Coach has faith in Korcheck

Numerous people do not know much about Arizona's latest commitment. Read on to see what his head coach says about him, how he will do at Arizona, and more.

Cochise County College men's basketball coach Jerry Carrillo has been one of the most successful basketball coaches in the junior college ranks over the past 15 years. He has won numerous coaching honors and put many players into Division 1 programs.

Sophomore power forward/center Matt Korcheck is now one of those players.

"It's really a dream come true for Matt," Carrillo said. "He lived in Tucson from 7th to 12th grade and obviously Arizona basketball is a huge deal there. I was fortunate enough to get him out of Sabino and really enjoyed coaching him. He was tremendous last year.

"We were very successful as a team and he was a main reason why. He's a skilled kid who works hard and is a good teammate."

Korcheck plans on redshirting next year and Carrillo believes that is a wise idea.

"Matt improved tremendously in his time here," Carrillo said. "He wants that redshirt year to continue to get stronger and acclimate to major college basketball. The extra year should really benefit him and that's why it was a big sticking point with him."

Carrillo believes Korcheck has all the necessary skills to succeed at the Division 1 level.

"I think he'll acclimate well," Carrillo said. "He runs the court very well and is getting significantly stronger. I think people will be surprised how well he will do under the basket.

"You've got to remember at the junior college level it was difficult for him sometimes because he was matched up against guys significantly smaller than him, so he would get ticky tack over-the-back fouls where he shouldn't have."

The Arizona coaching staff has made a strong impression on Korcheck and Carrillo.

"Sean is a great coach," Carrillo said. "He did a solid job recruiting Matt. What really stands out to me about Miller is the individual skill development that takes place at Arizona. Kids come in and get better and that was a big factor in Matt's decision."

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