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Catching up with Arizona Wildcats in the pros: 28 players in 11 different countries

Many college hoops programs would love to simply have 11 former players in the pro ranks.

Arizona has some of its past players competing in 11 different countries.

Thirteen of them are in the United States playing in the NBA and D-League.

The other countries featuring former Wildcats include China, Israel, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Panama, Spain and Lithuania.

The total of former Arizona players in the pros is currently 28, eight of whom played their entire Arizona careers under Lute Olson. That’s impressive because Olson’s last season as an active coach was 2006-07.

The number of recruited players now in the pros by Olson and Sean Miller is at 14 each.

The most interesting developments this season include Grant Jerrett and Kaleb Tarczewski leaving the D-League to play overseas — Jerrett in China and Tarczewski in Italy.

Tarczewski joins Jesse Perry in Italy. Mustafa Shakur and Nick Johnson are in Germany. Kyle Fogg and former teammate Chase Budinger are in Spain. Ryan Anderson and Ivan Radenovic are in Belgium.

This video shows Johnson adapting to playing in Germany. He said the experience reminds of him playing at Arizona because his team is close on and off the court.

The following are updated stats of Arizona’s 28 players in professional basketball. This list does not include players who transferred from Arizona to another college program such as Daniel Bejarano (Ukraine), Angelo Chol (Portugal) and Lamont Jones (Montenegro).


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FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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