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Arizona dominates Pac-12 awards

While the regular season ended in mildly disappointing fashion for Arizona, the postseason has started off just fine. The fourth-ranked Wildcats, who lost to Oregon on Sunday in their regular-season finale but still won the conference and finished 29-3, dominated Monday's announcement of the Pac-12 awards. Junior guard Nick Johnson was named Pac-12 player of the year, freshman...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Jarrett leaving Arizona for chance at NBA

Grant Jarrett has declared himself eligible for the NBA after one season at Arizona. A 6-foot-10 freshman, Jarrett announced Wednesday that he is leaving the Wildcats to pursue his lifelong dream of playing professional basketball. Part of a heralded recruiting class by coach Sean Miller, Jarrett averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 34 games, including two starts. He had a high...
Via AP on Fox
April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Arizona seniors seek fond farewell at McKale

TUCSON, Ariz. -- It all went too fast for Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom. And, yes, Mark Lyons, who joined the other seniors this year at Arizona in what they hoped would be a glorious road to the Final Four and beyond. There is still hope that it could happen. Time will tell. But one thing that is certain is their time at McKale Center is running out, with Saturday's 2:30 p...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

UA freshmen ignoring hype, getting to work

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Sean Miller understands full well the vagaries of recruiting. At Arizonas media day last week, he could chuckle about how the second pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Derrick Williams, fell into his lap after the coaching shuffles at the UA and USC in the spring of 2009. Recruiting is nine -- or maybe 99 -- parts hard work and one part good fortune, and it takes time...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Wildcats adjusting with young big men in fold

TUCSON, Ariz. -- In three years at Arizona, Sean Millers game plan hasn't really included passing the ball near the basket to a true, blue big man. Who to throw to when theres no one really there? Sure, former UA star Derrick Williams played near the basket from time to time and dominated, but he was no center. He may have played bigger than his 6-foot-9 frame, but he was no...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Wildcats adjusting with young big men in fold

TUCSON, Ariz. -- In three years at Arizona, Sean Millers game plan hasn't really included passing the ball near the basket to a true, blue big man. Who to throw to when theres no one really there? Sure, former UA star Derrick Williams played near the basket from time to time and dominated, but he was no center. He may have played bigger than his 6-foot-9 frame, but he was no...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Dancing around the bubble

The college basketball season is winding down and it's time for the NCAA tournament selection committee to zoom in on all those RPIs, SOSs and W-Ls. The final decisions, at least for some of the final spots, will likely come from something beyond the numbers: The eyeball test. In other words, do they look like NCAA tournament teams? So, with the regular season starting to wrap...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Williams/Blum Friday Debate: 2-17 Edition

By Chris Williams and Brent Blum of CycloneFanatic.com Follow the guys on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams and @BrentBlum  Every Friday during the college basketball season, our Chris Williams and Brent Blum go back and forth on a variety of Iowa State and Big 12 related topics. Enjoy. Williams:Well Blum, there’s a lot going on right now. The 2012 football schedule was released on Tuesday...
Via Cyclone Fanatic
February 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Two ex-Arizona Wildcats to participate in Slam Dunk contest

Rookie Derrick Williams of Minnesota and Chase Budinger of Houston, both former Arizona Wildcats, are among the four participants in this year's NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Via AZ Central
February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington Huskies get HUGE Pac 12 primetime road win in Arizona

NCAA Hoops: Washington @ Arizona It was arguably one of the biggest games of the year as the Washington Huskies were scheduled to come into Arizona to take on the always challenging Wildcats. The game was a primetime game, slated for ESPN and was the featured game on ESPN Gameday. These two teams have developed quite a rivalry over the last 2 seasons, especially after last season’s...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 29, 2012  |  Discuss

UA notebook: 'Gameday' comes to Tucson

Arizona's home game against Washington on Saturday night has been one of the team's most anticipated dates of the season in Tucson, and not just because it matches two of the best, most athletic teams in the Pac-12. Back in the preseason, ESPN chose the game for its primetime telecast, complete with the "GameDay" crew doing its show from McKale Center during the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Wildcats trying to firm up go-to options

TUCSON All season its been said Arizona doesnt have a go-to guy. True enough. It's had several. Sometimes it's been Solomon Hill. Sometimes, Jesse Perry. Other times, Nick Johnson. And that's been fine with UA coach Sean Miller. Its been go-to by committee all season. Long gone is All-American Derrick Williams, Arizonas safety net a season ago. He's been missed...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 25, 2012  |  Discuss

NBA: Dark Horse Teams Poised to Make a Splash

  The NCAA tournament sets the stage for David and Goliath battles pitting stacked and storied programs against mid-major, prospective Cinderellas. Now while the victor is usually predetermined, our assumptions can sometimes be met with the surprising and inspirational news of an upset. Fans and media members foams over and thrives on these kinds of instances. They keep spirits...
Via Race Review Online
December 13, 2011  |  Discuss

Timberwolves ink second overall pick Williams to deal

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed second overall pick Derrick Williams to a rookie deal on Monday. A 6-foot-8, 241-pound forward out of Arizona, Williams is expected to contribute right away for the lowly Timberwolves. Williams, who had participated in the first three days of the team's training camp, averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds as a sophomore with the Wildcats. ...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 12, 2011  |  Discuss

Williams, Rubio impressive in scrimmage

MINNEAPOLIS As Timberwolves players slowly made their way back to Minneapolis this week to work out at Target Center, the NBA's No. 2 overall pick was still missing. But Derrick Williams, who Minnesota drafted out of Arizona in June, was finally on the court Thursday, taking part in light workouts as well as a five-on-five scrimmage with his teammates. "It's just...
Via Fox Sports North
December 08, 2011  |  Discuss

Williams, Rubio impressive in scrimmage

MINNEAPOLIS As Timberwolves players slowly made their way back to Minneapolis this week to work out at Target Center, the NBA's No. 2 overall pick was still missing. But Derrick Williams, who Minnesota drafted out of Arizona in June, was finally on the court Thursday, taking part in light workouts as well as a five-on-five scrimmage with his teammates. "It's just...
Via Fox Sports North
December 08, 2011  |  Discuss

Wildcats sign four top recruits

Arizona coach Sean Miller signed a stellar class that included Derrick Williams two years ago. Last year, he brought in four heralded freshmen. Miller may have outdone even himself this year, signing a four-player recruiting class ranked by numerous services as the best in the nation. The class announced Monday includes three players from California: Brandon Ashley, a 6-foot-8...
Via AP on Fox
November 15, 2011  |  Discuss

Duquesne-Arizona Preview

Having lost an All-American as well as his second-leading scorer, Arizona coach Sean Miller knows it might take a little time before his team begins living up to its potential. Fortunately for the 16th-ranked Wildcats, they will get a couple more opportunities to improve before heading off to New York later this month to finish the 2K Sports Classic, including a home game against...
Via Fox Sports
November 08, 2011  |  Discuss

Arizona tops Valparaiso in season opener

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona struggled early, missing shots while giving up too many open ones. The Wildcats had trouble finishing, too, allowing more points in the final 4 minutes than the previous 16. Good thing they played so well in between. Coming off two disappointing exhibition games, No. 16 Arizona lived up to coach Sean Miller's work-in-progress billing by playing...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 07, 2011  |  Discuss

Create-a-Caption: Derrick Williams, found-objects stealth ninja

You're stuck watching the University of Arizona's football team struggle its way to its seventh loss of the season, and because you are a famous recent export of the Wildcats' basketball program, you can't just skip out or blatantly ignore all the kicking-game shenanigans -- it would be poor form. But you really want to listen to that Huey Lewis playlist that your...
Via Ball Don't Lie
November 07, 2011  |  Discuss

Pac-12 basketball must prove itself relevant

LOS ANGELES That new 225 million-per-year television contract may be gilding the pockets of the Pac-12 schools, but there is one thing it won't be able to buy for the conference's basketball teams: relevance. The conference has added Colorado and Utah, but Derrick Williams, and guess which will be a bigger factor as the Pac-12 tries to regain a foothold among college basketball...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 02, 2011  |  Discuss

Pac-12 basketball must prove itself relevant

LOS ANGELES That new 225 million-per-year television contract may be gilding the pockets of the Pac-12 schools, but there is one thing it won't be able to buy for the conference's basketball teams: relevance. The conference has added Colorado and Utah, but Derrick Williams, and guess which will be a bigger factor as the Pac-12 tries to regain a foothold among college basketball...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 02, 2011  |  Discuss

Pac-12 basketball must prove itself relevant

LOS ANGELES That new 225 million-per-year television contract may be gilding the pockets of the Pac-12 schools, but there is one thing it won't be able to buy for the conference's basketball teams: relevance. The conference has added Colorado and Utah, but Derrick Williams, and guess which will be a bigger factor as the Pac-12 tries to regain a foothold among college basketball...
Via Fox Sports West
October 31, 2011  |  Discuss

16th Ranked Arizona Stunned By Division II Seattle Pacific

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw on Twitter that Arizona‘s exhibition game was being televised Thursday evening.  Imagine my shocked reaction when I watched the Wildcats lose to Division II Seattle Pacific, 69-68.  Welcome to the 2011-2012 college basketball season! The sky isn’t falling though.  It happens every preseason.  Two years ago, Syracuse was stunned in...
Via The Sports Bank
October 27, 2011  |  Discuss

Arizona ready to move on minus Williams (AP)

Arizona lost star forward Derrick Williams and point guard Lamont Jones from last season. A talented group of freshman may help the Wildcats keep winning without them. Led by a solid core of experienced players and another superb recruiting class by coach Sean Miller, Arizona is looking to make another deep run in the playoffs despite losing two starters from a year ago.
Via Rivals.com
October 26, 2011  |  Discuss
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