Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood said the school is fully cooperating with the NCAA but has no timetable on any kind of decision.Final nuggets
• Arizona will be a star-driven team this season. The Wildcats will rely heavily on the big three of juniors Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill and Nic Wise. Budinger must score off the catch, Hill off putbacks in the post and Wise on driving to the hoop."Right now we're going to have to carry a lot of the load," Wise said. "There are freshmen here that are going to have to help us." The freshmen whom Wise singled out were guard Brendon Lavender and center Jeff Withey. Both will have to play. So, too, will senior forward Fendi Onobun, who will need to be the brute force inside; swing forward Jamelle Horne, who will need to be a defensive stopper; and shooter Zane Johnson, who must give Budinger some help with points when he's in the game. "We're real young," Hill said. "The younger guys are going to have to work hard and listen to Coach to play at this level. Some of the guys have had trouble but that's how it was for me my freshman year." The Pac-10 will probably be broken up into three groups: the top tier of UCLA, USC and Arizona State; the middle tier of Washington, Washington State and Arizona; and the lower tier of Oregon, Cal, Stanford and Oregon State. "There's a lot of pressure but I think us three are up to the challenge," said Budinger, who may have to score in the 20-point range each game, three more than his average of 17 a season ago. Jerryd Bayless, the team's top scorer a last season with 20 a game, left for the NBA. • Associate head coach Mike Dunlap had the big men on Monday going through an interesting drill. He tossed various balls at them, starting off with a pingpong ball, a tennis ball, a medicine ball and then a basketball. Junior center Hill said this drill has helped the big men catch entry passes into the post.