For the first time in its history, the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award can include freshmen and transfers, and in this, the year of the freshman, the list is loaded with first-year players.
The task awaiting Sean Miller when he arrived at Arizona was two-pronged, and complicated: Build for the present and repair some damage with the past. That meant winning and making former coach Lute Olson feel welcome again. He's done both.
Neither Arizona coach Sean Miller nor Kansas coach Bill Self has a strong indication of where his team is at this juncture in the season. They'll have a better idea after their teams meet in the Las Vegas Invitational final.
The first part in a two-month series examining offseason coaching changes looks at new Arizona coach Sean Miller, who is charged with the task of providing stability and calm to the Wildcats after a tumultuous few years.
This past season's freshman crop was unique. Don't expect the one-and-dones to be as prevalent in college hoops this coming season. But it doesn't take much to turn the youngsters to the NBA draft, writes Dana O'Neil.