During a 35-minute media session today, Sean Miller expressed some optimism about getting guys back in the short run … and some long-run concern over the one-and-done rule:

Miller expanded on his statement Saturday that guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright is ahead of schedule on recovering from a high ankle sprain he suffered Nov. 30, saying it’s possible he could even return as early as UA’s Dec. 30 Pac-12 opener at Cal.

“But I also think it’s possible that isn’t the case,” Miller added.

The rough timeline for PJC was 4-8 weeks and Dec 30 would be just over the four-week mark.

“I don’t believe it’s in the cards for him to be out eight,” Miller said. “What the actual time is we’ll find out more and more. He’s gonna find out a few things today. He’s approaching the three-week mark. As Justin (Kokoskie, UA athletic trainer) mentioned, on high ankle sprains you can’t predict how quickly people recover.

"With Parker, you lose a lot of your strength there. But he’s been about let get that strength back. ... He’s able to get in the gym now by himself and get in a 40-minute workout so all of those are good signs and I think it’s going to point to him making an earlier comeback.”

As is often the case, UA began today’s press conference by saying the Allonzo Trier situation wouldn’t be commented on, but in discussing injuries, Miller was hopeful of returning his "whole team."