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Arizona Wildcats in the Pros: Catching up with 26 former players here and abroad


Arizona’s former players in professional basketball range from 40-year-old Jason Terry to 20-year-old Kobi Simmons, from playing in China to lacing them up in Canton (Ohio) and from a national championship 21 years ago with Terry to an NBA title last June with Andre Iguodala.

Twenty-six former Wildcats are active, six still from the Lute Olson era despite the Hall of Fame coach coaching his last game almost 11 years ago.

The number would be 28 if Solomon Hill was healthy, but he is missing the entire season with the New Orleans Pelicans because of a torn hamstring injury, and former Olson player Daniel Dillon, a 10-year pro from Australia, is sitting out the season with Melbourne United because of a torn Achilles’ heel.

This video shows Kyle Fogg scoring 113 points in two games in China:

Dillon has lasted this long professionally, also playing in Romania, Poland and Japan, despite being on the fringe of Olson’s rotations throughout his career at Arizona.

Solomon is passing his time taking a Harvard business class.

The top two scorers from Arizona playing professionally are two unlikely players — the workmanlike Kyle Fogg (averaging 35.6 points a game for Guangzhou in China) and the ageless Loren Woods (who at 39 is averaging 21.3 points and 18.3 rebounds a game in Bahrain).

Sean Miller has coached eight of the 12 players in the NBA, some of them having career years.

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon is averaging a career-high 18.4 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Others with career-best numbers are Brooklyn’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14.4 points and 6.5 rebounds a game), Stanley Johnson (8.7 points a game) and fan-favorite T.J. McConnell (7.3 points a game and owner of a triple-double last week).

Five more former Wildcats are in the NBA’s G-League, including 33-year-old guard Mustafa Shakur, a reserve with Oklahoma City. This is the 11th year of Shakur’s pro career, an odyssey that has taken him to Poland, Spain, Greece, France, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Germany and Turkey in addition to what is now his fifth stint in the G-League (formerly the D-League).

When his career is done, Shakur can fall back on to his home care industry that serves seniors, disabled and recovering individuals in native Philadelphia.

The following are updated stats of Arizona’s players in professional basketball. This list does not include players who transferred from Arizona to another college program such as Will Bynum (Turkey), Daniel Bejarano (Finland), Angelo Chol (Japan), Lamont Jones (Germany) and Craig Victor (Rio Grande of the G League). Players in red are Lute Olson-coached players.

WILDCATS INTERNATIONAL (9)

Player Pos HT WT Country Team GP RPG APG PPG
Kyle Fogg PG 6-3 183 China Guangzhou 21 6.0 5.3 35.6
Loren Woods C 7-2 218 Bahrain Al-Hala 24 18.3 2.1 21.3
Derrick Williams F 6-8 240 China Tiajin 15 6.6 1.4 20.0
Jesse Perry F 6-7 217 Italy Pallacanestro 20 8.3 2.1 15.9
Gabe York SG 6-3 185 Germany Bayreuth 38 3.1 2.6 15.8
Mark Tollefsen F 6-9 199 Israel Maccabi 16 6.2 1.2 14.4
Mark Lyons PG 6-1 200 Russia Enisey Krasnoyarsk 29 1.8 3.8 12.2
Kaleb Tarczewski C 7-0 250 Italy EA7 Emporio 29 6.4 0.4 7.3
Ryan Anderson F 6-9 235 Lithuania Pieno Zvaigzdes 11 4.5 0.7 7.1

WILDCATS IN THE G-LEAGUE (5)

Player Pos HT WT Team GP RPG APG PPG
Brandon Ashley F 6-9 230 Texas/Mavericks 33 6.8 1.3 15.4
Grant Jerrett PF 6-10 233 Canton/Cavaliers 3 6.8 1.3 15.3
Nick Johnson SG 6-3 202 Austin/Spurs 37 3.9 3.7 12.4
Chance Comanche C 6-10 210 Memphis/Grizzlies 34 5.3 0.5 8.7
Mustafa Shakur SG 6-3 190 Oklahoma City/Thunder 7 2.0 1.1 3.4

WILDCATS IN THE NBA (12)

Player Pos HT WT Team GP RPG APG PPG
Aaron Gordon F 6-9 220 Magic 39 8.4 2.2 18.4
Lauri Markkanen F 7-0 230 Bulls 51 7.7 1.3 15.3
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 6-7 214 Nets 46 6.5 2.3 14.4
Stanley Johnson G 6-7 245 Pistons 46 3.7 1.6 8.7
Jerryd Bayless G 6-3 200 Sixers 39 2.1 1.4 7.9
T.J. McConnell G 6-2 200 Sixers 49 3.4 4.6 7.4
Andre Iguodala SF 6-6 207 Warriors 49 3.8 3.3 5.4
Channing Frye F 6-11 255 Lakers 45 2.4 0.6 4.8
Kobi Simmons G 6-4 170 Grizzlies 12 1.6 1.0 3.8
Jason Terry G 6-2 185 Bucks 26 0.8 0.8 2.3
Richard Jefferson SF 6-7 233 Nuggets 16 0.9 0.6 1.6
Kadeem Allen G 6-3 200 Celtics 7 0.4 0.1 0.7

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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