Pennell and Sean Miller, and was an assistant at the College of Idaho last season. (Tucker's move was first reported by KGUN).

Has Aaron Gordon really overhauled his free-throw shooting? A Celtics blog says he has. But another blog suggests the Celtics should stay away from him anyway.

Meanwhile, the Bright Side of the Sun breaks down Gordon's game, and likes the Shawn Marion comparison.

And a Magic fan blog breaks down Nick Johnson's game.

Interesting Chronicle of Higher Education story on Marvin Clark, the onetime Oregon commit who played with Dusan Ristic at Sunrise Christian last season.

Tyler Dorsey tweeted last week that he's still solidly committed to UA, and he told Scout ($) that coaches still call him to say they hear "whispers" and ask if he's really committed. is not too wild about Dana Altman these days.

Jon Wilner sets up the landmark Ed O'Bannon case.

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