When Caleb Love got to Arizona, most expected him to bring scoring. Instead the senior guard has raised his game beyond just points.
Love leads Arizona in scoring (13.3), assists (4.4) and steals (1.6), and Tommy Lloyd has pushed him to concentrate on being an all-around player.
“I’ve really challenged him to contribute to the game in other areas, because I am just a firm believer, if you try to participate in all areas of the game that eventually you’re going to get great numbers across the board and you’re going to have a significant impact,” Lloyd said.
Love has made an impact on the glass, something he hadn’t done much in his career prior to Arizona. Love has grabbed six rebounds or more in three of the seven games he has played for UA compared to only doing it 13 times in 101 games for North Carolina.
“Everyday, he’s always on me about it,” Love said. “He kind of changed me because I used to have to get back on every shot. So, during the preseason, he changed it to where he wants me crashing each and every time so I’m just trying to learn.”
Having a guard that rebounds has allowed Arizona to get into its offense early and has helped the Wildcats to the third-highest scoring average in the nation (93.4 ppg).
“Just knowing I got to get a rebound and when I do get the rebound, I feel like it’s better for the team because I can push it and find guys,” Love said.
Love has only scored 20 points one time this season but UA has not needed to lean onto heavy scoring from one player this season.
“I think he'll have a few of those over the course of the season, but I’m not necessarily looking for that from him,” Lloyd said. "I’m looking for him just to be a really good experienced all-around basketball player. That just makes good decisions. possession by possession and he’s doing that for the most part.”