The Arizona coaches were on the road on Friday. Read on to see who they watched, what became more clear, and more.
coaching staff was on the road on Friday night, with Sean Miller
and Joe Pasternack
at EYBL in Minnesota and James Whitford
in Las Vegas. Here are some notes on who the coaches were watching and the types of performances they saw.
Joe Pasternack watched 2013 forward Paul White in action with Mean Streets. White went for 15 points and six rebounds on 7-8 shooting in 20 minutes of action. White was actually the leading scorer for the game, as Mean Streets defeats Wisconsin Playground Soldiers 63-51.
Pasternack also watched the Oakland Soldiers, who won due to a Jabari Bird layup with 2.6 seconds left. Bird finished with 18 points on 9-14 shooting, but Aaron Gordon led the game with 20 points on 9-14 shooting in addition to eight rebounds, as the Soldiers defeated BABC 59-58.
2014 prospect Shaqquan Aaron failed to score in three minutes of action, while Stanley Johnson scored nine points, seven of which came from the free-throw line.
While Pasternack watched the Oakland Soldiers, Sean Miller was front and center for the Houston Hoops, which features numerous Arizona prospects.
The Hoops defeated the Saint Louis Eagles 70-51 with Arizona prospect Justise Winslow leading the way with 15 points and eight rebounds on 6-10 shooting. Keith Frazier added 11 points on 4-9 shooting and 2013 forward Brian Bridgewater added 11 of his own.
Miller started off his day watching 2014 center Jahlil Okafor, who helped his Mac Irvin Fire squad to defeat the Bluff City Legends 73-67.
Okafor finished with nine points and four rebounds in 17 minutes and 4-6 shooting from the field.
James Whitford watched 2015 targets Sedrick Barefield, Nick Pete, and Cameron Walker. In addition, he watched 2013 Arizona commit Eric Cooper, Jr. and ended his night by watching 2015 prospect Tyler Dorsey and 2014 guard Chris Sandifer.
We have said numerous times that we would know a lot more about priorities when the spring evaluation period was over, but it seems it did not even take that long.
The Oakland Soldiers and Houston Hoops played at the same time, but Miller chose to watch Hoops, which shows just how much the Wildcats want Frazier and Bridgewater. By comparison, Miller missing an Oakland Soldier game last year would have been a major deal and while he will likely make it up this spring, the priorities for Arizona and the confidence became a bit more clear.
Aaron Gordon named a top four to Scout.com that did not include Arizona and thus some panic among Arizona fans set in. Later, Stanley Johnson tweeted on the behalf of Gordon and said that it was a simple mistake. While that may be true, we have long maintained that Arizona would have to come from behind to land Gordon and it certainly will not be easy.