While one big focus of Arizona's summer practices and exhibition swing to the Bahamas was largely about working in the Wildcats' four freshmen and transfer guard Mark Lyons, coach Sean Miller found something else was gained.
He said after his team's final game in Nassau that Kevin Parrom and Jordin Mayes especially benefited, too, after dealing with injuries last season.
Parrom was shot in his leg before last season, then suffered a broken foot in late January; Mayes was off to a slow start last season after offseason foot surgery, then was limited by a stress fracture late last season.
But both players appeared to be playing at full strength in the Bahamas. While the stats of Arizona's two games are difficult to read into because of the light competition, both players were statistically among the Wildcats' most productive.
Parrom shot 13 of 20 from the field and made 6 of 10 three-pointers over the two games, while averaging 18.5 points, five assists and 3.5 turnovers.
Mayes shot 4 for 10 overall and 3 for 5 from three-point range, while averaging 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 0.5 turnovers.
"They worked very hard this year and used this trip to get both feet on the ground," Miller said on a video released by Arizona. "It was great to see Kevin the way he shot the ball, and Jordin the way he moved. To me, he did a little bit of everything. It was great to see those guys take advantage of the trip."
-- Lyons also stood out statistically. He tied Parrom as the team's leading scorer over the two games, with 18 points against the Real Deal Shockers and 19 against the Bahamas All-Stars. Lyons made 13 of 19 field goals (68.4 percent) total and hit 8 of 12 threes in the two games. He also had 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and only 0.5 turnovers.
-- Brandon Ashley missed only one field goal the entire weekend, making 12 of 13 shots, and averaged 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.
-- Nick Johnson averaged 5.0 assists and 2.5 turnovers, along with 10.5 points.
-- Solomon Hill averaged 11.5 points but made only 3 of 10 three pointers. He also did not start the Wildcats' first game.
-- Transfer Matt Korcheck dunked twice in the final game. The transfer from Cochise College is scheduled to voluntarily redshirt this season. "When I get a chance, I've gotta make the best of the few minutes I get," he said on a video released by UA.
Kaleb Tarczewski said the highlight of the trip was hanging out with his new teammates and enjoying the Atlantis resort waterslide. "It was real fun," he said on a video released by UA.
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