Athletic Director Dave Strack brought in Ben Lindsey to replace Fred Snowden in 1983, and on the surface, it seemed like a reasonable move. They took down Eastern Illinois, Butler, Mississippi, Illinois, and Michigan State, only to be stopped by Duke in the title game.  Under players Steve Kerr, Kenny Lofton and Sean Elliott, Arizona spent much of the season ranked No. List of Arizona Wildcats in the NBA Draft, "NBA Draft Picks From University of Arizona", "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers Index", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Arizona_Wildcats_in_the_NBA_draft&oldid=943198512, Arizona Wildcats men's basketball players, Lists of National Basketball Association draftees by college basketball team, Articles with dead external links from December 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Selected to an All-Star Game and won an NBA/ABA championship, This page was last edited on 29 February 2020, at 13:28. Simon and another former Arizona player, Quinton … Once upon a time, Steve Kerr was the epitome of Arizona basketball. 0 of 50. Arizona hired Sean Miller from Xavier University to fill the head coaching position. In his later years at UA, Olson fielded competitive teams with extremely talented point guards. 10 attempts): 6 Players tied at 100.00, Rebounds In A Game: Bob Elliott vs. ASU (2/2/74), 25, Assists In A Game: Russell Brown at Utah (1/21/78), 15, Steals In A Game: Mike Bibby vs. Texas (12/9/96), 8, Blocks In A Game: In A Game: Grant Jerrett & Deandre Ayton, 6, Minutes Played In A Game: Allonzo Trier at USC (1/9/16), 53, Most Points In NCAA Debut: Eric Money vs. Cal State Bakersfield (11/29/72), 37. Arizona has a long and rich basketball history. For his third season, Arizona's 2011 recruiting class was ranked 7th, notably signing Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner. The Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.  Also, the performance of the two schools influences the national opinion of the conference. ", If Arizona is beating an opponent by a comfortable margin late in the game, the band and students will chant "Go start the bus!" Coniel Norman . Arizona joined the former Pac-8 conference in 1978 to create the Pac-10 conference with rival Arizona State. You! and NCAA postseason tournaments. To date, one Wildcats’ coach has won the National Coach-of-the-Year award: Lute Olson twice, in 1988 and 1990. What will he be able to do as his body deteriorates? Before every game, the band splits into four sections in the four sides of McKale Center. There have been 71 Arizona basketball players to play in the NBA, let’s take a look at the Top 5 NBA careers of them all. In the interest of sportsmanship, though, the Athletic Department is attempting to phase this tradition out. Feel free to add any Wildcat freshmen, NBA rookies, or Arizona alumni missing from the list. A cross, "†", indicates player did not begin his college career at Arizona. Ivan Radenovic. Finally, he was the first coach to lead Arizona to a national ranking. The 1983 team finished with the worst season in school history at 4–24, with only one Pac-10 win. It enjoys great diversity with one quarter of the state possessing Indian reservations. An asterisk, "*", Indicates player did not finish his college career at Arizona. Select the third team from the drop down menu.  The UCLA-Arizona basketball rivalry is still seen as the match up of the two premier teams in the conference. ... Limited spots remain for the Prep Girls Hoops Arizona Top 250 Expo! 1 and made their first (and Olson's second) Final Four. The on-court engineer of Arizona's 1997 NCAA title, Miles Simon has picked up another ring.  Miller would add to the season's success by guiding the Cats to their first Elite Eight appearance since the 2004–2005 Season as a 5-seed. Arizona can also lay claim to several individual achievements for both players and coaches: Arizona also holds several other NCAA records and various additional accomplishments: Note Since then, the two schools competed for the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Championship every year, with the two teams winning 22 out of the 30 conference titles, and 8 of 17 conference tournament titles. Still Coach Olsen earned the respect of his contemporary, Coach K said in the post game interview that "Arizona had a great team and an amazing season and was worthy of winning the championship, lets give a hand to Coach Olsen and his team."