With the Arizona Wildcats’ football season over, and the basketball team down to just seven available scholarship athletes for the time being, some roster movement has been happening in McKale.
Earlier in the week, the team announced the addition of walk-on Kory Jones, a 6-foot-3 freshman.
That was before Parker Jackson-Cartwright injured his ankle against Texas Southern. After that game, Sean Miller was asked if the team could add yet another walk-on to join Jones, Tyler Trillo, Paulo Cruz, and Jake Desjardins.
“Yeah, we might,” Miller answered. “We might have to. That’s something we’re going to have to take a look at. Usually we have more than seven scholarship players, so we’ll do the best we can.”
But instead of adding just another body to the practice squad, what if Miller went for an athletic guy? Someone who’s played basketball at a high level and is still in peak, physical condition.
What if it was someone from the football team?
Well, he’s not interested.
“No,” Miller said when asked about that possibility.
One option that’s been floating around on Twitter for a couple weeks now is Cam Denson, who averaged 16.8 points per game in his senior year at Salpointe Cathloic in Tucson.
“Nah, I don’t think so,” Denson says in this video from his senior year of high school when asked if he thought Miller would consider bringing him on the basketball team as well. “I’m not even thinking about playing basketball in college. It’s just something I do for fun in my off time.”
Here’s the thing with Arizona. The Wildcats were forced to only use seven players against Gonzaga because no walk-on will hold up athletically against a team like that. All seven guys played at least 18 minutes, and three of them (Lauri Markkanen, Kadeem Allen, and Rawle Alkins) played in 35+ minutes.
I’m not saying this is the best idea, but if you’re looking for someone to eat up at least a couple minutes so you can have fresh players down the stretch in these games, or ease some foul trouble issues, then you look inward and bring in a guy who’s training at the highest level on campus, and not someone who’s a rec center hero.