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2017-18 Arizona basketball player previews: Talbott Denny

The Tucson native will finally get a chance to play for his hometown team

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College basketball season is just around the corner. To get ready for the season, we will bring you in-depth player previews for every scholarship player on the 2017-18 Arizona Wildcats. First up is Talbott Denny.

Talbott Denny

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Class: Senior

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 215 lbs

Position: Guard/forward

Career stats

2016-17 in review

Denny joined the Arizona Wildcats last fall as a graduate transfer from Lipscomb, but tore his ACL in a pickup game at the rec center in August 2016, ending his season before it started.

Luckily for Denny, he was granted a sixth year of eligibility and will have another chance to play for the Wildcats in 2017-18.

Had Denny been healthy last season, he likely would have gotten a decent amount of playing time since UA was limited to seven and eight scholarship players at times because of injuries and suspensions.

Before landing at Arizona, Denny played three seasons at Lipscomb. His best season came as a junior when he averaged 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22.9 minutes with a 51.3 field goal percentage.

Denny showed a knack for offensive rebounding, posting a 10.1 offensive rebounding percentage as a junior, and was solid defensively, tallying the best defensive box plus/minus among Lipscomb’s starters.

Denny shot 34.8 percent from 3 in his career at Lipscomb, though he only took 46 attempts, so the sample size might not be big enough to make any conclusions about his shooting stroke.

Crazy stat: Because of injuries, Denny has only appeared in one game since the 2014-15 season. He missed all but one game in his would-be senior season at Lipscomb because of a shoulder injury.

2017-18 outlook

Denny didn’t play in Arizona’s Spain exhibition tour in August (presumably to give him more time to recover from his ACL injury), but he did make an appearance in the Red-Blue Game, playing two minutes.

Denny profiles as a 2 or a 3, which are the positions Arizona has a ton of depth at (they do when Rawle Alkins is healthy, at least), so it’s unlikely he will see the floor much this season, barring more injuries, suspensions, etc.

That said, when Denny does play, he will probably have a role similar to Keanu Pinder where he’s asked to defend and rebound at a high level, but not do much offensively.

Denny, a Tucson native, starred at Salpointe Catholic and grew up an avid Arizona fan, so he’ll surely be a fan favorite in McKale Center, as evidenced by the ovation he received during the Red-Blue Game.


“It’s kind of a surreal feeling coming back home,” Denny told Ezra Amacher, formerly of the Daily Wildcat, back in April 2016. “It’s pretty cool.”

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