Ernie McCray did more than score for Arizona Wildcats

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Note: The above photograph of McCray is from the Arizona Desert Yearbook

No. 30 facts about Arizona’s hoops program as we are now 30 days from tip-off:

Ernie McCray was sensational enough to be highlighted twice in this countdown. His school-record 46 points against Cal State-Los Angeles in 1960 was showcased on Day No. 46 of the countdown.

Just how good was McCray?

He is one of only three UA players to average a double-double in his career in points and rebounds. Joe Skaisgir (19.9 points and school-record 11.2 rebounds a game) and Al Fleming (15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds a game) are the others.

McCray averaged 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds (second to Skaisgir) in his career.

Arizona’s No. 31 players
Source: UA Media Relations
Junior Crum, C, 1946-48
Jim Johnston, F, 1949-50
Leon Goar, F, 1954-57
Ernie McCray, F, 1958-60
Don Wright, G, 1950-51
Charlie Cook, G, 1961-62
Regis Dauk, G, 1962-63
Harvey Fox, F, 1963-66
Mickey Foster, F/G,1967-70
Tom Lawson, G/F, 1970-72
Wayne Womack, F, 1989-92
Justin Wessel, F, 1997-2001
Matt Brase, F, 2004-05
J.P. Prince, G, 2006-07
Angelo Chol, F, 2011-13

Wayne Womack was a contributing role player for Lute Olson

Wayne Womack was a contributing role player for Lute Olson (Tucson Police Department trading card)

— Other No. 30s of note include Mickey Foster (1967-70), Wayne Womack (1989-92) and Justin Wessel (1997-2001).

Foster averaged 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in his career for coach Bruce Larson. His claim to fame was his free-throw shooting. He ranks seventh in the UA record books with a free-throw percentage of .824.

Womack and Wessel were key role players for Lute Olson. Womack was an athletic power forward who grabbed 13 rebounds in a game against Evansville in 1991. He also scored a career-high 14 against ASU.

Wessel and Eugene Edgerson are the only players who were part of the 1997 NCAA title team and the 2001 team that advanced to the championship game.

Countdown to Tip-off Blogs:

— Arizona Wildcats’ No. 31 not retired with Jason Terry’s name but should be
— No. 32 most storied jersey number in Arizona Wildcats history
— No. 33 in Arizona Wildcats history symbolic of hard work ethic, ideal role players
— Simon says: No. 34 special with two of Arizona Wildcats’ greatest wearing jersey number
— If Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski has field-goal percentage like Jud Buechler, UA will be fine
— Arizona Wildcats legend Sean Elliott scored career-high 36 points opposing Sean Miller
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— Two of Arizona Wildcats’ best centers — Sean Rooks and Channing Fryedonned No. 45
— Arizona Wildcats great Ernie McCray reminisces about his record-setting 46-point performance
— Arizona Wildcats star recruit should not be compared to Blake Griffin
— Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller on fast track to Pac-12 success
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— Arizona Wildcats will benefit from presence of Joseph Blair in practice
— Arizona Wildcats preparing for what could be memorable 2013-14 season

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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