The Arizona Wildcats and coach Sean Miller will have the opportunity to sell the program to Houston Cougars transfer Joseph Young next week, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. The Oregon Ducks are reportedly the favorite thus far, and they'll have first dibs on hosting the shooting guard, who averaged 18 points per game as a sophomore last year.
Goodman adds that Young will seek a waiver to play immediately, though it's more likely he is forced to sit out a year.
Getting a visit from Young, an efficient shooter and scorer that hit 42 percent of his threes last season, can only help and makes the rumor of UA being on his list of transfer destinations more real, obviously. And with Miller likely not expecting both of Grant Jerrett and Angelo Chol to leave, it's yet another example that over-recruiting never hurts.
In a recent USA Today interview, Miller discussed the "fluid" roster shakeups in NCAA hoops with Nicole Auerbach.
Q: You have brought in some highly touted recruiting classes in your years here. Do you have to change your philosophy/approach at all when you're recruiting and coaching guys who come in with a lot of hype?
Miller: All of us are in search of what the balance is. The balance is a few things. One, mixing in guys who are older, who may have transferred for a variety of reasons. If you have guys sitting out who are older and more experienced, that offsets a player leaving early for the NBA or (a transfer). ... You have to be reasonable about expectations. Trying to recruit everyone who wants the same thing is not going to be healthy. There are plenty of terrific players who want to come to Arizona for four years and who understand that earlier in their career, their role may be less. But as they grow older, their role can be more. We're always trying identify that. Then, there's the difference-maker. You have an opportunity for him early, you know he's talented enough to do it. That's the key.
Young hoping for a waiver to be cleared by the NCAA would make the Wildcats even more scary next season. Either way, he'll be competing with Nick Johnson for playing time at shooting guard -- that defensive-offensive tandem could be quite complementary if both players buy in.
It would also give a team that clearly has size and athleticism more perimeter shooting, which could be an issue if Aaron Gordon expects to be playing small forward -- a lineup of Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley and Aaron Gordon may succeed defensively, but couple that with Johnson's so-so shooting and the only real worry on the perimeter would be T.J. McConnell, who hit 43 percent of his threes in his last season at Duquesne.
Anyway, considering all this is far off. Young must commit first.
Point is, his transfer to Arizona would only help.
- Damon Stoudamire spoke with The Sporting News' Roger Kuznia about his new job on the Arizona staff.