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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Jackson-Cartwright’s four-minute span in second half fuels UA rally



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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)


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Parker Jackson-Cartwright finished with seven assists and one turnover in 13 minutes last night

Parker Jackson-Cartwright finished with seven assists and one turnover in 13 minutes last night

Arizona freshman guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright played only 13 minutes against Gardner-Webb last night, but it was the most productive time frame for any of the Wildcats against the pesky Runnin’ Bulldogs.

He first entered the game at the 13:54 mark of the first half with the game tied at 7. He checked out with 8:11 left and did not return the rest of the half after hitting a jumper and producing assist. Arizona trailed 19-16.

In the second half, Jackson-Cartwright subbed in at almost the same mark of the first half (13:43 remaining) with Arizona clinging to a 49-46 lead. By the time he checked out with 9:28 left, he produced four assists, a three-pointer, a rebound and a steal. That helped fuel Arizona’s game-clinching 25-3 run.

He later returned with 5:12 left, produced a couple of more assists and a rebound, and left to cheers from the McKale Center crowd with 1:13 remaining and Arizona ahead 89-63. His 13 minutes of efficient work were complete.

“I think he has a really fast push with the ball and part of it is he’s coming in the game fresh,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said when asked about Jackson-Cartwright’s impact when he comes off the bench. “You want him to play like that when he comes in. No question a lot of good things are happening for us on offense when he’s in.”


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Does any Pac-12 team boast a bench combination of the hyphenated-name guys — Jackson-Cartwright and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson?

They have the two highest productivity ratings on the team based on this site’s Productivity Report. Hollis-Jefferson has a rating of .967 through the first seven games after posting an .826 against Gardner-Webb. Jackson-Cartwright is at .794. He is not listed among Arizona’s regulars because a player must average 10 minutes a game for that distinction. He is close with 68 minutes in seven games.

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.

Arizona presently has two players with credible minutes above .700 — Stanley Johnson, who is at .746 after producing a rating of 1.269 last night, and Hollis-Jefferson. When a player produces more productivity points than minutes, as Jackson-Cartwright and Johnson did last night, it’s a phenomenal effort.

Gabe York fell into that category last against Gardner-Webb with his 25 productivity points in 21 minutes, good for a season-high rating of 1.190. He is now at .462 for the season after entering the game with a rating of .350. York took the most shots of any Wildcats (10) and made six, three of which were three-pointers in five attempts.

He also had two assists without a turnover in 21 minutes.

Arizona’s guard rotation — T.J. McConnell, York, Jackson-Cartwright and Elliott Pitts — combined for 18 assists and only one turnover in a combined 66 minutes. Arizona had 23 assists with only eight turnovers.

“It was just to get to the basket and see the ball go in,” York said of trying to build his confidence. “I felt like I tried to shoot from three too much. So I wanted to get a couple of layups and get going from there.”

Arizona posted a season-high productivity rating of .745. The Wildcats may have struggled against Gardner-Webb for almost 30 minutes, but that shows the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ quality more than anything. They beat Clemson of the ACC on a neutral court and played LSU close on the road to start the season, allowing the Tigers to pull away late after they led at halftime.

When Arizona turned it on against Gardner-Webb, it was too much for the Big South team that lacked numbers, size and athleticism. The 25-3 run was indicative of the disparity in talent and Jackson-Cartwright — who would be a stud for a team like Gardner-Webb and a few Pac-12 schools — made the most of his opportunity to give Arizona that push it needed.


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[table “” not found /] 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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