Following the Fogg
In six days, Arizona will open 2011-12 with its first regular-season game. The team is focused on defending its conference championship and being in the hunt for the national championship.
Senior guard Kyle Fogg, the most experienced player on the roster with 104 games played in his career, is putting in the effort to help his teammates improve their skills,and adapting to his new role as a leader.
“It feels great to be one of the most experienced guys out here,” Fogg said. “I’m going to try and bring that experience to the team. I’m trying to help everybody get better.”
His senior campaign is the third with head coach Sean Miller. The Wildcat mentor likes what he has seen of the 6-3 product of Brea, Calif.
“Kyle has been a great leader,” said Miller. “He has worked very hard, and to me he is as prepared as any senior I’ve seen.”
Recognizing his leadership position on the team, Fogg wants to lead by example, showing his teammates that if they work hard they can have a phenomenal season.
“I practice hard every day and I’m just trying to get everybody pumped in practice.”
The 2011-12 Wildcats, like many other teams at this point, are a work in progress. In addition to 11 returning lettermen, Arizona will count on the contributions of four freshmen in Angelo Chol, Nick Johnson, Sidiki Johnson, and Josiah Turner.
Often, the transition from high school to college can be an eye-opening one, but this quartet is definitely making progress.
We’re welcoming in four freshmen who are learning what Arizona is like and the difference between college and high school,” said Miller. “To me, each one of them has made progress since school began, and I’m anxious to see each one of them out there every day now.”
As Fogg said of the transition, “We know those guys are talented. We aren’t sure about how good we’re going to be just yet, but we’re working to get better every day.”
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