Arizona Wildcats guard Elliott Pitts takes a three-pointer against Oregon at McKale Center on Feb. 06, 2014.

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Elliott Pitts arrived at Arizona early last summer not yet 18 years old, and only had about 170 pounds on his 6-foot-5 frame.

Now he’s 19, has been through a season with the Wildcats, and is up to nearly 190 pounds, according to coach Sean Miller.

In what should be an extremely competitive battle for playing time in the UA backcourt, that could make a difference.

“He weighed 170 … and not only was he a freshman, but he was a really young freshman,” Miller said this week. “His body is changing. That only makes what he can do better.”

Even though the well-regarded Stanley Johnson will play both shooting guard and small forward, Miller said he is counting on both Pitts and Gabe York for help. York started 12 of 38 games last season.

More expectations about Johnson’s impact: Athlon Sports has named him to its all-freshman team.

Not surprisingly, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is on Athlon's all-sophomore team, too.

ICYMI, Miller says teams who shy away from big home-and-home series "can spin it however they want but what they’re saying is `We don’t want to lose in our nonconference season.’ ”

Maybe Solomon Hill can help fill Paul George's shoes.

Doctors are optimistic OSU's Chai Baker will recover after a still-unknown ailment caused him to collapse.

Jordan McLaughlin could be the ideal engine for Andy Enfield at USC.

Jahii Carson signed with an Australian team.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball