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Updated Top 25 Wildcats of All Time

June 28th, 2013 News No Comments

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Allen Sipe

Last summer we debuted PGU’s ranking of the Top 25 Wildcats of all time. As promised, we will be updating the list every summer so we can track movement and see how the newer generations of cats stack up against the all-timers. For those that missed it, you can read up on the ranking system here.

It seems appropriate to debut the update the day after one of the most enjoyable Draft Day surprises in Wildcat fan history. I am of course referring to Solomon Hill, who rode a great senior season into a first round draft selection, and was the biggest mover from last year to this year. The previous season he just barely cracked the list at #57, but he rose a whopping 23 spots to #34, and is poised to continue to move up the list as he begins what is hopefully a long and successful NBA career. His 468 points in his senior season, All-Pac 12 team selection, and first round draft status all contributed to propel him up the list.

Unfortunately, Arizona’s other draftee did not fare as well on the list. In fact, Grant Jerrett can be considered the Wilt Chamberlain of this list, because he is prompting a change in the rules. With last year’s rules, Grant would have made the list by virtue of being drafted. Unfortunately, his raw score was embarrassingly low — something had to be done.

Before Jerrett, the lowest score was an 18. Jerrett clocked in at 6. He more or less broke the system. So the new rule going forward is you need to score a 20 to qualify for the list. In addition to disqualifying Jerrett; Ed Stokes, Jesse Perry, Matt Othick, and Mark Lyons also miss the cutoff point. Sorry guys! It still leaves the list 59 strong this year.

Other notable movement saw perhaps a controversial switching of positions in the Top 5. Jason Gardner passed Jason Terry thanks to his induction in the Pac-12 Hall of Honor. Jason Terry is notably absent from that exclusive club, obviously for reasons other than his on court play. Interestingly, the Pac 12 Hall of Honor has matched this list pretty well, with 9 of the Top 10 and 10 of the Top 13 being inducted. Other than the bizarre selection of Pete Williams, the best of the best have been represented. With the aforementioned Jason Terry unlikely to be honored, and off-court troubles making it equally unlikely for Gilbert Arenas, the next most likely candidates appear to be Luke Walton, Channing Frye, and Bob Elliott.

Back to Jason Terry for a moment, who extended his lead in having the most successful NBA career of all Wildcats with another solid season. Because of the way the scores are calculated, if the top player in a category increases his score, it devalues the scores in that category of every other player. This created a few switches in rank: Miles Simon passed Steve Kerr, Michael Wright passed Jud Buechler, Ray Owes passed Larry Demic, and Mustafa Shakur passed Marcus Williams.

Finally, in addition to Jason Terry, seven other Cats were on NBA rosters this year and used that time to boost their score: Andre Iguodala, Derrick Williams, Jerryd Bayless, Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill, Richard Jefferson, and Luke Walton. Luke Walton was able to move up the rankings past Gilbert Arenas, Chase Budinger was able to pass Loren Woods, and Andre Iguodala passed Ernie McCray.

Without further ado, here are the 2013 rankings:
Rank Player Score Rank Change
1 Sean Elliott 91.83 0
2 Mike Bibby 67.12 0
3 Jason Gardner 64.24 +1
4 Jason Terry 63.65 -1
5 Damon Stoudamire 61.96 0
6 Miles Simon 51.87 +1
7 Steve Kerr 51.56 -1
8 Khalid Reeves 50.21 0
9 Michael Dickerson 45.89 0
10 Chris Mills 45.71 0
11 Luke Walton 45.28 +1
12 Gilbert Arenas 44.98 -1
13 Richard Jefferson 44.42 0
14 Channing Frye 41.87 0
15 Bob Elliott 41.79 0
16 Derrick Williams 40.81 0
17 Salim Stoudamire 39.05 0
18 Michael Wright 37.82 +1
19 Jud Buechler 37.72 -1
20 Chase Budinger 37.53 +1
21 Loren Woods 37.46 -1
22 Al Fleming 37.22 0
23 Anthony Cook 35.62 0
24 Sean Rooks 35.02 0
25 Hassan Adams 35.00 0
26 Jordan Hill 33.17 0
27 Andre Iguodala 31.72 +1
28 Ernie McCray 31.39 -1
29 AJ Bramlett 30.83 0
30 Brian Williams 30.06 0
31 Coniel Norman 29.64 0
32 Bill Warner 29.29 0
33 Tom Tolbert 29.13 0
34 Solomon Hill 28.76 +23
35 Eric Money 27.96 -1
36 Ray Owes 27.40 0
37 Larry Demic 27.39 -2
38 Joeseph Blair 26.92 -1
39 Joe Nehls 26.66 -1
40 Joe Skaisgir 26.43 -1
41 Jerryd Bayless 26.22 -1
42 Ed Nymeyer 25.44 -1
43 Reggie Geary 25.05 -1
44 Herm Harris 24.93 -1
45 Nic Wise 24.69 -1
46 Albert Johnson 24.35 -1
47 Phil Taylor 24.19 -1
48 Craig McMillan 24.19 -1
49 Ivan Radenovic 23.99 -1
50 Roger Johnson 23.88 -1
51 Frank Smith 23.41 -1
52 Mustafa Shakur 23.39 0
53 Marcus Williams 23.34 -2
54 Kyle Fogg 22.89 -1
55 Matt Muehleback 22.65 -1
56 Pete Williams 22.42 -1
57 Ron Davis 21.35 -1
58 Eddie Smith 20.81 0
59 Ben Davis 20.66 0

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