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Combo point guards

Parker Jackson-Cartwright drives to the basket against Boise State (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics). Parker Jackson-Cartwright drives to the basket against Boise State (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics).
Kadeem Allen slam dunks the basketball in a home win over Northwestern State (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics). Kadeem Allen slam dunks the basketball in a home win over Northwestern State (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sean Miller said at the beginning of this college basketball season that he planned to utilize two players to replace T.J. McConnell at the point guard position for the Arizona Wildcats.

Redshirt junior Kadeem Allen and sophomore Parker Jackson-Cartwright would each get their share of time on the floor running UA’s offensive show.

As a result of that Miller said watchers of A Player’s Program would need to look at the two’s stats in a combined sense.

11 assists-to-zero turnovers? I think that’s what Miller had in mind.

Those were the numbers Allen and Jackson-Cartwright posted Sunday night in the Wildcats 61-42 win over Northwestern State.

And so far this season the numbers in that combined sense have been eye opening.

The two are combining to score 13 points per game. A number that dip from 16 after PJC went scoreless Sunday night and Allen managed just four points.

On the season, Arizona’s two point guards have dished out 35 assists and committed just nine turnovers while shooting better than 50% from the field and over 45% from behind the three-point line.

13 points and nine assists a game from a solo point guard would definitely qualify for All-Pac 12 status.

By comparison last season thru four games, McConnell averaged eight points and seven assists.

Allen right now is the starter, however Jackson-Cartwright has logged slightly more minutes.

Allen is also the Wildcats best defender so eventually you may see him on the floor playing with Jackson-Cartwright when Miller utilizes one of several three-guard lineup rotations he may employ this season.

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