With the 2013-14 season behind us, Arizona fans are already looking forward to next year. Over the coming weeks we will profile each of the new players that will be joining the Wildcats in 2014-15. Check PGU frequently for the next installments.
- Parker Jackson-Cartwright, 5’10 PG
- Stanley Johnson, 6’7 G/F, Mater Dei High School
Out of Findlay Prep by way of New Orleans, 6’9 230 lb forward Craig Victor is a future fan favorite for the Arizona Wildcats. Victor has an infectiously fun personality but he’s got serious game on the court, and figures to be a big part of the Wildcats’ core going forward.
Victor will provide immediate post depth for Arizona, likely coming off the bench behind juniors Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski. He’ll be counted on for his scoring, which is one of his strengths.
He’s strong and confident around the basket, where Victor scores most of his points. But he has also developed a nice midrange shot that gives him an added dimension on offense. Overall Victor is a player with a very high offensive ceiling, and figures to be a big time scorer down the line.
Victor is at his best sliding around the baseline using his combination of power and quickness to get high percentage looks. He has some crafty moves down low and can be a force when he’s in a rhythm.
The biggest question for Victor’s freshman year is how well he will be able to defend. If he can adapt quickly to the college game, he could push for major minutes and be a significant contributor right off the bat. But if Victor struggles to defend the interior, his time may be limited on a deep Arizona roster with many options.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Victor’s game is that while he is best as a post player right now, he could eventually develop into more of a small forward. He is very mobile for his size and has shown the ability to operate away from the basket.
As a freshman though, Victor will make his impact in the post. Arizona will have multiple lineup options, and Victor could be deployed as power forward or center should Sean Miller opt for a smaller lineup.
While Arizona looks to be loaded next year, Victor is certain to make an impact on the team. Even if he doesn’t play consistent minutes next season, he is the type of positive locker room presence that will build team chemistry. And in the future, that type of attitude could make Victor one of the team’s future leaders.