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Rawle Alkins’ Promotion to Bulls Give Arizona Wildcats 12 Players in NBA, 10 from Sean Miller Era


Sean Miller is averaging one NBA player a season in his 10 years at Arizona while Lute Olson still has two pros in the league despite the fact he last coached the Wildcats 11 years ago.

Rawle Alkins’ call up to the Chicago Bulls on Friday makes it 12 former Arizona players in the NBA overall. The two from the Olson era are Golden State’s Andre Iguodala and Cleveland’s Channing Frye.

Jason Terry (19-year NBA veteran) and Richard Jefferson (17 years) — the two longest standing Arizona players in the NBA — are no longer in the league.

Alkins, a rookie who went undrafted, was averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a game for the Bulls’ G-League affiliate Windy City at the time of his call-up.

Other former Miller-recruited players at Arizona are thriving in other pro leagues (see list below).

Notables:

Kyle Fogg, who was recruited to Arizona by Olson’s staff but played under Miller, collected his third triple-double of the season (and second in last three games) in China by posting 43 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists yesterday for Guangzhou.

Kyle Fogg is producing phenomenal numbers in China (Guangzhou photo)

— Since returning to the Austin Spurs from free agency on Nov. 18, Nick Johnson has averaged 21.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game on 45 percent shooting from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range on 5.7 attempts per game.

Jerryd Bayless, another Olson-recruited player but did not play under the coach, was traded from Philadelphia to Minnesota in the recent Jimmy Butler trade. He has still yet to play for the Timberwolves because of a sprained knee.

Chance Comanche has yet to play for the Serbian pro team KK Partizan after playing last season in the G League. Comanche is a teammate of Anthony Brown’s with KK Partizan. Brown, of Los Angeles, was a one-time Arizona recruiting target who played with Stanford.

Arizona Players In The Pros

Source: RealGM.com

Player Pos HT WT League Team GP PPG RPG APG
Kyle Fogg PG 6-3 183 Chinese CBA Guangzhou Long-Lions 19 32.8 8.2 6.7
Nick Johnson SG 6-3 200 G League Spurs 10 21.8 4.0 6.0
Mark Lyons G 6-1 200 Lebanese Division A Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut 4 20.8 2.8 4.0
Kobi Simmons PG 6-5 166 G League Charge 4 16.1 3.5 3.1
Aaron Gordon F 6-9 220 NBA Orlando Magic 26 16.0 7.4 2.9
DeAndre Ayton C 7-1 250 NBA Phoenix Suns 29 15.5 10.0 2.5
Gabe York SG 6-3 184 G League Magic 14 15.1 3.4 2.9
Kadeem Allen G 6-3 200 G League Knicks 18 14.8 5.1 5.2
Daniel Dillon F 6-3 197 French LNB Pro B Paris Basketball 8 14.8 5.4 5.9
Grant Jerrett PF 6-10 232 Japanese B.League Aishin Sea Horses 9 14.6 7.7 1.7
Lauri Markkanen SF 7-0 240 NBA Chicago Bulls 6 13.8 6.0 0.8
Mark Tollefsen F 6-9 199 Israeli BSL Maccabi Ashdod 1 13.0 4.0 1.0
Derrick Williams F 6-8 240 German BBL Bayern Munich 16 12.3 4.1 0.6
Allonzo Trier SG 6-5 200 NBA New York Knicks 27 11.3 3.1 1.9
R. Hollis-Jefferson SF 6-7 217 NBA Brooklyn Nets 26 9.9 5.9 1.8
Stanley Johnson G 6-7 245 NBA Detroit Pistons 22 9.6 4.5 1.3
Kaleb Tarczewski C 7-0 250 Italian Lega Basket Serie A EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 21 6.5 5.0 0.4
Ryan Anderson F 6-9 235 G League Blue Coats 13 6.5 7.2 1.0
T.J. McConnell G 6-2 190 NBA Philadelphia 76ers 24 5.9 1.8 2.9
Andre Iguodala SF 6-6 215 NBA Golden State Warriors 25 4.8 3.2 2.9
Solomon Hill SF 6-7 225 NBA New Orleans Pelicans 18 4.1 3.3 1.3
Dusan Ristic C 7-0 245 Serbian KLS KK Crvena Zvezda 18 3.6 2.1 0.2
Channing Frye F/C 7-0 255 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 10 2.9 2.0 0.3
Kyryl Natyazhko C 6-11 275 Ukrainian Superleague Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 16 2.7 2.9 0.6
Keanu Pinder PF 6-9 220 Polish TBL Legia Warszawa 5 1.0 1.6 0.0
Rawle Alkins SG 6-5 225 NBA Chicago Bulls 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Jerryd Bayless G 6-3 210 NBA Minnesota Timberwolves - - - -
Chance Comanche C 6-10 210 Serbian KLS KK Partizan - - - -


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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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