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All-Miller Era Team

September 15th, 2014 News 10 Comments

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Since coming to Arizona 5 years ago, Sean Miller has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in all of college basketball. Despite inheriting a program in turmoil, his success on the court has turned the program back into a perennial National Championship contender.

Here’s a look at what the roster might look like for an All-Miller Era team, dating back to his first season in 2009-2010.

Point Guard: Nic Wise – Wise logged an ironman-like 32.9 minutes per game his senior year, shouldering much of the load on offense due to the team’s inexperience. He was also clutch down the stretch, hitting numerous late game shots to help buoy Arizona’s record in Miller’s rookie season. Without Wise, who could have transferred elsewhere for his senior year, Arizona would have been one of the worst teams in the Pac-10 that season.

Wise led the team during the 2009-2010 season with 14.4 points per game. He also had four games with over 20 points, and two with 30.

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Shooting Guard: Nick Johnson – Over Johnson’s three years at Arizona, he developed into the Pac-12 Player of the Year and helped Arizona to 83 wins. Of his 108 career games, he started 107 of them. Johnson also became one of the country’s elite defenders, totaling 137 steals or 1.3 per game. He led Arizona with 16.3 points in his final season.

Johnson’s career embodied everything that was the backbone of Miller teams: defense, versatility, and unselfishness. After securing a multiple year contract with the Houston Rockets, Johnson is sure to go down as one of the best Wildcats ever, regardless of coach.

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Small Forward: Solomon Hill – A four year player, Hill started over 120 games in his career and contributed in a variety of statistical categories. As part of Miller’s inaugural recruiting class, Hill’s production over four years helped lay the foundation for Arizona’s title run this year.

During his upperclassman years, Hill averaged 13.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1 steal per game.

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Power Forward: Derick Williams – The biggest star of Miller’s tenure at Arizona, Williams exploded onto the national scene and brought Arizona with him on a magical Elite 8 run during his sophomore campaign.

Williams put up a red hot 19.5 points per game during his sophomore year, to go along with 8.3 rebounds and 59.5% shooting from the field. What made his second year even more brilliant was the addition of the three point shot to his game, hitting 56.8% of his 74 attempts. The momentum Arizona had from their surprising tournament run was indirectly responsible for the Wildcats’ recruiting success in recent years.


Center: Kaleb Tarczewski – A true 7 footer, Tarczewski came into the program with the looks of an excellent college player and he is on his way to achieving his potential. Playing on some of the deepest and most talented rosters in Arizona history, Tarczewski has held the interior and been Arizona’s most reliable post presence over his first two seasons.

As a junior, Tarczewski has a chance to add a special chapter to his Arizona legacy. As one of the most experienced players on the team, Tarczewski will look to lead the Cats to another championship this season and could emerge as one of the top centers in the nation.

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Reserves:
Aaron Gordon
Kevin Parrom
TJ McConnell
Jesse Perry
Kyle Fogg

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  1. Jeff

    September 16, 2014
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    Those five years have passed very quickly. Maybe TJ is the best PG of the Miller era considering Miller only coached Wise for his senior season, which was not as statistically impressive as his sophomore and junior seasons.

  2. titan4wildcats

    September 16, 2014
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    All great players, playing for a great coach, at the best Div I team. And we get to read these great stories on the best fan site in the country. Who could ask for more….Wildcat fans….as we’re headed to the top and will stay there for a long time.

  3. john t.

    September 16, 2014
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    TJM/PG – NJ/SG – SH/SF – DW/ C – AG/ PF

    NW/PG – GY/SG – RHJ/SF – KT/C – BA/PF

  4. mvpreed2

    September 16, 2014
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    I honestly expected to see Gordon on this list until I seen we were doing the traditional PG/SG/SF/PF/C format.
    Either way I want to say that this list would look different in about 4-5 years from now.
    I want to see if anyone would be able to unseat those that seem to have their spots cemented like Williams/Solo/Nick and Zeus (for the time being).
    Going to be an interesting ride in seeing how this All-Miller team plays out in the future.

  5. Portland Catfan

    September 16, 2014
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    Might-have-been candidates: Josiah Turner, Daniel Bejarano, Kyryl Natyazhko, Grant Jerrett, Sidiki Johnson

    You win some, you lose some. We all had high(-ish) hopes, at one time or another, for guys like these too. To Miller’s credit, he has moved steadily forward through the disappointments as well as the highlights. Lute proved himself in the same way. The Arizona program could not be in better hands.

  6. David

    September 16, 2014
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    There is no way that anyone can place Nic Wise ahead of TJ McConnell in the Point Guard position. Wise was an undersized shooting guard and not a Point guard. Furthermore, he was a very poor defender who could not guard his own shadow to start with. And then, he was not a Miller player and was inherited by the coach from the previous coaching staff. Just my two cents worth…….

  7. FernDog24

    September 18, 2014
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    Here’s my 1st team and reserves:
    PG TJM
    SG NJ
    SF SH
    PF AG
    C DW
    Reserves:
    KP, RHJ, NW, KF, Zeus

  8. victor

    September 18, 2014
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    Aaron Gordon. Hello?

  9. Forestr

    October 6, 2014
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    Would love to see AG & DW play against each other, they were both beasts for the cats that would have been my most difficult choice. I Love Solo but i think hes going down to the Rondae or the Stanimal depending on the linup/usage.

  10. Forestr

    October 6, 2014
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    Would love to see AG & DW play against each other, they were both beasts for the cats. That would have been my most difficult choice. I Love Solo but i think he’s going down to Rondae or the Stanimal depending on the lineup/usage.

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