Red-Blue atmosphere may have helped Miller's recruiting

2011-10-22T19:19:00Z 2011-10-23T00:33:05Z Red-Blue atmosphere may have helped Miller's recruitingBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

First, here's the official box score from the Red-Blue Game and a link to the UA archived webcast of it.

Our coverage today: A main story on the Red-Blue Game and atmosphere around it, a sidebar on Kevin Parrom's progress, and a photo gallery. (Greg Hansen's column is not immediately available online).

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Some more notes from the game:

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Sean Miller made several references to how important the atmosphere was to recruiting. Arizona hosted already committed players Gabe York, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley, while 2012 target Kaleb Tarczewski was on hand as well as some key younger players.

 "Today obviously means so much more than the game," Miller said. "The former teams' players and coaches, and our current team...and obviously a big part of our future was sitting here as well.

"I’d like to thank our fans and the people in our ticket office working as hard as they did. There was a combination of energy and atmosphere that not many college basketball program enjoy. That's why we all came to Arizona and that’s what makes us so special. It was just really a great afternoon."

Miller told the fans when he took the microphone before the game that "we have our future here" and alluded to the Nov. 9 fall signing date when he thanked fans for showing up during his postgame news conference.

"They did their job and hopefully over these the next couple of weeks we can feel the impact," Miller said.

Solomon Hill thought it should help, too.

"Seeing as many guys back, seeing the team, the four freshmen go out there and jell ... If I had gone on my trip seeing the No. 1 recruiting class and the NBA players, it would be hard to pass this up," Hill said. "It should have a great deal to do with the recruiting in the future."

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Miller said that only Hill and Kyle Fogg are starters at this point. "Beyond that there's two weeks of practice to really figure out who the others are and those guys have to keep working hard as well."

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Jason Terry said he was surprised how quickly Sean Miller has revived the UA program.

"I had my doubts," he said. "I was ready to hang it up and come back and coach myself. One day, hopefully, I will. But they picked the right man for the job. The direction this school is in, it’s only going to go up.

"By him bringing us back, he realized what it means to be an Arizona Wildcat. When I first stepped foot on campus, I was greeted by Sean Elliott, Steve Kerr, Jud Bueschler, Damon Stoudamire -- all those guys in a pickup game. I knew then it was a brotherhood and it meants a lot to wear Arizona across your chest."

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The way Miller sees it, the Red-Blue Game won't be the only time this season that six guys score in double figures.

 “I do think we have a lot of different players who can make plays on offense and defense, and balance has to be our cornerstone this year,” Miller said. “We will have a lot of games with four or five players in double figures and same thing on defense, we’ll have to have a lot of contributions from a lot of players. It’ll be a fun team to watch from that perspective. And especially as the year grows our younger players will be more comfortable.”

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Chase Budinger was asked to reflect back on his tenure at UA. He played for three coaches in three years during UA's transition years.

"I had a different college experience but it's like a brotherhood," Budinger said. "We're a family and coach Olson did a great job for 20 something years that he was here of creating that and Sean is doing the same moving forward. It's nice to see."

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Jordin Mayes said he is recovering well after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot over the summer. He had two points, two rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes for the Blue team.

"I feel like I'm about to 100 percent," Mayes said. "I have no pain in it. I'm running well. I'm working hard, lifting with my feet well so everything's doing good."

 

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