Arizona seems to have scored big time in convincing Mark Lyons to head to the desert. CBSSports writer and Arizona alum Jeff Goodman ranked Lyons as his number one “impact” transfer for the 2012-2013 season. Goodman writes about Lyons:
“He wasn’t exactly asked back to Xavier since he’s not the easiest player to coach, but it’s impossible to discount Lyons’ ability. The questions are whether he can be a good leader, teammate and point guard. If he can, Sean Miller and the Wildcats can go far. Really far.”
UCLA and Arizona State also had players in the top 25 list. UCLA’s Larry Drew II was number 20 and ASU’s Evan Gordon was 24.
Aaron Gordon seems to have really enjoyed his trip to Tucson. Bruce Pascoe of the Daily Star caught up with Gordon’s coach, Tim Kennedy who stated ”He [Gordon] said he had a great time … He enjoyed the trip and getting to know the guys.”
Gordon is currently considering Arizona, Kansas, Washington, Kentucky, and Oregon. With the haul Kentucky has just brought in, I would be surprised if he went there. Kansas and Oregon might be in there for the time being, but it is going to come down to Washington and Arizona. I’ve heard from a few people Arizona leads for Gordon at the moment, but who truly knows as these things seem to change daily.
Credit Arizona Athletics with one of the best game promotion videos I’ve ever seen.
Now to something of a serious note. College football released its graduation rates, and the Pac-12 didn’t live up to it’s branding as a top academic conference. The NCAA FBS rate was 70 percent and only two Pac-12 schools placed above that. I’ll give you two guesses and Berkeley is not a right answer.
It is understandable for top college football schools to not have high graduation rates due to players leaving early, but I would hope schools could get 75% to graduate.
ESPN compiled a list of all the Pac-12 schools and Arizona was 11th out of the 12 schools at 53%. Rival ASU for comparison was sixth at 63%.
(Stanford (90%) and Washington (74%) were the answer from above)
ESPNLA has an article on how Arizona’s defense could be a quandary to USC as it is the only 3-3-5 they will see this year. It also goes on to give a small breakdown on what the defense is good for.