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07:23 AM ET 10.08 | If Arizona opens the season as the class of the Pac-12, its chief competition may come from Oregon, Colorado and UCLA. The latter features new coach Steve Alford and lacks former star Shabazz Muhammad, who turned pro. The Bruins, however, have a promising crew. A key component in that potential is Tony Parker, a former McDonald's All-American. Parker was a member of the top-rated recruiting class that joined the program last season. But he failed to match the hype mostly because he couldn't stay in shape. ... Per Alford, Parker has worked hard to erase last season's shortcomings and prepare for a bigger role in 2013-14. That bigger role, however, will be played by a slimmer Parker. "Well, Tony's had a really good offseason," Alford told ESPN.com on Monday. "He's lost 20, 25 pounds."

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