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Links: Cochise transfer Korcheck commits, Carey is the key

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  • It's confirmed that Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats have received word from Cochise College transfer Matt Korcheck that he'll be signing his letter of intent on Wednesday, writes Bruce Pascoe. The Sabino High School grad will redshirt his first season with the Wildcats and appears to be a gritty body who will challenge the high-profile freshmen coming into the program next year. He's a legitimate Division I level talent, as well. Korcheck first committed to UTEP out of high school, and he averaged 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game with Cochise this past season, according to Pascoe.
  • ESPN Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller began a series detailing each football team's most important player, and the rules are simple. Quarterbacks aside, whose strong performances will be able to dictate wins the most? Miller began with the Wildcats and he believes that running back Ka'Deem Carey will be the key to Arizona's season. It makes sense. The defense will likely struggle this year, and outside of Matt Scott, who is pretty damn important (too much so to risk an injury by giving him too many carries), Carey appears to be the one guy with the ability to make big-time plays when things break down.

  • If you haven't caught this, Ballislife has a web series following Orange Lutheran's season. Wildcat commit Gabe York is prominently featured in the series. By the way, York is coming off an MVP performance at the Ballislife All-American game.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles, in need of a back-up quarterback they'd like to develop, could be eyeing Nick Foles to be taken pretty early on in the NFL Draft.
  • Arizona's baseball team takes a series against Utah and now stands at 23-9 on the year and 9-3 in the Pac-12 Conference.
  • Meanwhile, Mike Candrea's softball team moved to 25-10 and 4-5 in the conference with a series sweep of Washington in Seattle.
  • In the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday, Arizona commitment Kaleb Tarczewski did ... uh ... not much. In eight minutes of playing time, Tarc nearly put up zeros save for a missed field goal and a foul. Now, it's always hard for American bigs to get involved in All-Star games. The World Select team? They got their big men involved and it goes without saying that pro experience overseas might be catching up to the American ballplayers -- this year's weak class didn't help either. 6-foot-10, 223 pound Croatian Dario Saric went for 13 points, 14 boards and five assists against the Americans. Chinese 7-footer Wang Zhelin dropped 19 and grabbed eight boards. Tarczewski's teammate, highly-rated big man Nerlens Noel, also got rocked by the foreign post players by only putting in five points, four boards and four blocks.
  • And in the end, Team USA lost for only the fourth time in the 15-game history of the event.
  • On to football: Ryan Finley recaps the ups and downs of Rich Rodriguez's first spring football at Arizona, which will culminate in the Spring Game this Saturday. What have we learned? RichRod wants to go fast while remaining focused, and the offense has responded by putting up lots of points and many yards against a defense that's, as expected, behind a bit.