TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's top recruit left to play overseas and its leading scorer may or may not be facing a suspension.
Looks like a down year at McKale Center.
Not a chance. Not with Sean Miller at the helm.
The Wildcats' coach never leaves his team bereft of talent and has another stacked team this season. It may take some patience early in the season while Miller figures out what pieces fit where, but expect Arizona to be in the running for the Pac-12 title and an NCAA Tournament berth by the time it's over.
"We have a lot of new players, we have a lot of returning players who won't return to the same role; we have players who will return to a different role," Miller said. "So it's going to take us some time."
Arizona entered last season loaded with expectations, its roster filled with veteran players and talented newcomers. The Wildcats won 25 games, but were upset by Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona lost some key players from that team - Gabe York, Kaleb Tarczewski, Ryan Anderson - but does have a solid returning core.
It's unclear if Allonzo Trier, the Wildcats' leading returning scorer, will be suspended to start the season, but he's expected to take a big jump in his sophomore season.