Wildcats' Mayes has 'outside chance' to play this weekend

2012-02-14T16:13:00Z 2012-02-14T17:34:21Z Wildcats' Mayes has 'outside chance' to play this weekendBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

Sophomore guard Jordin Mayes will travel to Washington with the Wildcats this weekend, but coach Sean Miller said he is not optimistic Mayes will play.

More likely, Miller said, Mayes could be cleared to play next weekend against USC and UCLA, although it is possible Mayes could make an appearance Saturday at Washington.

“There’ s an outside chance that he could but we’re going to wait until he’s pain free so we don’t put him at further risk,” Miller said. “He’s made progress. He’s in a much better place right now that he once was but I don’t know if that is going to allow him to be with us this weekend.”

Miller said UA is being especially careful so Mayes will not have a setback. Mayes has been doing some shooting and light work so far, while UA is keeping an eye on his pain level.

“We’re increasing his activity and as we increase his activity we get to a certain point and (if) he experiences some pain, we shut him down,” Miller said.

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Miller was asked today about Jesse Perry, describing him as 6-7 and 208 pounds.

“I would say he’s the smallest center to ever play at Arizona. Am I wrong?” Miller said. “If you go into the 1950s and get a team picture, I’ll bet you the guy was at least 6-7 and 208.”

Miller was close. But Lute Olson had some pretty small "centers" during his first three seasons at UA: He started 6-6, 227-pound John Edgar in 1985-86 and 6-7, 190 Pete Williams in 1983-84 and 1984-85.

Whatever the case, Miller added, Perry “has embraced that – he’s done the best he can. He’s guarded the other teams’ biggest player for 26 games, and right now I think he leads our conference in offensive rebounding. He’s one of three double-figure scorers, he’s shooting 50 percent and he’s one of our oldest players. The guys really respect him. When he plays well, we’re at our best. When he doesn’t play well it’s been hard for us.”

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Arizona's tipoff time for its Feb. 23 home game with USC has been set for 6:30 p.m. MT, with Fox Sports Arizona providing coverage.

FS Arizona will have ASU and UCLA on its website at the same time. The national FSN game, Stanford at Colorado, will follow at 8:30.

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FSN will carry both UA games this week, with Ernie Kent and Kevin Calabro calling the WSU game, with Calabro and Marcus Johnson working at UW on Saturday.

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You could say Mike Montgomery owns the Ducks.

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David Steele says Mike Dunlap deserves a lot of credit at St. John's.

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Craig Robinson welcomed a baby boy on Monday night.

 

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