If Arizona Wildcats center Tarczewski has FG pct. like Buechler, UA will be fine


No. 35 facts about Arizona’s hoops program as we are now 35 days from tip-off:

Jud Buechler, the most successful player to wear No. 35 in Arizona’s history, has the distinction of being the only non-post player or power forward to rank in the top 10 in field-goal shooting in a season. Buechler, a small forward, shot 60.7 percent from the field in 1988-89. The other players in the top 10 are post players Anthony Cook, Jordan Hill, Brian Williams, Pete Williams, Joseph Blair and Ed Stokes.

Al Fleming, a power forward, holds the record with a 66.7 field-goal percentage set in 1973-74.

— Buechler, a three-time NBA champ with the Bulls (watch the accompanying video), led the Wildcats in scoring (14.9 points a game) and rebounding (8.3) in his All-Pac-10 season of 1989-90. The only other players to lead the UA in scoring and rebounding since Lute Olson arrived in 1983-84: Pete Williams (1983-84), Chris Mills (1992-93), Ben Davis (1995-96) and Derrick Williams (2009-10 and 2010-11).

Arizona’s No. 35 players
Source: UA Media Relations
Warren Ridge, G, 1956-57
Louis Hopkins, G, 1958-59
Ken Harris, F, 1959-60
Regis Dauk, G, 1960-62
Lynard Harris, C, 1972-73
Kevin Kincade, F, 1973-74
Tim Marshall, F, 1974-75
Ron Fuller, G, 1976-78
Donald Mellon, F/G, 1978-83
Jud Buechler, F, 1986-90
Kaleb Tarczewski, C, 2012-

— Sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski, the first starter to wear No. 35 since Buechler, led the Wildcats shooting 53.8 percent from the field and averaging 6.1 rebounds last season. Sean Miller would like those numbers to be closer to 60 percent shooting and 8 rebounds per game.

— Tarczewski is one of four players who started all 35 games last year. The others were Solomon Hill, Mark Lyons and Nick Johnson. Tarczewski, Johnson, Aaron Gordon and T.J. McConnell figure to start every game this season. Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson can start at forward depending whether Miller wants to go big (Ashley) or small (Hollis-Jefferson).

Jason Gardner holds the UA career record with 35.5 minutes a game

— Arizona’s Harold Tovrea scored more points (35) than New Mexico Tech in a 77-17 victory for the Wildcats on Feb. 28, 1924.

— The UA’s first Final Four team in 1987-88, which included Buechler, has the most victories (35) in the program’s history. The Wildcats finished 35-3 that season.

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WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports and TucsonCitizen.com.

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