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Nov. 09, 2015
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TRANSFER OF POWER

This is an article from the Nov. 9, 2015 issue

While sitting out last season after transferring from Boston College, Ryan Anderson overhauled his jump shot and cut his body fat to 5.8% from 18.5%. "My reputation was that I'm soft," says the 6'9", 235-pound forward, who averaged 14.3 points in 2013--14. "I had a year to focus on [changing] that." Anderson will look a lot different, much like the Wildcats, who lost four players to the NBA over the past two seasons and have six new faces this year. Because no one on the roster projects as a first-round pick in 2016, Anderson shapes up as a go-to scorer on a balanced team. He'll showcase a more conventional jumper—he essentially shot with one hand at BC—to bolster his crafty mid-range game, and his added strength will help Arizona in the low post.

Four seniors will start, including Anderson, but all are inexperienced in their roles. Kaleb Tarczewski (9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds per game), a muscular 7-foot, 250-pound center, goes from defensive stopper to scoring threat. San Francisco graduate transfer Mark Tollefsen (14.0 points at USF), a 6'9" stretch forward, will see if his 38.0% three-point shooting translates from the WCC. Gabe York (9.2 points) goes from supersub to starting sniper. As coach Sean Miller puts it, "Everyone has a new seat on the bus."

PROJECTED TEAM STATS

OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY 114.4 (17th)

DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY 94.1 (23rd)

PAC-12 RECORD 13--5 (1st)

X-FACTOR

Coach Sean Miller sees sophomore Parker Jackson-Cartwright—who averaged just 9.6 minutes last season—as a "consummate pass-first" point guard with even more athleticism than departed star T.J. McConnell.

STAT SHEET

With 2015--16 projections for the top six scorers

Coach Sean Miller (7th season)

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PPG RPG APG OFF. RATING USAGE
SG Gabe York* 6'3" Sr. 12.3 2.8 1.8 120.7 18.8%
PF Ryan Anderson* 6'9" Sr. 11.9 6.7 1.0 108.3 24.4%
C Kaleb Tarczewski* 7'0" Sr. 11.6 6.8 0.6 117.1 19.6%
PG P. Jackson-Cartwright* 5'11" Soph. 9.8 3.6 4.7 112.7 20.9%
SG Allonzo Trier 6'6" Fr. 8.5 3.0 1.5 107.0 22.0%
SF Mark Tollefsen 6'9" Sr. 8.1 3.8 1.1 108.9 19.3%

*Starter

TOURNAMENT TRACKER

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TITLE GAME

FINAL FOUR

ELITE EIGHT

SWEET 16

ROUND OF 32

ROUND OF 64

'11--12

'12--13

'13--14

'14--15

'15--16

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