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Joseph Blair
Position: Graduate Manager

A key member of Arizona’s 1994 Final Four team, Joseph Blair is in his first season as a graduate manager for the Wildcats after joining the staff as an undergraduate assistant coach for the 2013-14 season.

In his first season with the Wildcats, Blair helped center Kaleb Tarczewski establish himself as one of the nation’s most improved players. Tarczewski became one of the dominant interior defenders in the nation, while developing into one of the Pac-12’s best big men from the free throw line, where he shot 75.6 percent on the season.

Blair was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1993-96, averaging 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He helped guide Arizona to Pac-10 championships in both 1993 and 1994, and was a starter on the UA squad that advanced to the 1994 Final Four.

The Houston native holds the program record for career field goal percentage, converting at a 61.3 percent clip (470-of-767), and currently ranks eighth on the school’s career chart with 101 blocked shots.

Blair was taken by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 35th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft and enjoyed a 13-year professional career that saw him earn Euroleague regular-season MVP honors in 2003. He also garnered second-team All-Euroleague recognition in 2002.

Blair earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona in 2014. He is the founder and executive director of the Blair Charity Group, whose mission is to create and support programs that address the priorities of the Southern Arizona Community.

 

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