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Wildcats host San Diego State, Perry garners time at center

Juni Nelson
Janice Biancavilla/ Daily Wildcat UA vs. Ball State on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. Wildcats win 73-63.

After going 1-1 in the 2K Sports Classic in New York, the No. 23 Arizona Wildcats will host San Diego State tonight in McKale Center.

“They have a number of players that can play,” head coach Sean Miller said. “(They’re) well coached, believe in what they do, and to me will be the biggest challenge of our young season.”

The Aztecs are currently 5-1 and went to the Sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA tournament after being seeded No. 2 in the West Regional. They tied for the Mountain West Conference Championship and won the conference tournament. However, SDSU lost five players from last year’s squad, including Kawhi Leonard, who was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in June.

“They’re probably not as talented or experienced as they were last year,” Miller said. “Their experience is a little bit deceiving. I think they have great balance, a number of guys that can score.”

The Aztecs have a young corps of guards that average double-figures, led by sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin’s 18 points per game. Juniors Chase Tapley, James Rahon and sophomore Xavier Thames round out SDSU’s shooting threats.

The game tips at 6:30 p.m.

Perry steps in at center

The Wildcats are still adjusting to their new players and roles this season, compensating for injuries that have changed Miller’s lineup.

“Everybody has the natural talent, we just have to pull it all together as one,” forward Jesse Perry said.

The senior is making adjustments of his own, finding playing time at the 5 position for the Wildcats, something that Miller said would continue for the rest of the season.

“The biggest thing is probably learning the plays because when we played this past weekend, Jesse didn’t have any experience with the five,” center Alex Jacobson said about Perry’s play on Friday.

Miller said he and the coaching staff need to do a better job of catching the senior up and giving the offense more options when Perry plays center. Miller said Perry only knows about 20 percent of the plays at that position.

“To this point when (Perry’s) been at the five we almost do the best we can,” Miller said. “And one of the reasons is, we haven’t had a lot of practice time … that’s not what we want to do. We want to be organized.”

Miller said that Perry would continue to see time at center because it gives him the opportunity to get time with other players that he might not otherwise.

“I don’t think that’s the answer for 40 minutes … In games, we’ve had to play our best five (players),” Miller said. “That’s what we’re all trying to do as coaches, put that best group out there.”

Men’s basketball social media rules won’t change

On Sunday, forward Kevin Parrom’s Facebook account was hacked. The unknown hacker uploaded pictures, posted multiple status updates throughout the day and changed his profile picture.

Miller said he’s “sure it’s true” that Parrom’s account was hacked, and despite the incident, his team’s rules about social media wouldn’t change.

“We’re working to address it,” Miller said. “It’s a crazy world that we live in.

“I would like to take their phone, their Facebook, their Twitter, their freedom, their keys to their room, their car, and send them all to the same building on a Friday night. But part of the world we live in is that age group 19-22 or 23, there’s a lot of things happening in their lives,” Miller continued.

Miller has previously enforced social media hiatuses for players during last season’s NCAA tournament run.

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Center Alex Jacobson said he is healthy after returning from the Wildcats’ trip to New York. Jacobson was suffering from back spasms that kept him out of the Wildcats’ first four games. He played five minutes in his first appearance of the season in Arizona’s game against Mississippi State.

Jacobson said he reinjured his back in October after standing up to leave after a class ended.

“It just kind of popped out of place,” he said. “It kind of goes out when it wants to.”

Miller said that both Jacobson and Parrom have “no setbacks right now.”

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