Player Grades: Arizona vs. Gonzaga

Arizona played poorly in a loss to Gonzaga on Saturday. Read on to see how WildcatAuthority.com grades Arizona's individual performances.

Kyle Fogg: Fogg got a lot of criticism, but he held Kevin Pangos to 1-9 shooting and finished 6-11 from the field with 14 points while only turning the ball over once. Fogg has been inconsistent offensively and struggled in the first half, but he stepped up when Arizona was making its run. There is a reason why Fogg played 34 minutes and it is because he simply deserved to do so.

Grade: B



Nick Johnson: Besides Fogg, Johnson is the only other player that you can make an argument for having a good game, He finished with six assists to one turnover and was 5-10 from the field. Johnson still presses the action too much at times, but he is arguably Arizona's most consistent performer when he is playing off the ball. Johnson may need to step up even more, especially on the glass, as the other guards have not rebounded well enough.

Grade: B



Jordin Mayes: Mayes hit his shots, which is something only a handful of other players on Arizona were able to do. He still is not contributing in other areas, but the fact is that is not his game. Mayes is purely a shooter at this point and his 4-6 from the field in 17 minutes is a worthy contribution. Mayes should not be starting at point guard, but he has bounced back decently in his last two games.

Grade: C +



Kyryl Natyazhko: Natyazhko did not have what we would consider a good game, but in the overall context of his season, he definitely deserves credit. Natyazhko still struggles defensively, but he led Arizona in rebounds in only 20 minutes in a game in which the Wildcats struggled on the glass in a major way. In all honestly, it is likely a bad sign that Natyazhko earned this grade, but that does not mean he does not deserve it.

Grade: C



Jesse Perry: There is no excuse for Perry to have more fouls than rebounds, but we have to look at the fact that he really does not have much help inside. Perry can't do it all by himself, but the effort needs to be better and we don't feel comfortable saying that full effort was present against Gonzaga. Perry has been Arizona's most consistent and best rebounder, so we will chalk it up to a bad game more than anything.

<Grade: C-



Solomon Hill: Arizona needed Hill to step up in a big way and he failed to do so, shooting 1-7 from the field and only scoring six points. The grade would have been lower, but Hill contributed in other areas with six rebounds and three assists. It is a shame that Perry and Hill struggled against a strong Gonzaga team, but in similar fashion their previous performances are worth moving on from it.

Grade: C-



Josiah Turner: A point guard's job is to run the offense and find the open teammate and Turner struggled to do both against Gonzaga. He finished without an assist, which was helped by the fact the rest of the team shot so poorly. Turner is still learning how his teammates play and deserves to be criticized until he does so. While we believe Turner will get better and deserves patience, there is no denying he is struggling.

Grade: D


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