Lineup breakdown: Part I

With the season only weeks away, there remains plenty of options for Arizona's starting lineup. Read on to see the first set of options that Arizona could go with.

The 2011-12 season for the Arizona Wildcats, who lost their leading scorer from the past two seasons and the number two draft pick in the NBA Draft in Derrick Williams, will be an interesting one.

The task at hand for Arizona is finding a player who will be able to take on the scoring load or seeing if the other players are capable of stepping up. There does not seem to be a dominating force on the team, which means head coach Sean Miller will have his work cut out for him to have a balanced attack.

Talent is not lacking on the Wildcats' roster this season and starting off the game is an important aspect to a team's success. Williams' departure and Lamont Jones transferring in the offseason means that Arizona definitely has some question marks.

WildcatAuthority.com looks at several different options the Arizona Wildcats have at the starting five.

Starting Line Up #1

Josiah Turner

Kyle Fogg

Solomon Hill

Jesse Perry

Kyryl Natyazhko

While the starting point guard position is up for grabs and Jordin Mayes is returning for his sophomore season, all signs point to Josiah Turner taking over the reins of Miller's offense. The talented freshman is the type of player that Miller has yet to have at Arizona and all accounts say that he has been a bright spot in pick-up games and in work outs.

Kyle Fogg has essentially been a starter his entire career at Arizona and he will work his tail off to make sure that his spot remains intact during his senior season. Hill may have as much pressure as anyone going into the season as he seems the most likely to lead the team in scoring.

Jesse Perry definitely came on at the end of last season and was that gritty player that Miller loves to have at the power forward position. Center may be the biggest question going forward, as Natyazhko has the most years under his belt but has yet to really show that he can be consistently productive.



Starting Line Up #2

Josiah Turner

Kyle Fogg

Kevin Parrom

Solomon Hill

Jesse Perry

There are two changes with this lineup, but also two very big questions as well. Kevin Parrom could be poised for a starting position even though he brings Arizona a very good presence immediately off of the bench. The bench is as important a part of the team as anything and Parrom brings consistency to that position.

Also, there is a matter of his health. Parrom is still recovering from a gunshot wound and it is still not clear as to his status for the upcoming season. If he misses a few games, perhaps he can still work himself into the starting lineup if Arizona needs him to. His status is uncertain and there is even a possibility that he misses no games at all.

Perry at center means that Arizona goes small and that may not be the perfect scenario for Miller and company, but you can bet that the head coach is going to put out the best five players that will help them win. Perry and Hill going up against some of the other big men in the conference could be a daunting task.



Starting Line Up #3

Josiah Turner

Kyle Fogg

Solomon Hill

Jesse Perry

Sidiki Johnson

While not extremely big, this is still a very intriguing lineup on paper. Mixing the veterans in with two freshmen at very important positions could be a formula that Miller uses, if not at the beginning, then at some point during the season.

We maintain that Turner may be tough to beat at the point guard position and should be the Wildcats' best playmaker as a freshman. Fogg, Hill and Perry will probably be a given but then you throw in Sidiki Johnson to be the anchor in the middle.

According to reports, Johnson has definitely had a good impression on the coaching staff and though he is only 6-foot-8, his wingspan and 240-pound body should be able to handle other big men inside. Rebounding will be important and while Perry is a good rebounder, Arizona has not seen a player that can grab boards as well as Johnson can in quite some time.



Starting Line Up #4

Jordin Mayes

Kyle Fogg

Solomon Hill

Jesse Perry

Kyryl Natyazhko

There is always a possibility that Josiah Turner is not ready to take over quite yet and Miller instead wants to put Jordin Mayes in to control the offense. Last season, the offense was much more fluid and productive when Mayes was in the game and playing the point guard position.

Another year under his belt can only help Mayes, who also shot 44 percent from three point range last season. Put him in the same backcourt as Fogg. who actually led the team last season in helpers with 2.6 assists per game and you have a solid backcourt.

If Mayes can continue to progress and put his whole game together he will definitely be one of the most underrated players to play at Arizona.


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