Player Grades: Valparaiso

WildcatAuthority.com was in attendance for Arizona's win on Monday. Read on for its grades for each Arizona player.

The Arizona Wildcats opened the season with a 73-64 win over the Valparaiso Crusaders in McKale Center, Monday night. Arizona used a balance attack to pull away in the second half and will next face Duquesne on Wednesday night.

Here are WildcatAuthority.com's player grades for Arizona vs. Valparaiso:

Kyle Fogg: If Fogg can play like this all season, Arizona is in good shape. One question about this season will be if Fogg can still take the shots that helped the Wildcats for the past three seasons. He will have to be a bit more aggressive without forcing it and he did that on Monday night. The senior was 5 of 7 for 16 points and looked very confident. Good start for the senior.

Grade: A

Nick Johnson: It has been evident, even from coach Miller, that keeping Johnson on the court is a must. Johnson opened his career up at Arizona with a 2 for 4, 14 point performance where he went 8 of 9 from the free throw line. Add on six assists and it was a great debut for the freshman. He will only continue to grow and get even more comfortable.

Grade: A

Jesse Perry: The bruiser inside picked up where he left off last season and it proved very beneficial in a tight first half for Arizona. Perry willed in a lot of shots in the first half and finished with 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting and was the enforcer on the boards, grabbing ten on his way to his first double-double of the season.

Grade: A

Jordin Mayes: Mayes was able to come in the game and make some open shots and really get Arizona going in the second half. After not scoring in the first half, Mayes hit two three-pointers and went 3 of 7 to finish with eight points on the night. No assists but he ran the offense to a point where he would get open looks and it was big for Arizona.

Grade: B+

Angelo Chol: Miller said that he knew that Chol would be best at the five position this season and you could see why Monday night. Chol was very good in his debut in Tucson and looked very comfortable at center. He showed some strides on defense as the game got better and even showed a good, lefty stroke. Chol finished with six points on 3 of 5 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.

Grade: B+

Josiah Turner: He has a lot of hype, there is no doubt about it. But fans must understand that he is in a tough Miller system and is still getting used to it. One thing that he had to do was be more aggressive and Turner did that but did not finish as well as he needed to. Turner was 1 of 6 for seven points in the game and only had one assist. He put players in good positions to score and that must be noticed. Putting everything together will still take a little bit of time.

Grade: B-

Solomon Hill: Something that many were going to watch for is how Hill approached the offense seeing that he was the likely candidate to lead the team in scoring this season. Hill had a few turnovers early and it did not get much better for him during the game. Miller still is depending on him and he scored eight points on 2 of 6 shooting and was perfect from the line, going 4 of 4. Hill also had four rebounds and three assists.

Grade: C-

Kyryl Natyazhko: Not the start that the junior wanted to have to the season and it was definitely riddled with fouls and some poor play. Natyazhko had a tough time against the big men of Valparaiso and in 15 minutes of play he had three rebounds, one block and no points. Arizona will need more from him, especially if Sidiki Johnson cannot make the adjustment fast enough.

Grade: D+


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