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Miller will have 'Zona in title contention in '12

Posted on: August 29, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 7:37 am
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By Jeff Goodman

My fellow Arizona alums didn't want me anywhere near campus last year. I was the skeptic, the one who had the Wildcats ranked lower than any other AP voter, the one who just never believed in the cast surrounding Derrick Williams.

Now it's time to attempt to get back on the good side of my fellow alums.

Arizona will contend for the national title in 2012.

With the recent news that elite forward Brandon Ashley decided to commit to Arizona over Oregon and Kentucky on Monday, Miller has done the unthinkable.

He's taken Arizona from one of the most unstable programs in the nation just a few years ago back to where it's again a legitimate national power.

Check out this potential core group in 2012:

Point Guard - Josiah Turner, Jordin Mayes
Shooting Guard - Nick Johnson, Gabe York
Small Forward - Kevin Parrom, Solomon Hill
Power Forward - Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett 
Center - Angelo Chol, Sidiki Johnson

And if Arizona can somehow beat out Kansas for 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski, the Wildcats could be the favorites to win it all in 2012.

Even without Tarczewski, this will be a team capable of cutting down the nets. However, with him, they could be like the Wildcats of the old days, the ones that were loaded with future NBA'ers.

What Miller - who had absolutely no recruiting ties to the west coast - has done in his two years in Tucson has truly been remarkable. Not only is he a proven coach from his days at Xavier, but he showed he can get the most of his talent with the Elite Eight run a year ago.

He's also showcasing he can be an elite recruiter.

Miller's buddy, John Calipari, dug in on Ashley and came up short. Oregon has Nike backing and lost out to Arizona.

I was a skeptic a year ago.

That's no longer the case.
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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:43 am
 

Miller will have 'Zona in title contention in '12

Sean Miller has turned out to be gold for Arizona and has the Wildcats back on top of the college basketball world once again. Miller is turning out to be another Lute Olson Thank God.

Go Wildcats!!!!!!!



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Miller will have 'Zona in title contention in '12

Jeff, you can't just jump back on the bandwagon! Yea, you should've never got off! Last year when it came down to it & everyone including yourself were a skeptic of Sean Miller you were definitely "one" who played Arizona down & now that Sean Miller is recruiting at an ELITE level & getting the most out of his players, you suddenly want to get back in the good graces so to speak. Got news for ya there, you have a LONNNNGGG way to go.



Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Miller will have 'Zona in title contention in '12

This year is the 2011 season, it doesn't matter when the NC is crowned.  Next year is the 2012 season.  If your a Memphis fan I'm not going to argue with you, your team is basically a transplaneted Lute Olson Arizona team..

Good Luck, and I really mean that.

BEAR DOWN




Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Miller will have 'Zona in title contention in '12

YOU WILL NEVER BE BACK IN ARIZONA ALUM'S GOOD GRACES!

YOU'RE A TRAITOR AND A BANDWAGON FAN.

GET LOST!


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Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:37 pm
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Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Miller will have 'Zona in title contention in '12

Go Cats!!



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Miller will have 'Zona in title contention in '12

It's okay Jeff, you can say it... BEAR DOWN!  I think Miller is one year ahead of schedule.  He's turning in the same job that Ben Howland did in quickly rebuilding UCLA.

I agree Jeff that if Tarczewski joins, the Cats will likely be preseason #1 come 2012.  Miller is building a monster and with the financial backing and facilities he's got in the Old Pueblo, he can build something that will carry on the legacy of Lute and beyond.

Arizona is back amongst the nations elite.


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