No. 1 Gabe York
Weight: 185 pounds
Hometown: Orange, Calif.
High School: Orange Lutheran High School
2.4 points per game, 0.3 rebounds per game, 0.6 assists per game, 0.1 steals per game, 40.6 field goal percentage
Despite being ranked as the 65th-best recruit in the Class of 2012, sophomore guard Gabe York played sparingly last season as a result of inconsistency on defense and shooting the ball.
Over the offseason, York devoted himself in the gym, attempting to add weight to help him on both sides of the floor. He also took 500 shots every day to try to develop more regularity in his shooting.
Now 20 pounds heavier, head coach Sean Miller hopes that York can compensate for his small size by being more physical with defenders. York believes that the added weight will improve both his lateral quickness and defensive ability.
On offense, this might be the year where York taps into his offensive potential. Although he managed only 87 minutes as a freshman, he scored 36 points, with 24 of those coming on three-pointers. On a team looking for a go-to three-point shooter, York might be that player.
York has also already developed a reputation as a crowd favorite as a result of his athleticism. He won the dunk contest in the McDonald’s Red-Blue Game last year with a dunk over both 6-foot-9 forward Angelo Chol and 6-foot-10 forward Matt Korcheck and then added a few highlight dunks throughout the season.
York has the potential to be a solid bench piece on a team that is slightly thin at the guard position. However, he’ll have to develop more consistency on both ends of the court before he can break into the Wildcats’ rotation.
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