Sean Miller loves him some competitors, and he's always going to back his players. But if there were any reason to believe that he'll be in heaven next season with pure point guard T.J. McConnell running the ship, take a look at the numbers coming out of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
The tournament for NCAA seniors looking to improve their pro stock kicked off on Wednesday, and the first game had some familiar faces to Arizona Wildcats fans. Mark Lyons and Momo Jones found themselves on opposite benches, and once they hit the court it was, well, about as you'd expect in what's essentially going to be a pickup game.
Lyons chucked up 10 shots and hit only two, finishing with five points, two assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes. On a positive note, he did record four steals as his K&D Roundscaping team pulled out a 91-67 rout.
On the other side, Jones did what he withheld from doing while at Arizona -- taking many shots. He went 2-for-11 from the field and in 24 minutes scored eight points, dropped three dimes and turned the ball over twice.
Jones' Norfolk Sports Team must have been out of whack. It shot 32 percent from the floor, allowed Lyons' team as a whole to shoot 52 percent and only had nine total assists.
That would make Lyons' shooting performance more questionable, however. Only Lyons and one another player of his team's eight participants shot less than 50 percent as they passed the ball well and got easy looks. All of the players had at least seven shots as well.
On Thursday, Jones rebounded with 19 points on 8-for-21 shooting and three assists in his early game.