Arizona Basketball

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).

WILDCATS INTERNATIONAL

Player Pos HT WT Country Team GP RPG APG PPG
Mark Lyons PG 6-1 200 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 29 2.5 5.9 17.9
Grant Jerrett PF 6-10 233 China Shougang Beijing 18 10.3 1.4 17.8
Ryan Anderson F 6-9 235 Belgium Port of Antwerp Giants 27 7.7 1.2 13.3
Daniel Dillon SG 6-4 193 Japan Hiroshima 47 3.7 2.5 12.4
Jesse Perry F 6-7 217 Italy Universo De'Longhi Treviso 26 9.2 1.7 12.3
Mark Tollefsen F 6-9 199 Estonia BC Kalev-Cramo 44 4.5 1.0 10.9
Kyle Fogg PG 6-3 183 Spain Unicaja Malaga 44 2.8 2.1 10.8
Ivan Radenovic PF 6-10 245 Belgium Proximus Spirou Charleroi 13 3.2 1.8 9.7
Nick Johnson SG 6-3 202 Germany FC Bayern Muenchen 37 2.7 3.1 9.6
Mustafa Shakur SG 6-3 190 Germany S.Oliver Baskets 13 2.3 4.7 9.5
Chase Budinger SF 6-7 215 Spain Laboral Kutxa Baskonia 41 4.1 1.0 6.4
Kaleb Tarczewski C 7-0 213 Italy EA7 Armani 1 1.0 0.0 5.0
Robert Javtokas PF 6-11 247 Lithuania Zalgiris 32 2.4 0.7 3.8
Jamelle Horne PF 6-7 200 Panama Correcaminos 1 7.0 0.0 2.0

WILDCATS IN THE D-LEAGUE

Player Pos HT WT Team GP RPG APG PPG
Gabe York SG 6-3 185 Erie 41 4.3 3.8 16.1

WILDCATS IN THE NBA

Player Pos HT WT Team GP RPG APG PPG
Aaron Gordon F 6-9 220 Magic 71 4.7 1.9 11.9
Jerryd Bayless G 6-3 200 Sixers 3 4.0 4.3 11.0
Channing Frye F 6-11 255 Cavaliers 64 3.8 0.7 9.0
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 6-7 214 Nets 68 5.5 1.9 8.4
Solomon Hill SF 6-7 225 Pelicans 70 3.7 1.8 6.9
Andre Iguodala SF 6-6 207 Warriors 68 3.9 3.4 6.9
T.J. McConnell G 6-2 200 Sixers 71 3.0 6.4 6.6
Derrick Williams F 6-8 240 Cavaliers 43 2.8 0.6 6.6
Richard Jefferson SF 6-7 233 Cavaliers 71 2.6 0.9 5.9
Stanley Johnson G 6-7 245 Pistons 68 2.4 1.3 4.4
Jason Terry G 6-2 185 Bucks 64 1.4 1.4 4.0
Jordan Hill PF 6-10 245 Timberwolves 6 2.2 0.0 1.7

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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 CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, 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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