I've only started watching us again the past few years after a long layoff. It was the year of Ayton and IMO they were not fun to watch. There was this feeling a number of them were doing just enough to get to the NBA and there was very little team unity. Even our style of play was boring.
I only watched the second half last night and I was ready to see the same thing with Green and Mannion and Co. Lots of hype but slow methodical play and a bunch of one and done's looking to the NBA. This team is the antithesis of the Ayton team. This team is a complete 180 from last years cast of not quite good enough players. Holy cow were they fun to watch. We are loaded with a bunch of talented kids all over the floor and everyone of them appears to be confident but not cocky and they look hungry.
Green and Mannion are the real deal but Nnaji best represents the essence of this years team. Nnaji isn't consider our first or second best freshman. They are young and there will be ups and downs this year but there is no question the talent is there and they appear to have the heart and work ethic to go with it. Maybe a Michigan Fab 4 style run?
It even appears as if Miller has changed his coaching to maximize the talent and skill set of the players. Green is constantly looking for transition points. It's only NAU but they completely ran them out of the house.
Interesting... welcome back!
Miller totally shat the bed last year with the recruiting class. Williams is not AZ good, The kid from UNC was never coming here, scandal or not, and he scrambled... That continued a trend of him totally missing on recruits (Akot, Aklins, et al) and that left Ayton with no one to play with.
Ayton=Olajuwan, IMO... no one he played with at AZ will play in the NBA, except Trier - who is an undrafted fluke and happened to land at one of the 2 teams so desperate he got PT.
Miller is not Lute, not even close. He is also not Altman, Enfield or Hopkins. Last night was the first time since Lute left that I have any real hope for AZ basketball, we actually have talent and depth galore... can't wait to see how he screws it up.