One of the wildcards among the newcomers for Arizona is forward Jesse Perry, as it is difficult to know what to expect.
Lute Olson did not take junior college players, but Sean Miller believes Perry will be able to contribute as soon as he steps on the court.
"Jesse Perry is more of a versatile, face-up forward," Miller said. "He's more 6-foot-7 than he is 6-foot-8. He can really put the ball on the floor and get to the basket, driving it. He's better driving the ball than he would be posting up."
One of Perry's strengths is the fact that he never gives up and tends to give it his all throughout his court time.
"He's not a very heavy guy, but I think he has a relentlessness to him, a quickness to him that really allows him to come in and push Jamelle every day," Miller said. "We may be able to play those two guys together, maybe some, but we have a guy we didn't necessarily have a year ago, where we don't have someone coming from another position on the court to play that position. We have someone who is hungry and eager to play more."
In addition, Perry brings experience despite the fact that this will be the highest level he has ever played at.
"Jesse is older," Miller said. "He's not from high school. With five freshmen becoming sophomores, adding someone who's already a junior makes a lot of sense. His last two years in junior college he played in a lot of games in a very good environment. He played in a league that's a terrific junior college league."
Miller sees similarities between Horne and Perry, as well as a few key differences.
"You can see that he competes and he battles, and I think he's going to contribute for us," Miller said. "He's similar to Jamelle in certain ways. Jesse can offensive rebound, I think he can put the ball on the floor easier than Jamelle driving it.
"He's a capable shooter, maybe not as advanced right now as Jamelle is. Someone who can catch, pass, shoot. He's a basketball player and is not afraid to stick his nose in there and mix it up, which is a quality that we need."
Perry looking to contribute
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