A closer look: Possible Arizona starters

Arizona will have plenty of options for starters. Read on to see what one writer believes the direction Sean Miller will look in.

Sean Miller is losing numerous talented players to the NBA Draft this month.

Stanley Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, T.J. McConnell and Brandon Ashley were all key components to Arizona's back-to-back Elite Eight runs and questions have already started circulating concerning how Miller plans to use a young team to compete at a high level all year.

Arizona's identity will likely be much different. There is no veteran leadership at the point guard position, but you can also make an argument that Arizona will have more scoring options than it has had in recent memory.

With that being said, here is a look at possible starters for the upcoming season.

PG: Parker Jackson Cartwright: A smart lead guard that displays a lot of poise in high pressure moments. A trait that cannot be coached, but is priceless to have, places Jackson-Cartwright in a great position to start at point guard next season. The 5-foot-10 guard can create for himself and others all while keeping his turnovers to a minimum.

SG: Gabe York/Allonzo Trier: Gabe York, along with Kaleb Tarczewski, is Miller's seasoned veteran. Coming into his senior season, the Southern California native has made impressive strides defensively and he continues to make threes at an impressive clip.

On the other hand, incoming freshman Allonzo Trier is a high-octane shooting guard that can score in bunches. Trier's ability to score from multiple spots on the floor provides a boost to a stagnant offense. Also, York does fill that sixth man role very well.

SF: Ray Smith: Although he is coming off an ACL injury he suffered last July, Smith's recovery has gone great and he will be ready to suit up for Arizona next year. Smith's high-flying, above the rim style of basketball will bring some highlight finishes to McKale. Smith has improved tremendously on the perimeter and can find his way to the rim at an impressive clip.

PF: Ryan Anderson: Obvious selection here. Anderson at the starting four makes the most sense. He can score in a variety of ways and it will be interesting to see how his success carries over to a team with much more talent.

C: Kaleb Tarczewski: Another no-brainer here. Tarczewski returned for his final season to become the winningest player in Arizona history and help Arizona capture its second national championship.

His junior season was lackluster, but a big senior season is not out of reach for the 7-foot Tarczewski. It would not be a surprise if he finds more success due to Arizona having more outside shooting threats.


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