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Wildcats add walk-on before game against Texas Southern

Posted: 1:43 PM, Nov 30, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-30 20:43:05Z
Arizona Basketball has added freshman Kory Jones, a 6-foot-3inch guard from Herdon, Virginia, as a walk-on to this year's team. 
 
Jones was a member of the Westfield Bulldogs' first-ever 6A state championship team a season ago.  He scored ten or more points on ten different occasions a year ago for Westfield HS with a career-high of 20 points versus Yorktown High.
 
Tonight, the Wildcats host Texas Southern, a team they defeated in the round of 64 in the 2005 NCAA tournament.
 
"I think they are a team that this year, and I'm sure they feel this way, has every reason to believe that they should be in this year's NCAA tournament field," said Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller. "They have an outstanding backcourt. They have one of the best athletes I've seen in Derrick Griffin."
 
Griffin is shooting 77% from the field for the Tigers, who come into the game 4-2. All six of their games have been on the road.
 
The Wildcats are coming off their first loss of the season, a 69-65 defeat to Butler in which Lauri Markkanen fouled out, picking up ticky tack fouls while hedging ball screens.
 
"This is to Butler's credit," said Miller. "It's also not Lauri's fault as well. This is his sixth college game. He wanted to do things the right way, and in his best attempt to do it and get their he was late, and when you're late, a lot of times you'll foul."
 
Miller is confident his 16th ranked Wildcats will not be looking ahead to their game, Saturday, against 8th ranked Gonzaga in Los Angeles.
 
"We were in a one possession game against Chico State, Cal State Bakersfield, Santa Clara, and the red-blue game. We've got to fight like hell to win."