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Direct traffic, shepherd the herd, captain the ship—whatever you want to call it, T.J. McConnell is the point guard on a team bursting at the seams with talent. His role is going to be to instill a calm on the court (last year was a constant storm) and distribute, distribute, distribute the ball.
McConnell shouldn't have much trouble. As a sophomore at Duquesne, in a very good conference and passing the ball to guys like Sean Johnson and B.J. Monteiro, McConnell averaged 5.5 assists and was one of the best in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio.
This season as a junior, passing to guys like Aaron Gordon, Kaleb Tarczewski, Nick Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley, it is hard to imagine how he is not near the top of the national assist stats. On offense, that will be his job—get the ball moving in Sean Miller's motion offense and knock down a few open shots here and there.
On the other side of the ball, he is another tenacious defender and will head the pack-line defense out front. His heady play on both sides of the ball is going to make Arizona very hard to beat.