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Kerr Kriisa’s ‘bought potential’ as a ref; Cats put together for Washington’s rim protector

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As a result of Arizona typically finishes apply with a scrimmage between its reserves and walk-ons, the Wildcats’ common gamers get somewhat additional relaxation.

Or, in Kerr Kriisa’s case, a job alternative.

“I believe we discovered one thing right here,” UA coach Tommy Lloyd stated Wednesday, after his level guard officiated a part of one other scrimmage. “I believe perhaps long-term he is bought potential as a ref.”

Little doubt, Kriisa would agree. Whereas the ever-candid junior guard was not obtainable for remark Wednesday, his physique language not surprisingly prompt a self-rating even larger than the “B+” freshman Henri Veesaar gave Kriisa.

“I do not know,” Lloyd stated, when informed of Veesaar’s judgment, smiling. “I am going to have to try the movie in the present day and sit down and consider his efficiency by him. However he is not in need of confidence with the whistle in his mouth by him, for positive.”

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Veesaar stated Kriisa “gave fairly good calls,” although Kriisa did not give the massive freshman any favors despite the fact that they’re each Estonians. In actual fact, Veesaar stated, their bond could have labored in reverse.

“He is undoubtedly tougher on me than different teammates, however I like him,” Veesaar stated. “He has a purpose to be (tougher) … he is aware of me higher than anybody else.”

The entire Wildcats’ reserves besides quasi-starter Cedric Henderson participate within the scrimmages, giving Veesaar and the youthful gamers an opportunity for some additional work whereas additionally giving the regulars some downtime.

Throughout per week equivalent to this one when the Wildcats have Thursday and Saturday Pac-12 video games — Arizona will face Washington at 9 pm Thursday — there’s time within the schedule for the scrimmages.

“We apply Monday, we apply Tuesday, we apply Wednesday and as soon as I really feel snug that these veterans have the plan and what we need to do, I wish to get the youthful guys some stay reps,” Lloyd stated. “It is nothing extra difficult than that.”






Arizona ahead Azuolas Tubelis has been named to the Wood Award’s midseason watch record.


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Tubelis named to Wood midseason record

UA ahead Azuolas Tubelis was named to the Wood Award’s 25-player preseason watch record.

Additionally a number one contender for the Pac-12’s Participant of the 12 months award, Tubelis is averaging 20.1 factors and eight.7 rebounds thus far whereas capturing 60.5% from the sector. He is ranked No. 7 on Kenpom’s analytically engineered Participant of the 12 months record.

UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez was the one different Pac-12 participant named to the Wood watch record was

One other rim protector

After ASU heart Warren Washington swatted away three UA photographs within the Wildcats’ 69-60 win at Tempe on Saturday, the Wildcats will face one other shot-blocker on Thursday in 7-foot-1 Washington heart Braxton Meah.

Solely Meah may even have a 2-3 zone protection wrapped round him.

“Anytime you have got a professional goalie on the again finish of your defence, it makes it onerous,” Lloyd stated. “You may run an awesome play and subsequent factor you are capturing over a 7-footer. It is robust to play towards.”

Lloyd stated it was unlucky for Washington that Oregon switch Franck Kepnang is out for the season with a knee harm as a result of the Huskies have been “creating issues” with two shot-blockers till Kepnang was misplaced on Dec. 1.

Whereas ASU’s Washington has blocked 9.7% of opponents’ photographs when he is on the ground, the twenty second greatest block share in Division I, Meah blocks photographs 7.7% of the time and Kepnang blocked 8.9 earlier than his harm.

scary sight

As a result of they each had coaches’ radio exhibits to do Monday night time, neither Lloyd nor Washington coach Mike Hopkins initially noticed the collapse of Buffalo Payments participant Damar Hamlin throughout a “Monday Evening Soccer” recreation at Cincinnati.

However additionally they could not keep away from listening to about it.

“I used to be going to the coach’s present final night time and once I walked in, I stated, ‘Oh, who’s profitable the sport?’ And so they have been all wanting on the display going… they could not imagine it,” Hopkins stated. “It places issues in perspective fairly fast.”

Lloyd stated he and announcer Brian Jeffries have been doing his coaches present at when he seen on a TV display that “the sport form of paused.”

“We did not even form of notice what was happening,” Lloyd stated. “It is simply heartbreaking. I am hoping this younger man pulls by way of.”

Hopkins stated he deliberate to speak to the Huskies concerning the incident.

“It is fairly scary that it may possibly occur to any of us,” Hopkins stated, saying he would observe to “say your prayers, be blessed. Be glad about what you have got as a result of tomorrow just isn’t promised. Our ideas and prayers are with him and his household.”

Contact sports activities reporter Bruce Pascoe at bpascoe@tucson.com. On Twitter: @brucepascoe

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