Who will be the fifth starter?

It seems like the most asked question regarding Arizona Basketball that doesn't have to do with Lute Olson is who will be the fifth starter this season. It's a good question, but doesn't have many possible answers.

First, we can assume that Nic Wise, Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill and Jeff Withey will start. It's hard to imagine a scenario in which one of those four doesn't start.

With that in mind, it becomes a debate between Brendon Lavender and Jamelle Horne for who should be the second starter.

Horne is probably better right now, but he's behind Budinger and neither of the two could play the two-guard spot both offensively and defensively.

Lavender would make sense, since he seems to be the top shooting guard on the roster, but he still hasn't proven anything and we need to see how he adapts to the college game mentally.

Since Horne is probably a little better than Lavender, one could conclude that it would make sense to bring him off the bench, so the Wildcats have guaranteed production on the sidelines.

However, many people around the program question Horne's maturity and wonder whether or not he could handle not being a starter. Not everyone is Jason Terry.

If Horne could handle being a guy who comes off the bench, assuming Lavender is good enough to start, it would be huge for the Wildcats.

If not, the solution is that you move Budinger to the two and have Horne at three on offense, and then switch on defense, probably playing a lot of zone.

It's not that more important who starts – all that matters is who finishes – but it's the one question on everyone's mind entering the season, and as of today it remains unanswered.

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