Simon's commitment solidifies future

Justin Simon's commitment helps solidify the point guard position for 2015. Read on to see why that is and much more.

Arizona's roster is going to have quite a bit of movement after next season and that is probably putting it mildly.

Figuring everything goes as planned and Arizona has a successful season, you are likely to see T.J. McConnell, Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and probably Stanley Johnson move on.

That means that Arizona is going to be introducing what could be an entire new starting lineup.

It's no secret by now that the player Sean Miller usually takes the most interest in is his point guard. After all, much of what Arizona does on both sides of the ball revolves around that position and of course Miller was a point guard himself.

On Tuesday, the Wildcats picked up a commitment from Temecula (Calif.) Valley point guard Justin Simon and basically solidified at least one position following the likely mass exodus.

Arizona will be able to have a solid competition between Simon and Parker Jackson-Cartwright and the player that starts at the point between the two will have earned it. The player that does not win the starting job is still likely going to be able to provide quality minutes.

What kind of player is Arizona getting with Simon?

First off, he is a 6-foot-6 point guard with extremely good length who plays hard, sees the court well, has some of the best body control in the country, and a solid handle.

The reason why he is likely to play early, whether or not it is as a starter, is because it is no secret that Miller likes players that can defend. You can make a legitimate argument that there are not many point guards in the west, if any, that defend like Simon does.

What makes him special defensively is not just his lateral quickness, but the fact that his size and 6-foot-11 wingspan allows him to guard three positions effectively.

As for the overall position, Arizona can now be a little more picky with its point guard recruiting for 2016.

That's not to say that the coaching staff is going to stop pursuing Derryck Thornton Jr. or other elite point guards in the class. However, it helps the coaching staff avoid a situation where it is struggling in the spring like so many other schools do.

The future is bright at the point guard position for a school that has helped build its reputation for churning out good ones and the benefits will be seen both on and off the court.


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