Short summer vacation over for Wildcats

2013-08-23T15:44:00Z 2013-08-23T16:01:44Z Short summer vacation over for WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 23, 2013 3:44 pm  • 

Summer will officially end for the Arizona Wildcats this weekend.

Only senior guard Jordin Mayes has stuck around during the short vacation this month that began after the second summer session of classes ended, but all of the Wildcats are scheduled to arrive back on campus by Sunday morning.

Then they’ll be subject later that day to what UA coach Sean Miller calls a “state of the union” address, complete with police officers and other speakers that will advise them on their offcourt lives.

The limited small-group workouts, which are allowed for a total of two hours per week in the summer and early fall, will resume sometime after fall semester classes begin on Monday.

“‘We’ll probably start (practicing) on Wednesday and at that point we’ll be full-force for two hours a week plus all the weightlifting and conditioning,” said Ryan Reynolds, UA’s director of basketball operations.

In the past, Reynolds said, the Wildcats have been given the first week of classes off from workouts but since full practices now will begin on Sept. 27, there is less time for the limited on-court drills and strength/conditioning work.


Aaron Gordon has been prodding former Oakland Soldiers teammate and UA target Stanley Johnson to "get that MVP" at Saturday's Elite 24 game in Brooklyn, according to SLAM Online.

SLAM takes a look at Johnson and others in the event, which will involve other UA targets such as Justise Winslow, Ivan Rabb, Myles Turner and Stephen Zimmerman.

The game will be televised at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.

Johnson, Rabb and Winslow are scheduled to join the dunk competition starting today at 4 p.m. (also on ESPNU).


Winslow is expected to cut his list to five schools soon, one of those will almost certainly be Arizona.


Miller told ESPN.com that comparing Gordon to Blake Griffin isn't fair, noting that Gordon is more fluid away from the basket than Griffin was as a freshman.


And yet another good guy is leaving the Tucson sports media: ESPN Tucson sports talk radio host Jody Oehler is taking his talents to Fox Sports 910 in Phoenix.


Luke Duke wondered on the previous discussion thread why I mentioned Aaron Gordon's second-team all-American selection by the Sporting News over the fact that SN picked UA No. 5 nationally.

The simple answer is that the Sporting News made its Top 25 picks in May so that was old news, but the all-America picks were new to the yearbook release. Otherwise, of course, the team's ranking would be a bigger deal.

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