Fogg already improving

Entering this season, everybody that followed Arizona basketball last year has a pretty good idea of what each returning player will bring this upcoming season. However, there is room for improvement and Kyle Fogg is one player that is looking to do so.

"Kyle, in an unassuming way, was a double-figure scorer in the Pac-10 as a sophomore and there aren't a lot of those types of players," Sean Miller said. "His improvement really needs to be made on defense, and he knows that."

Fogg has already made strides on offense, especially when he has the ball in his hands and is attacking.

"Offensively he's much better off the dribble than he used to be and he continues to develop," Miller said.

In addition, Fogg seems to be in better physical shape than he was last season.

"When you look at him you see physically that he's much heavier than he used to be," Miller said. "As all of our players are, in a good way, and if they're not heavier, they're lighter on purpose."

Fogg has the chance to be one of the better guards in the Pac-10 if he is able to dedicate himself on the defensive side of the ball.

"Kyle defensively has to meet his position and guard the players on our schedule who can really use screens and go off the dribble," Miller said. "Again, like so many factors we talk about, him being an improved defender is vital for our team's success.

"He's going to be one of the better players, better guards in the Pac-10 this year. He's played a lot of basketball in his two years. There are times last year, at UCLA for example, where he might have been the best player on the court. That experience is something he'll really use to his advantage as a junior."

The season has not started yet, but Fogg may actually already be better than he was last season.

"Basketball is a very physical sport when you talk about screening and defending for 40 minutes, and Kyle becoming bigger and stronger is something, whether he knew he was doing it or not is something that is a necessary ingredient for him to be better," Miller said.

"Eight to 10 pounds heavier in the right way is going to serve him well. I've already noticed, watching him in our team workouts, that he's much further advanced than he was last year."

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