If Sunday’s exhibition is any indication — albeit against a team from Spain that resembled that of a high school team in the states — Arizona’s new blood looks like it will pump more vitality into Sean Miller’s already lively program.
Freshman guard Brandon Randolph looked like a Pac-12 freshman of the year candidate with 21 points in his debut, while junior Allonzo Trier scored 16.
UNC Asheville transfer Dylan Smith had 14, and sophomore Rawle Alkins and freshman phenom center Deandre Ayton each added 10 each as the Wildcats routed Combinado Valenciano 113-44 in Valencia, Spain.
Combinado Valenciano is a professional club team based in Valencia.
Senior post player Dusan Ristic also added 14 rebounds for the Wildcats and Ayton had nine.
Ristic was in the starting lineup at the post with Ayton at power forward, Alkins on the wing, Trier as shooting guard and senior Parker Jackson-Cartwright at the point. Jackson-Cartwright had seven assists without a turnover.
Here is Arizona’s box score:
The following are social media highlights from Arizona’s first exhibition:
Sean Miller’s wife Amy enjoying the trip:
A posterizing by Randolph, who made an awe-inspiring debut:
Good mid-range game for the youngster:
Brandon Randolph. Bucket Getter.
Brandon Randolph … Player of the Year one exhibition game into this thing
Freshman guard Emmanuel Akot another one of the young talents:
Ayton will greatly enhance Arizona’s inside presence this season:
Another freshman, Ira Lee, with another rim-rattling dunk:
Chase Jeter, a transfer from Duke, is allowed to play in these games, and he showed his promise for Miller starting next season.
Trier can take it to the hole as well as anybody in the nation:
Sights and sounds of Arizona’s “business trip” …
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