Despite all the attention being paid to Arizona’s newcomers, the Wildcats’ core of returning players will have a lot to say about the team’s success next year. Even with a devastating recruiting class and one of the nation’s most prominent transfers (Xavier’s Mark Lyons), Arizona will still need its veterans to stand tall if it’s going to follow through on its immense potential for the 2012-13 season.
One player facing a put-up-or-shut-up year is promising guard Jordin Mayes. Although Mayes was a four-star recruit two years ago, he’s been an unremarkable bench player so far, and next season may be his last chance to grab a major role in the Wildcat rotation.
Read on for more on Mayes and where he falls among the key veterans who could help make it a thriller of a season for Arizona fans.
Note: this list excludes the four returning walk-ons on the Arizona roster. None appeared in more than four games, so expecting any measurable impact from them seems overly optimistic.