Bahn: Wonder What To Expect From UA Basketball? Glance At Razorbacks' Team Photo

by Chris Bahn  on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 8:08 pm  

(Photo by Chris Bahn)

Nobody on the roster will go untested in practice. The team's newcomers — all seven of them — will be pushed and help push others.

Arkansas’ limitations in 2011-12 might have been most apparent on defense. Anderson was forced to use players for what he describes as a “quantity” of minutes, rather than divvying up “quality” minutes.

Ideally, the depth will allow this year’s team to get its best players rested for the most crucial moments. Now a scorer like BJ Young or a shooter like Wade will have the energy to make plays late in games as the grind of the season sets in on the Razorbacks.

“I thought our defense was not very good,” Anderson said. “That had something to do with the depth issues. We kind of hit that wall and it’s hard to guard people — especially the way we wanted to — for 40 minutes.”

It should be noted that Arkansas won’t be at full strength in games to begin the season.

Forward Alandise Harris, a Little Rock product, is awaiting word on his eligibility after transferring from Houston. No word has come from the NCAA yet on the status of Harris. Guard Fred Gulley won’t be eligible until after Christmas.

There is still work to be done in getting Powell back to full strength. He said he’s not quite 100 percent from last year’s knee injury, though he’s getting closer and he could be ready by the Nov. 9 season opener against Sam Houston State.

Still, Anderson has plenty of Razorbacks at his disposal. A slumping player, an offensive liability or defensive loafer won’t be left on the floor simply because there’s nobody left on the bench.

“I’m anxious to see how this team develops,” Anderson said. “But I’ve just got a feeling it’s going to be an exciting team.”



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