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So far this season, the leadership has been the biggest component of the Wildcats' success. In the game against San Diego State, when the Aztecs surged ahead by eight and Arizona had difficulty scoring, Solomon Hill came to the rescue. At that time, it was as if he knew that he had to take over. And he did. He got incredibly aggressive and fought his team back into the game. That is senior leadership.
It was Mark Lyons who ran the final offensive play against San Diego State to perfection by getting a switch on ball and then getting fouled on a drive to the basket. At that point he was having one of his worst offensive games of the season, but it did not matter. He is a leader.
It was also Lyons who was ready to take and make the final shot against No. 5 Florida. In the game against Clemson, again with the Wildcats down and across the country, Lyons stepped up and poured in 20 points. That is senior leadership.
Add Kevin Parrom to the mix and there is a trio of great examples set for the team. Despite not starting, all Parrom does is come in, play great defense and knock down big shots. He is a humble leader. On a team full of stars, sometimes a humble leader is the thing needed most.
With that said, 18-22-year-old athletes are volatile. They are competitive and in battle with each other every day. It can be a combustible situation. If at any point that leadership were to turn sour, this team would not be competing for a national championship, maybe not even for a Pac-12 title.
UCLA's teams of the recent past are great examples of how profound talent can be destroyed by bad leadership. However, the Arizona guys have shown themselves to be great leaders, and there is no reason to think this will change as the season unfolds.