Jamelle Horne will enter this season as the lone senior and, like most players in his position, will be looked at by many to be a leader.
With that being said, Arizona head coach Sean Miller feels the issue of being a leader is something that can't be forced.
"Leaders come from within," Miller said.. "We can't say `Jamelle, you're our leader' the team has to say that. And so looking at Jamelle as an individual and I can only look at what's gone on since the end of last year."
While Horne may be hesitant to be considered the leader of the team, Miller says he can't complain because he has done everything that has been asked of him.
"We had several important talks in the spring, making sure we were on the same page as a coach, staff, and Jamelle moving forward," Miller said. "We asked Jamelle to do a number of different things, and he's done everything. He's really in a good place to graduate this spring, at one point, he really wasn't and he's a smart kid, so that's great that he's gotten that. And that took a lot of work.
"He was here in Tucson all summer. He never went home, unless it was a long weekend or a break. Went to the Pre Session, Summer I, Summer II. The long days of summer in Tucson, he was here the entire time."
In addition to improving on the court, Horne has been working on improving in terms of strength and conditioning as well.
"A year ago he was 208 pounds, and now he's above 220," Miller said. "He's one of the guys we are talking about being bigger and stronger."
Miller says that he has seen Horne take on the challenge of finishing his career at Arizona with his best season yet.
"Just in terms of his mindset, I think what he wants out of this is to have the best year at Arizona that he's had in his senior year," he said. "He won't be the first player that the light goes off in a positive way in the last year, and I really believe that. For him to be better than he ever has before is one of many factors that will play into our team's success.
"He is the only senior, he's the player that's been here the longest, he's played the most minutes, and to have him be consistent, be better, that would be a great shot in the arm for our team. Jamelle in a sense has earned it, and he has to keep doing it, and that's what is going to allow him to be a leader. His teammates really seeing him do things the right way, day in and day out, and he's really done that the past four or five months."
Horne looking to finish strong
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