When faced with the challenge of restoring prestige to Arizona Wildcats basketball, head coach Sean Miller stepped up to the plate and has done exactly that.
There is no hiding the passion to coach for Miller, and that he gets from his father. John Miller taught his son the discipline of coaching during his time as a high school coach in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Now, both of John’s sons, Sean and Archie have head coaching jobs at the collegiate level. Sean’s brother, Archie, is currently the head man of the Dayton Flyers.
For Sean Miller, the recipe for success is recruiting the right players. Sounds easy enough. That’s hardly the case though. Only a select few are known as top-notch recruiters, and it is no coincidence that they are the more successful programs, such as John Calipari at Kentucky, Bill Self at Kansas, and Mike Krzyzewski at Duke.
After a great class a season ago, Sean Miller really outdid himself when he landed Aaron Gordon. Gordon is a unique and special talent in the front court. Eight games into his collegiate career, Gordon has averaged 13 points and 9 boards per contest.
Despite the popular belief that Miller struck lucky with Gordon, it seems as though that is not the case with the No.8 ranked recruiting class headed to Tuscon next year. Next year’s recruits are highlighted by star forward Stanley Johnson out of Mater Dei High School in California.
After beating Duke in late November, the Wildcats cemented themselves as contenders to make a deep tournament run come March. With the size of 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski inside, the stellar point guard play of the transfer from Duquesne, T.J. McConnell, and the explosive combo guard Nick Johnson all along side of Gordon, Arizona will give any team a run for their money on any given night.
With Sean Miller’s ability to recruit and the amount of respect that he gets from his players, that will likely be a common theme for years to come.