Outlook: Justin Simon

Justin Simon has arrived on campus. Read on to see what the expectations surrounding him are and more.

Arizona is going to look quite different next season and one player that is going to be fighting for minutes is freshman Justin Simon.

The coaching staff is high on returning sophomore Parker Jackson-Cartwright, but Simon will have a chance to compete for the position from day one.

Simon stands at 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan that allows him to fluster opposing guards and forwards and is good enough to be effective on defense almost right away.

The real question with Simon will be on offense, where his outside shot leaves something to be desired. It is not his strength, but playing with reliable outside shooters should shift the focus to Simon's passing ability.

It is unclear if Simon will come in his first season and start at point guard because of the poise that Jackson-Cartwright has, but Simon at least wants to make things interesting.

Regardless if Simon comes off the bench or starts, the best case scenario is that he will have a featured role with this team in the sense that we would see the freshman guard lead the second unit while getting starter minutes, similar to Hollis-Jefferson's freshman season.

The worst-case scenario is that Simon is not ready offensively and struggles to pick up the pack line defense, which is a difficult concept for any freshman.

Like the majority of freshmen, we simply don't know what Simon will bring to the Wildcats this season and probably won't for a while.

We're confident in saying he has a bright future at Arizona, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will happen right away and there's nothing wrong with that.

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