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#18 Greatest Wildcat of All Time: Jud Buechler

May 31st, 2012 News No Comments

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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)

Time as a Wildcat
While Jud Buechler was an elite volleyball player, he could not pass up the opportunity to play at Arizona and help the program gain a new identity. He did just that, as he dominated opposing forwards in the Pac-10 and was a part of the infamous “Wild About The Cats” song, that you may still hear once in a while in Tucson.

The San Diego native formed part of a terrific front court at Arizona in the late ‘80s. While he only averaged 4.5 points in his freshman season, he made an immediate impact coming off the bench.

Then as a sophomore, he again didn’t see a lofty statline but was an important role player in Arizona’s Final Four run.

In his final two seasons, he was given more of a leading role. He averaged 11 points and six rebounds as a junior and those numbers would have been higher if Sean Elliot wasn’t having one of the greatest seasons in Arizona history.

As a senior, Buechler was named team captain and helped guide the Cats to a conference title. In doing so, he scored nearly 15 points per game and averaged over eight rebounds.

Career After Arizona
Buechler was the 38th pick in the 1990 Draft, selected by the Seattle Supersonics but was immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets.

While he never received a great deal of playing time, he was a part of some historic teams. As a member of the Bulls in the mid-90’s, he came off the bench to hit some clutch shots, along with former Arizona teammate Steve Kerr. They were a part of Chicago’s three-peat.

The 6’6 forward retired in 2002 after playing 12 years in the NBA. He currently resides in Solana Beach, California with his wife and two kids, and coaches volleyball.

Legacy
Other than being a part of the 1988 Final Four squad, Buechler is remembered for being a solid all-around player. While he wasn’t extraordinary, he was everything a coach or fan could ask for.

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