Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 10/26/11
TUCSON It wasn't clear by his answer but if Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller has had more depth in his previous seven years as a head coach you'd have to think he'd remember because you'd know they were pretty darn good. Two weeks into Arizona's practice schedule, it's not clear how good Arizona will be this season hint: it is ranked No. 16 in the first USA TODAY poll but you know one thing it's deep. Maybe 10-11 deep. Thus the question have you had a team that's been any deeper? "When you think you've got a lot of depth," Miller said, "you go to practice and you realize I (am) not as good as I thought I would be." That's Miller never overstated. Never too optimistic. But one thing is clear Arizona has depth. It may be short on height, but plenty of depth. So deep, it appears that he can't figure out who his starting five will be in Thursday's first exhibition game against Seattle Pacific. On Saturday after Arizona's Red-Blue game, he had two definites: junior Solomon Hill and senior Kyle Fogg. Two days later, he added senior Jesse Perry. All three were obvious given the experience and the abilities. With two weeks before Arizona's season opener and the benefit of two exhibitions, Miller will be patient and look at his team with a jeweler's eye. Miller did admit he does have a number of "different" players "who can make plays." What he's hoping for is balance. "Balance has to be our cornerstone," he said. "(There will be) a lot of games where we will have four, five guys in double figures." As Miller put it, it'll be a "fun team to watch" because of that. And because of the young guy's potential. Right now, he has time. He has options. Junior Kevin Parrom would be the next obvious choice in the lineup but he's out recovering from injuries to his knee and hand and won't be back until mid-November at the earliest. With that, it wouldn't be a surprise if sophomore Jordan Mayes and freshman Sidiki Johnson get the other two spots. Mayes and freshman Josiah Turner are neck and neck for the point guard role, while Johnson is fighting junior Kyryl Natyazhko for the center spot. "Both Sidiki Johnson and Kyryl will get heavy minutes at that position," Miller said on Tuesday. "I would like to think between the two of them they can grow at that position and make us successful. Who's going to start? It's too early to tell and it's not clear cut." And does it really matter? It's likely minutes will be shared at an even rate, unless one overtakes the other significantly. What a luxury to have. Johnson is so full of potential in part because "he's learning how hard he has to work" to play at this level. As for Natyazhko, well, all Miller is looking for is "just be better than he was last year." And it's not about statistics. It's about making few mistakes and playing to the team's needs. And, Arizona needs a center. Miller did add that he's not considering another forward to play center, although freshman Angelo Chol could be a backup center as the season progresses. "We want him to get in at the four (big forward spot) and make him feel as comfortable as we can," Miller said. Miller is all about comfort. He does have options, although it looks like the lineup most of the time will be smallish, but very athletic. Consider Arizona freshman Nick Johnson, who might be UA's most athletic player, giving his leaping ability. Miller said Fogg could move to a small forward spot and Johnson would move in his spot. "Nick can do a lot of things," Miller said. "You can see few kids have his athletic talent and he's a very hard worker. The first thing is getting him to understand our defense. He's going to be a big part of what we are doing, not just our future but this year."
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