Arizona may have had some defensive struggles on Saturday, but one player’s struggles on offense particularly stuck out.
Kaleb Tarczewski had difficulty hanging on to the ball around the rim and Arizona State consistently took advantage.
“Where his struggles are right now are on offense, catching the ball, finishing, having confidence and I think he’s lost some confidence,” Sean Miller said.
“I believe he can get his confidence back and it’s up to us as a coaching staff to help him get that confidence back.”
The issues seem to be mainly on offense, as Miller is still complimentary of the intangibles he brings.
“I would say that some of what Kaleb brings to the table in terms of his overall value you don’t really see on the stat sheet,” Miller said.
“He’s where he’s supposed to be, he’s physical, he’s hard-working, he’s hard-playing, he’s very determined on defense and that impacts a lot for our team.”
Still, it is no secret that Tarczewski has also had some difficult becoming a consistent rebounder.
“His rebounding numbers are down,” Miller said. “Some of that is simply Stanley (Johnson) and Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson) compete for defensive rebounds, and you throw Brandon in there.
“That’s probably the single best thing we do is our defensive rebounding, one of the best in the nation. Kaleb is blocking out. I’d like for him to get more rebounds, but that is going on.”