Posted by ArizonaFan on December 09, 20 at 15:27:33:
In Reply to: In high school I was the 12th player on... posted by Oside Devil on December 09, 20 at 10:21:16:
Miller has always had a few walk-ons, more than Lute ever had. During the early years, Lute had no walk-ons. But college basketball changed and no longer guys 11-13 stayed if they didn't play. They transferred, which meant the need for walk-ons who knew the system and could be practice fodder. Starting in the mid-90's, even Lute had a walk-on or two, including the most famous, Josh Pastner.
Miller likes to let his end-of-bench player have fun, because as he sees it, the very few and far between minutes these kids get are the reward for all the hard work they put in practice. But it's not like Arizona is pushing tempo and running during these final minutes.
And yes, when a walk-on hits a shot in an actual game, it is not only a reward, it is perhaps, the highlight of his life. Not too many people say they scored in an actual NCAA basketball game, and I'm sure if anyone was given the opportunity to walk-on on a D1 basketball team, and get some precious minutes, they'd want to shoot it.
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