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Parker Jackson-Cartwright has been inconsistent throughout his career at Arizona, but feels that he has reached a point where he is much different than when he first stepped on campus a few years ago.
“I’m way different,” Jackson-Cartwright said. “My maturity is showing early in practices and skill workouts. I am different in how I carry myself on and off the court, so I am really ready to take another step.
“I have been around, so I know how to do things. Just being tough and leading by example, showing guys how we do things.”
Four-star point guard Kobi Simmons has gotten a lot of love from fans and Jackson-Cartwright is aware that there is pressure to perform, though he is not actively concerned about it.
“I don’t worry about that stuff,” he said. “I know I am here for a reason. I know what I’ve done and I know what I’ve improved.”
Jackson-Cartwright’s job is made easier by the fact that this is a unique roster for Arizona.
“There’s a lot of versatility throughout the roster and guys that can do a lot of things,” he said. “Even from our center down to a guy like Kobi that can play three positions, it is going to be special.
“There are going to be a lot of lineups that I think the fans are going to be ex cited to see.”
However, Jackson-Cartwright is a player that has had only had to focus on one position.
“Point guard is definitely a hard position, but I have to own that position and I have really worked on doing that and being the best point guard I can be for the team,” he said.
Hopefully for Jackson-Cartwright, that includes helping the Wildcats get out in transition.
“We have guys that can stretch the position at the four and five and five guys that can push off a rebound,” he said. “I think we are going to run more and we obviously want to get out in transition.”