Arizona Wildcats Need A Big Season Out of T.J. McConnell

By Trevor Lowry
T.J. McConnell
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Like usual, the Arizona Wildcats will have plenty of talent for the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, transfer T.J. McConnell will have to have a big season.

McConnell managed to score 11.4 points per game and average 5.5 assists per game in the 2011-12 season with Duquesne. It is important to note that he also shot 50.9 percent from the field, 43.2 percent from behind the arc, he averaged 4.4 rebounds per game and he also averaged 2.8 steals per game.

Those are great numbers and having the same production for the Wildcats would be huge.

He does not need to lead the team in scoring, but he does need to set up the offense and be a great field general overall. He has the talent to be one of the best defending guards in the Pac-12–possibly the nation. That may be bold for a player transferring from a school like Duquesne, but the talent is definitely there.

It helps that there will be plenty of great players around him and a great head coach coaching the team in Sean Miller.

Arizona should challenge for a national championship in the upcoming season, but it will look much different than it did this past season. Incoming players making an instant impact would be huge and that could not be any more true about the Wildcats’ new point guard.

Hopefully McConnell can have a big season and hopefully he can help lead his team to a conference title, and who knows, maybe even a national championship.

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