Hemmila preparing for college

Zach Hemmila has been down to Arizona in order to see what his future is like. Read on for his thoughts on practice, what he has been doing, and more.

June 4th will be the day to remember for Chandler High School guard Zach Hemmila. It will be the first day that the incoming freshman officially spends as an Arizona Wildcat.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive guard is excited about campus and to be a Wildcat. Hemmila committed to the previous coaching staff in June of 2011 and decided to keep his commitment solid when Rich Rodriguez and company were hired to replace Mike Stoops and his staff.

Since signing his letter of intent to play in Tucson next fall, Hemmila has been taking time off to get ready for his college career. The time off mostly involves visiting family, but he still finds time to work out.

"I've just been getting some vacation time in and lifting weights before I go to college," Hemmila said. "I don't have a lot of time after I graduate."

The guard isn't taking time off just to relax. He has been visiting family and taking in as much advice as possible from relatives before arriving on campus.

"I've been to California a couple times and trying to spend extra time with my parents," said Hemmila, who was also visiting family in Tucson earlier this week. "I'm just trying to get some extra vacation time in before I commit the next four or five years at the university."

Hemmila still has plenty to work on when he isn't visiting family. When he's not at school or on vacation, he tries to work out as much as possible.

"I've spoken with Coach Anae," he said. "They want me to get my speed up because of how fast they run the ball."

Hemmila also came down to Tucson for one of the early practices this spring and came away impressed.

"It was one of the first days," he said. "I knew the first days were going to be rough, but they did really well."

One thing that won't be an issue for the new Wildcat is making friends, as he will be roommates with Beau Boyster this fall and the two have already spoken few times.

"I was down there for the spring game," Hemmila said. "I'm met up with Beau and we definitely hung out a lot."

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