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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Class of 2014 shines in blowout win

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Freshman center Dusan Ristic led the Wildcats in productivity in last night's rout over Utah Valley (Pac-12 Networks video screen shot, click on photo to access video)

Freshman center Dusan Ristic led the Wildcats in productivity in last night’s rout over Utah Valley (Pac-12 Networks video screen shot, click on photo to access video)

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WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY RATING?:
PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
MIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)

ARIZONA 87, UTAH VALLEY 56
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
Dusan Ristic C 23 18 1.278
*Stanley Johnson SF 25 21 1.190
Craig Victor PF 13 12 1.083
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 20 21 .952
*T.J. McConnell PG 10 15 .667
*Gabe York SG 11 20 .550
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 12 24 .500
Elliott Pitts SG 9 20 .450
*Brandon Ashley PF 9 21 .429
*Kaleb Tarczewski C 8 19 .421
LESS THAN 10 MIN
Matt Korcheck PF 2 5 .400
Jacob Hazzard PG 0 1 .000
Drew Mellon SG 0 3 .000
TOTAL TEAM 142 200 .710

HOW ARE THEY DOING?
Present RPI ranking of Arizona’s non-conference opponents. Arizona is No. 13 with a strength-of-schedule ranking of No. 109.

Rank Opponent Rec Result Date
No.6 Gonzaga 6-1 UA/66-63 (OT) 12/6/14
No.16 SDSU 6-2 UA/61-59 11/26/14
No.36 Gardner-Webb 2-4 UA/91-65 12/2/14
No.98 UC-Irvine 3-3 UA/71-54 11/19/14
No.125 Mt.St.Mary's 2-5 UA/78-55 11/14/14
No.151 Missouri 3-4 UA/72-53 11/24/14
No.163 K-State 5-4 UA/72-68 11/25/14
No.191 Utah Valley 3-5 UA.87-56 12/9/14
No.291 CSUN 2-7 UA/86-68 11/16/14

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ARIZONA 87, UTAH VALLEY 56

Last night’s rout of Utah Valley was one for the recruiting class of 2014, which features only one five-star prospect and three four-star players Sean Miller can build the future around.

The word only is italicized because Miller has made it a practice lately to recruit multiple five-star players, such as the Class of 2015 that includes three and may have at least four when next season starts.

The consensus Top-5-rated five-man Class of 2014 group includes five-star player (Stanley Johnson) and four-star talents (Craig Victor, Dusan Ristic and Parker Jackson-Cartwright). Kadeem Allen, the reigning junior college player of the year, is redshirting.

Ristic, Johnson and Victor were the three most productive players in last night’s game according to this site’s productivity rating.

They combined for 61 productivity points in 51 minutes, a phenomenal productivity rating of 1.196 for the trio. Jackson-Cartwright finished with a respectable 12 productivity points in a season-high 24 minutes. Overall, the freshman point guard has amazed with his season productivity rating of .713, which ranks third on the team behind Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (.874) and Johnson (.743).

Starting point guard T.J. McConnell, who has 50 assists with only 17 turnovers, has proven to be a positive influence on Jackson-Cartwright, who has 23 assists to go with only four turnovers. Miller, a former point guard at Pitt, knows the importance of McConnell and Jackson-Cartwright combining for 73 assists with only 21 turnovers (a hard-to-beat 3.4-to-1 ratio).

“(Jackson-Cartwright) complements what T.J. does very well,” Miller said in the postgame press conference last night. “T.J. deserves a lot of credit and Parker will be the first to tell you that T.J. really pushes Parker and I think some of his improvement stems from that competitive balance that he experiences every day.”

Indicative of how appreciative Miller is of Parker-Cartwright’s impact on Arizona’s flow, he played the freshman the most minutes last night.

Ten players logged double-digit minutes. Eight players, including Parker-Cartwright, are averaging at least 11 minutes a game this season. Ristic (7.8) and Victor (7.6) are next. Miller and his staff are assured their team has depth that can be productive when called upon.

The productivity rating of Arizona’s top bench players (Hollis-Jefferson, Parker-Cartwright, Ristic, Victor and Elliott Pitts) is a combined .672. Arizona’s starters (McConnell, Johnson, Gabe York, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski) have a productivity rating of .555.

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ARIZONA DUNK TALLY

No. Player G Pos. Yr. FG
15 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 9 SF Soph. 37-79
7 Kaleb Tarczewski 9 C Jr. 27-44
4 Brandon Ashley 9 PF Jr. 38-73
2 Stanley Johnson 9 SF Fr. 37-79
1 Gabe York 9 SG Jr. 25-60
1 Craig Victor 5 PF Fr. 4-6

The discrepancy can be related to the starters logging 1,222 minutes compared to 577 for the top reserves.

The numbers indicate, however, that when Miller utilizes his top reserves he is getting quality minutes. That depth can be Arizona’s great equalizer well into the Pac-12 season and into March if players get into foul trouble, have a cold shooting night or need a breather. It is a luxury most other Pac-12 programs and teams throughout the nation do not have.

Moreover, Arizona’s top reserves are so young — no juniors and seniors among them — that they are bound to get better as the season progresses.

Ristic, who led Arizona with a productivity rating of 1.278 in last night’s win, is a prime example of that improvement. Miller commented that his freshman center works hard in the weight room and on the court daily.

“He’s very easy to coach, a pleasure to be around and somebody who everybody in our program pulls for because we all recognize how much he wants it and how hard he works at it,” Miller said.

Think of the productivity numbers this way:
.700 or above: Pac-12 player of the year worthy, with a rating of .800 or better as elite.
.600 to .700: Pac-12 honors worthy
.500 to .600: Significant contributor
Under .500: Like under the Mendoza line, needs work.

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SEASON PRODUCTIVITY RATING

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
R.Hollis-Jefferson SF 9 0 208 238 .874
Stanley Johnson SF 9 9 185 249 .743
P.Jackson-Cartwright PG 9 0 72 101 .713
Brandon Ashley PF 9 9 161 268 .601
T.J. McConnell PG 9 9 132 256 .516
Kaleb Tarczewski C 9 9 114 253 .451
Gabe York SG 9 9 86 196 .439
Elliott Pitts SG 9 0 42 130 .323
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
Craig Victor PF 5 0 25 38 .658
Dusan Ristic C 9 0 41 70 .586
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Matt Korcheck PF 3 0 10 11 .909
Drew Mellon SF 2 0 0 4 .000
Trey Mason SG 3 0 -3 5 -.600
Jacob Hazzard PG 4 0 -3 4 -.750
TOTAL TEAM 9 1070 1825 .586


ARIZONA PAC-10/12
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR:

Name (Year) G S PP MIN PR
Derrick Williams (2011) 38 38 1190 1141 1.043
Sean Elliott (1989) 33 33 1128 1125 1.003
Chris Mills (1993) 28 28 838 870 .963
Sean Elliott (1988) 38 38 1167 1249 .934
D. Stoudamire (1995) 30 30 964 1092 .883
Mike Bibby (1998) 35 35 905 1124 .805
Jason Terry (1999) 29 29 877 1107 .792
Nick Johnson (2014) 38 38 848 1254 .676

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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS

Date Opponent Results TeamPR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
Dec. 9 Utah Valley 87-56 (W) .710 Dusan Ristic C 23 18 1.278
Dec. 6 Gonzaga 66-63 OT (W) .435 Brandon Ashley PF 19 38 .500
Dec. 2 Gardner-Webb 91-65 (W) .745 Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 17 13 1.308
Nov. 26 San Diego State 61-59 (W) .525 Stanley Johnson SG 29 37 .784
Nov. 25 Kansas State 72-68 (W) .540 Stanley Johnson SG 21 25 .840
Nov. 24 Missouri 72-53 (W) .525 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 25 23 1.087
Nov. 19 Cal-Irvine 71-54 (W) .610 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 31 29 1.069
Nov. 16 Cal State-Northridge 86-68 (W) .605 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 26 22 1.182
Nov. 14 Mt. St. Mary's 78-55 (W) .660 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 28 21 1.333

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He has also written articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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