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Arizona Wildcats hoops countdown: We’re at 38 days and counting to tipoff


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How does an Arizona starting backcourt of Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Gabe York sound?

Nationally, it may not have the kind of appeal as the other Wildcat teams at Villanova (Jalen Brunson and Ryan Arcidiacono) or Kentucky (Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray). Wichita State’s backcourt of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker feels like they have been around for 10 years.

Cal’s interchangeable backcourt of Tyrone Wallace, Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews will get most of the publicity out of the Pac-12.

In terms of efficiency and working toward getting others involved, the combination of Jackson-Cartwright and York sounds great. They will play unselfishly and within Sean Miller’s system.

York, as a senior, must take it upon himself to take the shot when available to prevent the offense from being stagnant.

Expect Arizona’s backcourt to often include three guards. Allonzo Trier, Justin Simon, Kadeem Allen and Elliott Pitts figure to get their share of playing time.

Ray Smith is Arizona’s lone prototypical wing player and he’s a freshman coming off a knee injury. He won’t be a 35-minutes-a-game kind of player at least at the start of the year. That means when Miller wants to go small, he will employ three guards.

One of the interesting developments of the season will be which combinations work the best together in relation to Arizona’s frontcourt talent.

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