Tuesday was a teaser for the Arizona Wildcats' upcoming basketball season as Sean Miller addressed the media for the first time since the end of the 2019 season. 

The Wildcats lost four players from a season ago, including Brandon Randolph, Justin Coleman, Ryan Luther and Alex Barcello, but welcome a batch of newcomers who will heavily contribute this season. The new guys: five-star guards Nico Mannion and Josh Green, four-star forward Zeke Nnaji, three-star center Christian Koloko and transfers Max Hazzard, Jemarl Baker and Jordan Brown. Cornell transfer Stone Gettings will also be eligible to play this season after joining the team in the spring. 

Hazzard is a graduate transfer from UC-Irvine and will have one season of eligibility, while Brown will sit out, per NCAA transfer rules. Miller said in his press conference on Tuesday that Arizona is working on getting Baker a waiver through the NCAA to make him available for this season, which could help the Cats' depth in the backcourt considering Brandon Williams is out for the year with a lingering congenital knee issue. 

The returning cast for Arizona: Chase Jeter, Ira Lee, Devonaire Doutrive and Dylan Smith. 

Miller previewed the upcoming season on Tuesday, here are a few snippets from his press conference. 


'Best environment in college basketball'


Blocking outside noise


Losing Brandon Williams for the season


Josh Green's impact


Arizona's most improved player


Christian Koloko better than Miller thought


Chase Jeter's track record


Said, but not recorded

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