Simon talks AAU, Wildcats

Miles Simon is known for his career at Arizona, but he has had continued success. Read on for his impressions of Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Arizona, and more.

Former Arizona guard Miles Simon has been through just about everything. He was a key player on a National Champion Arizona team, picking up the Final Four MOP award in the process. Simon also played briefly in the NBA and overseas before becoming a coach and an analyst.

Currently, he coaches the Cal Supreme AAU team. Over the summer, his team played well, led by Arizona recruit Parker Jackson-Cartwright.

Coaching prospective college players is something that Simon enjoys, but he tries to stay out of their recruitment process unless they come to him for advice.

"Honestly, I don't talk to them about (recruiting) that much," he said. "I try to let them make their own decisions. If they have questions for me, then I'll answer them. Other than that, I don't try to influence these kids. I just try to coach them to the best of my ability."

Simon does have some experience working with college players and knows what is going to be expected out of some of his players once they get to the next level. His job is to make sure that they know what they're doing right and wrong on the basketball court.

"I just give them honest evaluations of when they're making mistakes or when they're doing really well," Simon said. "We just have to make those adjustments."

Being a commentator for ESPN, Simon keeps track of how many teams are preparing for the upcoming season, including his alma mater.

"Arizona has some great players right now," Simon said. "Sean Miller has done a great job recruiting, bringing in top classes. With the young, big guys, now he has some size to work with down low. With Nick Johnson, Kevin Parrom, and Solomon Hill coming back, they have a great nucleus to work around."

When Sean Miller was hired at Arizona, some of Simon's colleagues predicted that there would be about a five year period for the Wildcats to get back to prominence. Heading into year four, Simon thinks that Miller is doing just fine.

"It's unbelievable," Simon said. "They should be top 15 preseason with a chance to win the Pac-12. If everything falls into place, they should be able to make a deep run in the tournament."


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