Coach’s Corner: Arizona’s Sean Miller
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
TUCSON, Ariz. – Sean Miller’s roster looks quite different these days, but one thing hasn’t changed around the Arizona men’s basketball program: Expectations.
They’re still high, as the Wildcats are coming off a 27-8 campaign and an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearance. Miller has brought in yet another highly touted recruiting class, featuring the No. 4-ranked player in the class of 2013 in Aaron Gordon, a 6-8, 210-pound forward.
USA TODAY Sports college basketball reporter Nicole Auerbach caught up with Miller in his office this week to discuss Gordon’s role on the team, a new-look roster and current issues that college basketball:
Q: You have a player (Aaron Gordon) who made the U.S. U-19 team, and two others who tried out. Some coaches prefer their players to stay on campus in the summer, and others encourage international play. Why do you support it?
Miller: I really leave it up to them and their family. These are young guys who have goals, and every one of them seems to have the same goals: being a part of the NBA, playing in a Final Four. But the opportunity to compete for a gold medal for your country is quite an honor. In recent years, with the Dream Team, it’s made it even a bigger deal for the younger guys. So, it’s become one of their goals. If they’re all in and want to do it, I want to support them. The competition alone, being coached by college coaches, the travel – in a sense, it better prepares them for what’s to come when they get (back on campus). When I was in college, I played in the World University games. I look back now, and it was a long time ago, but it’s still one of my great memories.
Q: Aaron Gordon, who is on the U-19 team, has been quoted recently saying he expects to play small forward at Arizona, not power forward. Where do you envision him fitting in/playing this fall?
Miller: It has to do a lot with our current team, who we have. … We happen to have two starters back: Brandon Ashley, who … [For more on Coach's Corner: Arizona's Sean Miller, click here.]