Oct. 30, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - A total of nine former University of Arizona men's basketball players were on active National Basketball Association rosters, as the league opened the 2008-09 season on Tuesday.
The list of players includes Hassan Adams (Toronto Raptors), Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards), Jerryd Bayless (Portland Trail Blazers), Mike Bibby (Atlanta Hawks), Channing Frye (Portland Trail Blazers), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Richard Jefferson (Milwaukee Bucks), Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks) and Luke Walton (Los Angeles Lakers).
Arizona ranks sixth nationally in terms of active NBA player production. Here is the complete list:
1. Duke 14 2. UCLA 12 Connecticut 12 4. North Carolina 11 Kansas 11 6. ARIZONA 9 Florida 9 Georgia Tech 9 Kentucky 9
It marks the ninth consecutive season in which at least eight former Wildcats have opened the season on NBA rosters. In six of those seasons the number was 10 or more.
Arizona's total helped the Pac-10 Conference tally 46 active NBA players, a figure that ranked third nationally. The Pac-10 was one of only three conferences (Big East and Big 12) to have each member school produce at least one NBA player. Additionally, the Pac-10's average of 4.6 alums per institution was second only to the Atlantic Coast Conference (4.8). Here is a look at the breakdown by conference.
1. Atlantic Coast 58 2. Big East 49 3. Pac-10 46 4. Big 12 41 5. Southeastern 38 6. Big Ten 37