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.
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Point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California, committed to Arizona in February of 2013. That seems like ages ago. But the cerebral floor general is poised to have a great Wildcat career under Sean Miller’s tutelage, whom he has a special connection with.
In countless interviews with Point Guard U, Jackson-Cartwright always mentioned his relationship with Miller as one of the main reasons why he committed to Arizona. Miller, a former point guard, has a special insight into playing the position and Jackson-Cartwright is the type of coachable player that will soak up great teaching like a sponge.
Jackson-Cartwright will also have the advantage of learning from another great point guard, soon-to-be senior TJ McConnell. While McConnell will play most of the minutes at point guard during Jackson-Cartwright’s freshman year, the experience PJC will gain from practicing against McConnell every day will only help his development.
Though not an imposing physical presence at under 6 feet, Jackson-Cartwright’s game is much bigger than his stature. A speedy ball-handler, Jackson-Cartwright is masterful at facilitating offense and running a team game, often finding cutters with surprisingly sharp passes. He has a great understanding of ball movement and how to attack defenses, making him a coach’s dream in an era of combo guards playing point guard.
Jackson-Cartwright is also a pesky defender who uses his speed and quick hands to frustrate ball handlers. How he adjusts to the physicality of the college game will be one of the major questions entering his first year.
While not a prolific scorer, Jackson-Cartwright is a capable shooter who prefers to do his damage by setting up teammates. He’s at his best in the open floor where he can create and capitalize on passing lanes before defenders can react.
There’s a lot to like about Jackson-Cartwright as a player and as a person, as he has a maturity beyond his years. Though he may not log heavy minutes next season, he is an integral part of the team’s future.
Look for Jackson-Cartwright to make his impact as a tough practice player who makes his teammates better. After a year of learning from Miller and McConnell, he could step into a much bigger role down the line.