There are a number of great basketball players from the University of Arizona.
Before I mention my list, it is important to note that I was able to find the statistics using the source presented at the end of the article.
Here is my list of the top 10 basketball players from the university:
#10: Chase Budinger
The first basketball player on my list is Chase Budinger . Budinger, who played college basketball at the school from 2006-2009, was a decent player. In 2009, he was a member of the All-Pac-10 First Team. He currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves as a small forward.
#9: Mike Bibby
Although Mike Bibby never lived up to his potential as a professional basketball player, he was impressive in college. Bibby helped Arizona win the 1997 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. He also was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1998. For having such a great college career, he was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies as the second overall pick. Bibby ended up having a lackluster professional basketball career as he was never selected to an NBA All-Star Game.
#8: Damon Stoudamire
Another talented basketball player from the University of Arizona is Damon Stoudamire. In 1995, Stoudamire was named Pac-10-Player of the Year for having an impressive college basketball season. As for his NBA career, he was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1996, and played for four teams.
#7: Jason Terry
Jason Terry is another talented basketball player from the University of Arizona. Terry helped the college basketball team win the 1997 NCAA Championship. He was also an All-American in 1999. The guard has had an above-average professional career. He currently plays for the Sacramento Kings.
#6: Derrick Williams
One basketball player who could move up this list in the future is Derrick Williams. Williams was a Consensus second team All-American in 2011, and also the Pac-10 Player of the Year in the same year. Out of college, the forward was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the second overall selection. He has not lived up to expectations so far in his professional career, but he could play in an All-Star Game in the future.
#5: Gilbert Arenas
It could be argued that Gilbert Arenas should be considered the best basketball player from the University of Arizona. Moreover, during his NBA career, he was a three-time NBA All-Star. However, he is ranked as the fifth best player from the school because he did not have an impressive college career. In fact, he was selected as the 30th overall player in the 2001 NBA Draft. Arenas also is 32-years-old, and the last time he played in the NBA was during the 2012 NBA season. In short, if he played more seasons, he probably would have been ranked higher.
#4: Jason Gardner
I should probably rank Jason Gardner as one of the top eight basketball players from the University of Arizona. Gardner was not even drafted coming out of college. He did, however, have a stellar college basketball career. For instance, he holds many school records for college basketball. He played in 136 games, started in every game he played except for one, and played a staggering 4,825 minutes. Moreover, he had fantastic averages: 14.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. He was a great offensive and defensive player. It should be noted that he had success as an international basketball player.
#3: Sean Elliott
From 1985 to 1989, Sean Elliott was one of the best college basketball players in the nation. He was a two-time Consensus first team All-American, won the John R. Wooden Award in 1989, and the AP Player of the Year in the same year. He also had a very good NBA career; in fact, he was a two-time All-Star.
#2: Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala, who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors, deserves to be considered one of the best from the University of Arizona. He played for the school from 2002-2004, and was a member of the All-Pac-10 First Team in 2004. As for his NBA career, Iguodala has been one of the best basketball players at defense since he started his career. He was also an All-Star in 2012.
#1: Steve Kerr
The last basketball player on my list is Steve Kerr. The tremendous 3-point shooter played for the University of Arizona from 1983 to 1988; and his number, 25, was retired by the university. He deserves to be ranked as the best as he helped the Chicago Bulls win five NBA titles.
“Arizona Wildcats,” Yahoo! Sports.