The Arizona Wildcats' basketball program unveiled publicly yesterday for the first time its 2013-14 edition at the annual Red-Blue Scrimmage, drawing a sold-out crowd at McKale Center. Many of them showed up at least an hour before tip off, chomping at the bit.
Some of the greatest takeaways from the afternoon: the electric atmosphere, reminiscent of Lute Olson's heyday; the play (as advertised) of freshmen Aaron Gordon, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Elliott Pitts; and Arizona continuing to mesh together as it tries to improve its perimeter game.
Arizona has already officially practiced for more than two weeks thanks to the NCAA rule-change allowing teams to start six weeks—not a month as in the past—before the season opener. That means Arizona coach Sean Miller still has 26 days to mold his team, which also plays an exhibition against Augustana College on Oct. 28.
What Miller and the captivated audience saw yesterday was a team that has a solid core of seven to eight players, most of them freshmen and sophomores, who will give Arizona a chance to play deep into March.
After observing their play and listening to the post-scrimmage comments from Miller and the players, the following are the five greatest takeaways from yesterday afternoon at McKale Center.