Arizona coach Sean Miller spoke the truth when saying Ray Smith’s injury “trumps everything” about the Wildcats’ 86-35 exhibition victory over College of Idaho on Tuesday night.
Here are some of the social media reactions involving Smith’s injury, which forced him out with 12:39 left in the first half. …
Ray Smith put some perspective on his injury after suffering season-ending ACL tears in each of the previous two seasons (before his senior year in high school and freshman season last year)
@raysmith2297 I'm thankful for what god has given me. End of discussion. Thank you but save the sorrows.
Some heartfelt messages for Smith …
Praying for you bro. @raysmith2297
Prayers up to Ray Smith🙏🏽
"We're all in shock what happened to Ray and we hope it's not serious" Dusan Ristic told Pac-12 Networks unprovoked. Wasn't asked about him.
Hope Smith will have more opportunities and soon …
Ray Smith's first live game action tonight since the end of his junior season in high school in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/2rSdZ6Qock
Miller telling it like it is about his active roster as of now (with the length of time out for Allonzo Trier and Chance Comanche unknown) …
Miller: "We don't have any depth. We're going to have to play walk-ons, 3 guards a lot, teach Lauri (Markkanen) small forward."
On the bright side …
Sean Miller said Kadeem Allen is the best defender he's ever coached. Even better than T.J. McConnell, Nick Johnson and Rondae.
Keanu Pinder (Australia) part of UA's international frontcourt with Dusan Ristic (Serbia) & Lauri Markkanen (Finland). Double-double tonight pic.twitter.com/GH2kH8WmvJ
Like the offensive potential of Dusan Ristic & Lauri Markkanen front court for Arizona. Each have quality hands & impressive touch.
Arizona's 2016-17 version of the "Twin Towers" — 7-footers Dusan Ristic and Lauri Markkanen pic.twitter.com/insr56thnU
Alkins could be Arizona's wildcard this season, player who'll be worth some wins deep in the conference season. Doesn't look like freshman pic.twitter.com/vJr8oeiUeq
"He could emerge as one of the best that plays the position" -Miller on PJC. Miller says that he asked PJC to buy in last year, and he has.
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