Hoop Notes: Prince sits, career highs

Wildcat freshman J.P. Prince was the lone Wildcat not to play in Saturday's game against Oregon State. The point guard was apparently tardy to a pregame appointment, causing Lute Olson to keep him out of the contest.

According to Olson, Prince was late for a pregame taping session and was held out of action. Olson would not elaborate on when Prince would be reinstated, but most players who commit a similar violation are back for the next game.

The only reason this situation raises any eyebrows is that Prince was reported to have been suspended for Thursday's game by at least one Tucson media outlet. Prince entered that game within the first 6:00 and played 17 minutes.

Sources close to the situation confirmed that Prince was suspended for tardiness but would not or could not comment on a connection to the report on Thursday.

There had been some rumblings that Prince may not be entirely thrilled with his playing time and the distance from his home in Memphis. Prince has played in 22 games this season, averaging a hair under 15 minutes a game.

One person close to Prince noted that "all freshmen want to play 30 minutes a game", but that Prince has not once mentioned any unhappiness and that they were not worried about the situation.

Prince has averaged 2.8 points per game this season.


It was a day for career highs. Ivan Radenovic scored 26 points, Marcus Williams had four steals and Hassan Adams dished out nine assists. In addition Fendi Onobun pulled down six rebounds and Daniel Dillon scored nine points.

Wildcat big men have posted career highs in scoring in each of the last three games. Kirk Walters had a career high 14 points against UCLA and then eclipsed that mark when he scored 18 against Oregon.


Freshman Marcus Williams played extended minutes at point guard on Saturday. He has played all five positions for the Wildcats this season, starting at both forward spots.


The Wildcats have been up and down all season, but have been steady at home. The Wildcats are now 10-1 at the McKale Center, their lone loss coming against UCLA.

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