Aari McDonald’s No. 2 Arizona jersey is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in its Underdogs Display, noting those who have experienced an achievement against great odds.
McDonald led the Wildcats to their first national championship appearance April 4 against Stanford after upsetting top seed UConn in the Final Four.
The Hall of Fame also noted in a tweet McDonald’s remarkable feat of scoring in double-digits in 93 consecutive games, which spanned her Arizona career of three years after transferring from Washington.
We would like to thank @AariMcDonald and @ArizonaWBB for the great addition to our underdogs display. Aari McDonald led Arizona to their first ever National Championship appearance and ended her college career scoring double-digits in 93 consecutive games. #HOFArtifact pic.twitter.com/GMbiRoFcyi
— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) May 5, 2021
McDonald always played bigger than her listed 5-foot-6 height throughout her three years in Adia Barnes’ program.
She was not a five-star recruit out of Fresno’s Bullard High School, although she was rated the No. 7 point guard in the nation by ProspectsNation.com.
Her career at Arizona exemplified underdog success with the Wildcats beating top 5 teams for the first time, ranked their highest at No. 6 and making their first NCAA Tournament in 16 years.
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