PGU is counting down our 25 greatest Wildcats of all time. To see the honorable mention and how the rankings are formulated, click here.
#25: Hassan Adams (35.08 points)
#24: Sean Rooks (35.29 points)
#23: Anthony Cook (35.74 points)
#22: Al Fleming (37.31 points)
#21: Chase Budinger (37.52 points)
#20: Loren Woods (37.57)
#19: Michael Wright (37.85)
#18: Jud Buechler (38.07)
#16: Derrick Williams (40.31)
#17: Salim Stoudamire (39.15)
Time as a Wildcat
Not many players that have ever put on an Arizona jersey had as sweet a stroke as Salim Stoudamire. He made everything on the court look oh so effortless and had a knack for buzzer beaters. He was the ideal score-first guard that will always remain one of the most popular Wildcats of all time.
Stoudamire arrived in Tucson International Airport with high expectations, partly because of a stellar career at Lake Oswego High School (Oregon) and of course his surname made him an easy fan favorite. He quickly established himself as a starter on Arizona’s talented 2001-2002 team. His 12.8 scoring average earned him Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
As a sophomore, he continued to shoot well from all over the court, particularly from behind the arc. Then in his junior year, he scored 16.3 points per game, second on the team. He also averaged three assists, showing that he while was a score-first guard, he could distribute the ball.
In his final year at Arizona, Stoudamire broke Steve Kerr’s single season record of made three pointers, draining down a school record 120 treys. More impressively, he made over half of his attempts from behind the arc, a .504 percentage to be exact. Not surprisingly, that led the NCAA. In the Cats’ Sweet 16 game against Oklahoma State with seconds remaining, he knocked down his signature jumper, giving Arizona the win. Unfortunately, his last game at PGU was also one of his worst and he left the school without ever reaching the Final Four.
Career After Arizona
Stoudamire was the 31st pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, selected by Atlanta.. He played three seasons with the Hawks, averaging eight points. Most recently, he was playing in the D-League with the Reno Bighorns.
Although Stoudamire never reached college basketball’s Promise Land, he had an unforgettable career at Arizona. He can be found all over the school record book. Most notably, he ranks second in free throw percentage, second in three point shooting percentage, first in made three pointers, and fourth in points scored.