TUCSON, Ariz — Chrisitan Koloko is a fan favorite at McKale Center, even if he's not sure why.
"I don't know," said Koloko, laughing inside the Wildcats interview room. "Maybe because I am seven feet."
"He's the best shot blocker on our team," explained head coach Sean Miller. "He's someone who maybe has the biggest upside."
However, early this season, it was tough for Christian Koloko to realize that potential, as he was buried on the bench behind a deep and talent frontcourt.
'It was kind of tough for me just to be sitting on the bench and looking at all the guys playing," said Koloko. "I talked with the coaches and they told me that I have plenty of time, and I should be ready because I might have my chance to play."
That chance happened when senior Stone Getting was injured with a concussion and facial fracture. The freshman from Cameroon was called into action.
"When Stone got hurt, that's when I had more playing time, and I had the opportunity to show I can play and do my job and block shots, rebound the ball, and help my team."
The seven footer responded with big minutes off the bench. And, even with Gettings back in the lineup, Koloko has found a spot in the rotation. He scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in just eleven minutes in the win over ASU.
"We're Arizona and we need to bring in the best team we can bring in," added Miller. "And, I think playing Christian right now is in our best interest."