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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 12:47 pm

Tenth-ranked Arizona is used to working on a different schedule than most of the country.

The Wildcats' summer vacation was cut short with a trip to the Bahamas in August. While there was time for some fun in the sun, plenty of time was spent on the practice floor. The new NCAA rules also allowed for extra practice time in July.

UA also has an appearance in the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Hawaii scheduled during the Christmas holiday.

But with the Wildcats currently in the middle of a nine-day break between games, senior Solomon Hill said it's not necessarily going to be a time to just rest.

"I think this will be one of our harder weeks as we prepare for another portion of the season," Hill said Monday after UA's 94-72 win over Long Beach State. "As coach tells us, it's not time to rest. It's time to just stay focused and stay after it.

"You really don't get holidays around here, especially when you're playing. The goal is to win, so you can only take so many days off."

Hill said the players will get some film study and individual work in throughout the week. Head coach Sean Miller gave the players Tuesday and Wednesday off, and the plan is to get back to work right after with the exception of Sunday.

As for Thanksgiving, the Wildcats will work their appetites up before sitting down to eat.

"We'll practice before and we'll have Thanksgiving at my house, and then a lot of the guys will have an opportunity to go somewhere else," Miller said. "So we'll do it earlier in the day."

Sharpshooters - but who's the best?

Miller puts the players through a five-minute shooting drill in practice. On both ends of the court, four players hoist as many shots as they can in that span, and the all the baskets count as one.

The goal is to reach 200.

"We've done it probably 15 to 20 times, and every time that we've done that drill we've gotten more than 200 at both ends," Miller said "Not one time have we ever gotten less. It's a function that we have a lot of players that can shoot."

Yes, he does.

Through three games, the Wildcats are shooting 42 percent from the 3-point line. Four players have made at least four long-range baskets, and Kevin Parrom leads the team with seven after a perfect 5-of-5 performance against the 49ers.

So, who's the best shooter?

Miller said it's between Hill, Parrom, Grant Jerrett, Mark Lyons, Jordin Mayes and Gabe York.

"I'm not sure that one is clearly better than the others," Miller said.

Hill said it can change on "any given night."

One player not on that list is Brandon Ashley, a natural small forward playing the four and now starting. The freshman is shooting 64.7 percent - second on the team only to Parrom's 66.7 percent - but has yet to attempt a 3-pointer.

Ashley said his range can extend to the 3-point line, if necessary, but it's not something he is completely comfortable shooting. But Hill added that there are moments in practice where he will surprise the team and make half of the players angry.

"He does it in practice," Hill said. "It kind of pisses you off a little bit. You're like, 'Oh, it's B,' and then it goes in and your team's on the line because he hit a game-changing 3 in practice."

So where would Ashley rank?

"He's not one of the six best shooters. No question about that one," Miller cracked.

He said it

With 15 points in the victory, Hill became the 47th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone in his career.

"I've been here long enough," he said. "I would hope I get 1,000 points."

(Editor's Note: Tracy McDannald is the senior editor for GOAZCATS.com. To get all your news on the University of Arizona Wildcats, visit www.goazcats.com.)

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