The Cats seemed to have it all: a true point guard running the show, athleticism abound, multiple knockdown shooters and, above all, NBA size in the frontcourt.
A few months later, with the losses of Grant Jerrett and Angelo Chol, shooting and size had become a question mark.
It initially looked like the Cats would have to rely on the inside combination of Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski, along with the perimeter trio of Nick Johnson, T.J. McConnell and Jordin Mayes for perimeter shooting.
Most schools would kill to have these "problems," but it was still a concern for a program looking to compete for national titles.
Enter Zach Peters.
Although it's unfair to expect Peters to make up for the loss of two talented players, he does have the skill set that indicates he can help out down low and from the perimeter. That possibility hasn't escaped Peters' notice.
"I loved how Arizona recruited me, but I saw the opportunity there and they let me know they thought my shooting and bulk could really add some depth to an already good team," Peters said.
Peters came to Arizona first, and foremost, to carve out his own legacy.
"I really believe I can be a difference maker here," he said. "A lot of people talk to me about going out there and trying to replace some of the production of other guys, but my whole thing is I think I can do a little bit of everything."
Arizona may have added a big man, but he adds much more than his size.
"I'm a big guy and I can shoot the ball pretty well," Peters said. "I know I can play with anyone because I held my own at Kansas last season. I'm just excited to be a Wildcat and get out there and help my new team in anyway possible."