With the departures of Derrick Williams to the NBA and Lamont Jones to Iona, the Arizona Wildcats go into the 2011-12 season minus their two leading scorers from a season ago. Add the uncertain status of forward Kevin Parrom heading into the season to the list of questions going into the upcoming campaign and UA is going to require certain players to elevate their games.
A junior that many are expecting to step up to the plate is forward Solomon Hill. One of the more experienced players on the roster, Hill knows that he has the responsibility of making a bigger impact as an upperclassman.
"I think it is important to do a lot more than I did last year," Hill said. "Especially with the absence of Momo and Derrick. Those guys got a lot of shots up and really did a lot for the team. I think it's an opportunity for myself, for Jesse and for (Kyle) Fogg to really take up a leader role and I look forward to it."
The Wildcats have a core of freshmen that are expected to contribute immediately. The learning curve for a true freshman can be unpredictable in the world of college basketball, so does Hill believe all four will make an impact right away?
"Definitely," Hill said. "Right off the bat. The way Josiah plays, he is a great guard. He makes everyone on the team better. Nick is going to play because he can play defense. He reminds me of Fogg. He is a younger version of Fogg. Sidiki is a big body. You can't really move him in the post. Angelo will be up and down the floor like nobody. He rebounds the ball great. I think those guys are going to stick out this year."
Despite the absence of both Williams and Jones combined with the uncertainty surrounding Parrom, UA returns its fair share of impact players. Hill believes that the Wildcats are the team to beat.
"The leading scorers in the Pac-12 are gone," Hill said. "Nobody returns as many players as we do so I have to give it to us."
Aside from his own squad, Hill sees some competition from a couple of familiar programs.
"I like UCLA and I like Washington." Hill said.
Hill understands the process it takes to be successful under head coach Sean Miller. The junior believes his squad can be very successful as long as he and his teammates do not get ahead of themselves.
"I think we just take it day by day," Hill said. "Especially those guys just coming into this situation. I'm not looking in the future. I'm not predicting any record. I am just going day by day; try and make sure everyone is on the same page. Everybody has one goal in mind. Going hard in practice will take care of the rest."
Hill working with increased role
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