Arizona Basketball: Comparing the Wildcat Freshmen to Former Arizona Stars

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Arizona Basketball: Comparing the Wildcat Freshmen to Former Arizona Stars
Brandon Ashley (left) and Gabe York

Arizona basketball's 2012 freshman class—Gabe York, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and Kaleb Tarczewski—came to Tucson as highly regarded as any in program history, snaring plenty of national hype from all of the high-profile recruiting sources.

ESPN, Scout and Rivals all listed that crew among the top three in the country, just behind UCLA and Kentucky, and so far they've provided key support roles in pushing Arizona to the No. 9 ranking in both major polls.

Considering the wealth of talent that played on the McKale Center floor prior to their entrance—including 63 NBA draftees—there is a staggering amount of potential stardom infusing the program. 

All of the aforementioned newcomers share similarities with former Arizona standouts, some in striking fashion. 

In this slideshow, this year's newbies will be evaluated next to their most-comparable predecessors in the desert, based on physical and mental makeup, as well as overall skill sets.

Come inside to see which former Arizona players most closely resemble this year's crop of Wildcats rooks.

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