Book Richardson happy for Archie Miller

Book Richardson spoke to about Archie Miller landing the head coaching job at Dayton.

On Sunday, Dayton hired UA's associate head coach, Archie Miller, to be its next men's basketball coach.

A huge part of the Arizona program since his brother Sean Miller's arrival in Tucson, Archie will be missed. However, UA assistant Book Richardson took the news as nothing but good news.

"I'm extremely excited," Richardson said. "I think Dayton made a great hire and got one of the best coaches in the country. He'll be able to take that program to a tremendous place.

"It's a huge loss for us but the show must go on. We just need to make sure the next hire was as good as the last one we made."

Richardson looks at Archie's hiring as just another award from the Wildcats' successful 2010-11 season.

"I think the biggest thing is we're all a team, and had we not won 30 games, he wouldn't have the opportunity to get the job," Richardson said. "It shows what we're doing as a team, and when you have a great team performance, the individuals all get the accolades they deserve."

Currently in Houston for the Final Four, it's a good guess that Richardson has heard from several coaches interested in replacing Archie, which he says is a statement about the UA basketball program.

"I think it speaks volumes about the University of Arizona," he said. "The University of Arizona speaks for itself, what it's accomplished over the past few decades. This a tremendous platform for coaches that want to come here."

Finding a coach to come in and replace Archie won't be easy, but with all the people that are interested in the job, Book has no doubt that the Wildcats will find a suitable replacement.

"I feel we're going to bring in somebody just as talented as Arch and have an opportunity to keep the momentum rolling in terms of getting guys better, graduating guys and recruiting," Richardson said. "I figure we'll have a pretty good shot of getting someone who is high level that will help us continue to contend in college basketball."

Monday will be an exciting day for Richardson, who will be in attendance to watch his former point guard with the New York Gauchos AAU program, Kemba Walker, compete for a national championship.

"Watching former players in the Elite Eight games, then the Final Four games, and now having a former player in the national championship game," Richardson said, "It's a testament to the people you're around and a testament to how hard the guys I had have worked.

"When people talk about that team or New York basketball in the NCAA tournament, I mean Kemba Walker, Doron Lamb, Kevin Parrom, MoMo Jones, Erving Walker, Darryl Bryant, Shane Southwell, Jordan Henriquez, Curtis Kelly, I'm looking at all those guys, and the majority of them played for the Gauchos.

"To watch them play has been tremendous. Hopefully Kemba can get a national championship."

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