No. 33 facts about Arizona’s hoops program as we are now 33 days from tip-off:
— Isn’t it fitting that freshman Zach Peters, a Kansas transfer who recently gained eligibility to play this season for Arizona, is considered a reinforcement to Sean Miller’s plans?
Arizona’s No. 33 players through the years have proven to be the backbone of the Wildcats’ operation without all of the fanfare.
“Smiling” Joe Turner and Eugene Edgerson, a former Harlem Globetrotter, were invaluable as team-chemistry guys. Corey Williams, Rick Anderson and Jesse Perry were significant contributors in Arizona’s rotation.
“I don’t know if Zach is going to be a guy that plays 37 minutes (a game) … but I know this — being a contributor, being a part of the rotation … no question, (he) would be a solid piece,” Miller said during the UA’s Media Day last month.
— In a D magazine article in Dallas, Peters, from Plano, Texas, is described as a versatile athlete and human being.
Here’s a line from the feature: “Zach plays baseball. He’s a pitcher. And guess what? He’s good at that, too. As an aside, Tim (his father) mentions that Zach could probably go to Stanford — for math, not sports. Rounding out his future college application: he baby-sits handicapped kids on Friday nights, and he’s learning to play “Purple Haze” on guitar.”
Two interesting aspects of the following YouTube video about Peters — first, it is narrated by the late Pat Summerall, and second, it shows video of Peters as a standout wide receiver in high school.
— The most decorated No 33 in UA history is Mo Udall, a longtime Arizona congressman and one-time presidential candidate, who led the UA in scoring (13.8 points a game) in 1947-48. He was Arizona’s first listed NBA draft choice in 1948 by the Denver Nuggets. He played one season in the National Basketball League before returning to the UA’s Law School.
— Three different players are tied for most points scored in a half — 33 points: Joe Skaisgir, vs. Hardin-Simmons, Jan. 4, 1962 (2nd); Al Fleming, vs. Detroit, Jan. 10, 1976 (2nd); and Damon Stoudamire, at Washington St., March 2, 1995 (2nd + two overtimes).
— Lute Olson, who was responsible for bringing Turner, Williams, Edgerson and Anderson to Tucson, coached 33 years at Arizona, Iowa and Long Beach State and compiled a record of 761-269.
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