2009-10 Preseason Prostectus
July 17, 2009
Arizona 2009-10 Quick Facts (as of July 17, 2009)
Location: Tucson, Ariz.Founded: 1885Enrollment: 37,600Nickname: WildcatsSchool Colors: Cardinal & NavyArena (Capacity): McKale Center (14,545)Affiliation: NCAA Division I-AConference: Pacific-10President: Dr. Robert Shelton (520/621-5511)Faculty Representative: Jory HancockDirector of Athletics: Jim LivengoodAthletic Dept. Phone: (520) 621-4622Ticket Office Phone: (520) 621-2287
First Year of Basketball: 1904-05All-time Record: 1,568-858 (.646)Years in NCAA Tournament/Last: 28/2009 (2-1)Last Postseason Opponent: LouisvilleResult: Lost, 103-64, 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal
Head Coach: Sean MillerAlma Mater: Pittsburgh, 1992Career Record/Years: 120-47 (.719)/5Record at Arizona/Years: First SeasonBasketball Office Phone: (520) 621-4813Best Time to Reach Coach: Contact SIDAssistant Coaches/Alma Mater/Years at ArizonaArchie Miller/North Carolina State, 2002/1Emanuel 'Book' Richardson/Pittburgh-Johnstown, 1998/1James Whitford/Wisconsin, 1994/1Athletic Trainer: Justin Kokoskie
Sports Information Director: Tom Duddleston Jr.Associate S.I.D./Basketball Contact: Richard PaigeOffice Phone: (520) 621-4163Home Phone: (520) 790-4347e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgS.I.D. Fax: (520) 621-2681Mailing/Overnight AddressAthletic Media RelationsP.O. Box 210096McKale Center, Room 1061 National Championship DriveTucson, AZ 85721-0096Press Row Phone: (520) 621-4334Athletic Web Site: www.arizonawildcats.com
2008-09 Record: 21-14(14-3 home, 2-9 away, 5-2 neutral)Conference Record/Finish: 9-9/T5thLetterwinners Returning/Lost: 7/5Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2
Returnees (7) Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG* Kyle Fogg G 6-2 175 So. 6.1 2.5 1.7* Jamelle Horne F 6-6 209 Jr. 6.8 5.1 1.3Alex Jacobson C 6-11 253 So. 1.0 1.2 0.1Garland Judkins G 6-3 195 So. 2.4 0.9 1.2Brendon Lavender G 6-3 205 So. 0.6 0.2 0.3D.J. Shumpert F 6-6 177 Fr. 0.0 1.0 0.3* Nic Wise G 5-10 177 Sr. 15.7 2.5 4.6* returning starter
Newcomers (5) Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. HometownSolomon Hill F 6-6 195 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif.Lamont Jones G 5-11 190 Fr. Harlem, N.Y.Kyryl Natyazhko C 6-10 250 Fr. Dnipropetrovsk, UkraineKevin Parrom G/F 6-6 200 Fr. Bronx, N.Y.Derrick Williams F 6-7 210 Fr. La Mirada, Calif.
Losses (5) Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APGDavid Bagga G 6-4 180 Sr. 1.3 0.1 0.0^ Chase Budinger F 6-7 218 Jr. 18.0 6.2 3.4^ Jordan Hill F 6-10 235 Jr. 18.3 11.0 1.5Zane Johnson F 6-5 204 So. 4.6 1.8 0.9Fendi Onobun F 6-6 249 Sr. 1.0 0.8 0.2^ starter lost
Quoting Sean Miller . . .
Do you feel like things have settled down for you after a whirlwind start as the Arizona head coach?
'Yes and no. I think that any time you take over a new program - and in particular one that is as established and as tradition rich as Arizona -there are a lot of different phases that you want to do a great job with. For example, meeting people in the community in Tucson, getting your own family, staff and your staff's families settled is something that sometimes is overlooked, but is a big part of what you go through when you first get to a new place.
'At the same time, we're really trying to establish relationships with so many of the former players and people that have made our program as great as it is. You can't do that in three months or even a year. It takes several years. The effort to do that is constant.
'Whether it's recruiting, trying to bring in future players, or getting to know the players that are currently in your program, those things just take up so much of your time to develop. You can't establish it all at once, so it's an ever-evolving process.'
How would you rate your recruiting efforts under some limited time constraints?
'I feel very fortunate. I think our staff worked very hard and was diligent to do the best we could. The one thing we wanted to avoid was to just bring in numbers just to fill our roster. There is a certain strategy that new coaches tend to employ. We tried to settle on people and players that we wanted two years or three years from now once we were established.
'We're very fortunate to take advantage of some circumstances that allowed us to get as many as five. If that number, in terms of quality, was one or two, that's where we would have stopped. To get a class of five of the quality we were able to, I'm very excited about it and proud of it. I also know that what's going to be expected of that group is somewhat unfair.'
At this point of the summer, do you feel good about the makeup of the tentative 2009-10 roster as a whole?
'The group of five gives us depth and size that at one point we did not have. With any team, the players that will have the greatest impact on our success this season are our returners. The guys that have been through Pac-10 seasons, the guys that have been though college practices, the ones that are older - in particular guys like Nic Wise - will have a lot to do with our success, as will Jamelle Horne, who played a huge role on last year's Arizona team. A number of different players that return, Kyle Fogg, Brendon (Lavender), Garland (Judkins), Alex (Jacobson), will certainly have an opportunity being that they've already been through a college season or seasons, and they know what to expect. For the freshmen, we are certainly counting on them, but most of the time at the end of the season, you point to the older players who helped you the most.'
How do you temper the expectations for the upcoming season?
'First of all, we just have to introduce our system and the way we do things to the group as a whole. It's the first time through for everybody. That's doesn't necessarily always bode well for success. The first preseason, we're going to do things in a different way than our players have done before. We have players where I will be their third or fourth coach in the last three or four seasons.
'Before we talk about how much success we can have this year, it's important to understand that this year is about doing things the right way, really building our system and building our habits and building a culture, and acclimating our five new players with the current players. I have no doubt that as we go along our team will get better. To what level of success, that's to be determined.
'When I came here, I didn't really think about 2009-10. I thought about what we could do over a two-, four-, six-, or eight-year period of time and return Arizona basketball to it's prominent place. You aren't going to be able to do that over a short offseason. I like some of the things we've been able to accomplish. I think it's solidified and stabilized our program, but certainly we're on the front end of a lot of different things as it applies to this year.'