2017 F/C Derek Culver
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With multiple players capable of handling lead guard duties, it is looking more and more like junior Parker Jackson-Cartwright will begin the year with the first crack at the job. Jackson-Cartwright is the most experienced point guard on the roster, and in his third season he will also have the best understanding of Miller’s system and expectations.
Look for Jackson-Cartwright to lead Arizona with his ability to facilitate the offense and push the tempo. If Jackson-Cartwright’s defense improves, he could potentially take the point guard job and run with it. Freshman Kobi Simmons is ultra-talented, but may need some time to adjust to the physicality of the college game.
Ayton immediately gives Arizona a force in the paint, where he has dominated throughout his career. At over 230 pounds with a 7-4 wingspan, Ayton has truly special physical gifts. His broad frame and mobility make him very difficult to stop in the post, and he projects to be an impact player at the college level from day one.
Long since pegged as a future NBA lottery pick, Ayton boasts some impressive ability for a player his age. With a standing reach of over 9 feet 4 inches and terrific athleticism, he could become a defensive stalwart. He is also one of the strongest rebounders in the country, and should elevate Arizona’s interior play.
But Ayton is also a good shooter who can step away and hit jump shots. With his tantalizing combination of shooting ability and size, Ayton has been likened to Kevin Garnett among other favorable comparisons.
Hailing from the Bahamas, Ayton will be the first ever #1 prospect to play for Arizona and the first to choose the Pac-12 since Kevin Love committed to play for UCLA. #BEARDOWN #repost