After an initial timetable of an eight week recovery, it appears the Arizona Wildcats will get Parker Jackson-Cartwright back for their Pac-12 opener against the California Golden Bears.
Sean Farnham, who is calling the game on ESPN2 Friday night, tweeted this out after Arizona’s shootaround:
Just finished @APlayersProgram shoot-around it's a green-light for Parker Jackson-Cartwright's return tonight at Cal. pic.twitter.com/tBgKTVUVJU— Sean Farnham (@SeanFarnham) December 30, 2016
“It's a green-light for Parker Jackson-Cartwright's return tonight at Cal.”
Earlier this week, Sean Miller said that there was a possibility PJC would return on this road trip, but likely in a very limited role.
“If he can contribute and allow somebody like Kadeem (Allen) to take a four-minute break to rotate our three guards to give us a fourth guard for the first time, that would be a big shot in the arm for us,” Miller said. “So we’re hopeful that we can get that out of him, but we’re not there yet. If I had that answer I would surely tell you.”
In Miller’s words, this will give Arizona 7 1⁄4 or 7 1⁄2 players available as opposed to the seven scholarship guys the Wildcats have been working with in recent weeks. It’s been less about the seven total available, and more about the fact that only three of those seven are guards.
This will at least give Arizona a fourth guy to rotate in.
Before suffering the high ankle sprain, Jackson-Cartwright was averaging eight points and 5.3 assists per game. His turnover:assist ratio was 3.4:1, which was sorely missed in recent weeks as Arizona struggled to hang on to the ball.
Arizona and Cal are scheduled to tip-off at 9 PM MT on ESPN2.