For all the talk about Derrick Williams and Lamont Jones, Jamelle Horne could be the difference between winning and losing.
Arizona coach Sean Miller says that Horne is working hard in order to prepare for next season.
"Jamelle has done everything we asked him to do, he's had a really good second semester academically," Miller said. "He played this year below 210 pounds. I don't think that that's physically strong enough to do what we need him to do.
"He's really improved in that area already; he's already at about 220 pounds, and if you look at him, you notice the difference."
Horne is not the only one working to improve physically, as the team has joined his lead.
"We had a small and physically weak team this year," Miller said. "As they get stronger in the right way, a lot of the times they become better basketball players. Losing weight, lowering body fat and gaining strength are things our team needs. I think we'll see some huge strides over the summer.
"By the time our season starts in November, I think everyone will see a very noticeable difference in our team physically. I think that's going to be a big part of what's going to make next year's team a better team than this year is we have so many younger players in our program getting older and better, but the key is how much better can they become?"
Although Horne is working on his strength, it has never been about his physical attributes. Instead, it will come down to how Horne responds mentally.
"Like a lot of players, when does that light bulb go on?," Miller said. "Sometimes early, sometimes late, but I know that seniors care more about things than anyone else on the team because it's their last year and I think Jamelle is eager to have a last year that we can point at for being his best here at Arizona, and we support him in that."
Horne could be key
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