Sean Miller’s former Arizona players come to his defense amid FBI scandal
As Arizona head coach Sean Miller’s name has reached the forefront of the college basketball recruiting scandal, former players have jumped to his defense.
On Feb. 23, it was reported that Miller was caught on an FBI wiretap discussing a payment of $100,000 for Arizona to earn a commitment from Deandre Ayton.
While the reactions of some stand against Miller, those who played for Miller have advocated for their former coach.
Aaron Gordon – forward (2013-14)
The only one-and-done on this list, Gordon played on the first of Sean Miller’s back-to-back Elite Eight teams. He was selected fourth overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.
“Sean Miller was nothing but great for me and especially the guys that were on that team: T.J. [McConnell], myself, Rondae [Hollis-Jefferson],” Gordon told the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins. “He was nothing but great — just upstanding, just a role model and a great coach, a great person.”
Kyle Fogg – guard (2008-12)
Fogg was not recruited by Sean Miller. He began his career in Arizona while Miller finished his last year at Xavier.
As a junior, Fogg was pivotal to Miller reaching his first Elite Eight with Arizona.
Gabe York – guard (2012-16)
York reached the Elite Eight twice with Miller. During his time with the Wildcats, York was one of the top sharpshooters in the Pac-12, averaging 41 percent from deep as an upperclassman.
T.J. McConnell – guard (2013-15)
After transferring from Duquesne, McConnell stepped into a starting guard spot and went 67-9 in two years at Arizona. A hard-nosed player, McConnell was key to the defensive success Arizona has had under Miller.
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