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Parker Jackson-Cartwright responds to criticism from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman

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Goodman doesn’t think Arizona’s point guard play is good enough for it to win a national title, but PJC doesn’t really care what he says

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Even as the Arizona Wildcats rattled off nine straight wins after their three-game losing streak in the Bahamas, ESPN analyst Jeff Goodman had one major concern about the Wildcats.

Their point guard play.

“Arizona has certainly righted the ship after that disaster down in the Bahamas, and Wildcats have two studs in Allonzo Trier and Deandre Ayton ... but point guard play still worrisome,” he tweeted.

He later added: “I do think Arizona can get to Final Four ... but name me last team to win it all with point guard situation like the one in Tucson right now. Need a high-level PG to win six straight.”

Basically, he is saying Parker Jackson-Cartwright — and his backups — isn’t good enough for Arizona to win a national championship.

What does Jackson-Cartwright think of that?

“I’m not really on Twitter, but I don’t listen to Jeff Goodman or anybody,” he said Monday. “I know what he does. I know what his job is, but I think my job is to listen to coach or try to do what he’s telling me to do and playing for my teammates.

“Jeff Goodman doesn’t play on this team, he doesn’t coach this team.”

A senior, Jackson-Cartwright is posting the best season of his career, posting career-bests in points (7.6), assists (4.9), steals (1.8), and 3-point percentage (.478).

Arizona coach Sean Miller said last week that Jackson-Cartwright is the “perfect point guard” for Arizona in some ways because of his high assist-to-turnover ratio and his ability to space the floor for the bevy of other scorers Arizona has.

“You can’t leave Parker alone,” Miller said. “As what you decide what to do — trapping, double-teaming our post guys, trying to crowd the court against Rawle or Allonzo — Parker’s continuously in a position to take 3s and make those. And he’s done a great job from game one until now of doing that, and I expect him to continue to shoot the ball well.”

Miller also believes PJC is playing the best defense of his career.

Goodman still isn’t sold.

“People are entitled to their opinions and criticisms good or bad,” Jackson-Cartwright said. “You gotta take it for what it is and do what you do. We all have a job and if he feels that way, that’s fine. But he’s not the coach and he’s not on my team. I think it’s best for me to listen to my teammates and coaches.”


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