Mueller Genuine Drafts: 2011/ 2012 Wildcat Basketball Rotation

It is no secret that the 2011/2012 Arizona Wildcats basketball team is looking for a consistent rotation for the season.  Our own coach has been searching and searching for the right pieces to put in place for us to be effective for an entire game.  I want to take an ongoing look at the rotation throughout the year and in addition look into next season’s.

The Mueller Genuine Call of the week is going to be a fairly simple one but I believe it will be the biggest key to our success this year as a basketball team…

What would be the most effective switch to our starting lineup?

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The call is that the Wildcats will have 5 players that will finish the year scoring in double figures.  I still believe that Solomon Hill is going to be the leading scorer and if he continues to be aggressive he will be in the top 3 in the Pac-12 in free throws attempted.  In addition to Hill, Kyle Fogg, Jesse Perry, Nick Johnson, and Josiah Turner will end the year with double digit scoring marks as well.

With the recent indefinite suspension and possible dismissal of Sidiki Johnson, the lineups have come into focus a little more.  We all know the players that will be seeing the floor this season for the Wildcats.  I want to break it down by position and then see what has and what hasn’t been working for the team.

Guards:  Josiah Turner, Kyle Fogg, Jordin Mayes, Nick Johnson, and Brendon Lavender

Forwards:  Solomon Hill, Kevin Parrom, Jesse Perry, Angelo Chol

Centers:  Kyryl Natyazhko, Alex Jacobson

As fans, we all know that the current starting lineup of  Jordin Mayes at Point Guard and Kyryl Natyazhko at Center may just be a stop gap until coach Miller figures out the best options.  After seeing the opposing team bolt out to an early lead against our starters, I have to assume the change will happen sooner rather than later.  I am going to give my versions of what I believe the starting lineup should look like and what the most successful lineups for us have been.

What the starting lineup should look like:

PG:  Josiah Turner

SG:  Kyle Fogg

SF:  Solomon Hill

PF:  Jesse Perry

C:  Angelo Chol

We all know that this team needs Turner in the lineup if we are going to have a successful season, so that will end up happening sooner rather than later.  After last week’s loss my assumption will be that it happens next game.  Fogg, Hill, and Perry need to be in the starting lineup and probably will all year.  I would replace Natyazhko with Chol to give him more playing time so that he can get the timing of D1 basketball down and be a defensive force in the paint by the time we start Pac-12 play.  This will enable Perry and Hill to play at their natural positions as well.

Most Successful lineup:

PG:  Josiah Turner

SG:  Kyle Fogg

SG:  Nick Johnson

SF:  Solomon Hill

PF:  Jesse Perry

It is arguable that this has been our most effective lineup so far, but what is not arguable is that we are most successful when going small.  When we place Perry at the 5 we gain so much speed and become a team that Miller is most comfortable with.  It’s true we won’t be able to get away with this against some teams, but it does work well in a lot of ways.  We can also rotate Parrom (who will keep getting better and better), Mayes, and Lavendar into these small lineups to give everyone breathers.

I understand that we are going to be switching lineups in and out all year and that a lot of teams wish they were having this type of conversation.  We do get a little spoiled in the desert, but that’s why it’s great to be a Wildcat.

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