Sept. 9, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - George Costanza might call these guys chuckers.
Led by senior guard Kyle Fogg, members of the University of Arizona men's basketball team attempted nearly 100,000 shots in offseason workouts and connected on 70 percent of the attempts. All told, 12 Wildcats hit 67,452-of-96,324 (.700).
Chuckers or not, that's a lot of shots.
Eight of the 12 Cats to participate attempted at least 4,600 shots. Fogg, a 6-foot-3 native of Brea, Calif., led all players with 39,132 attempts, sinking 26,414 for a 67.5 field goal percentage. His nearly 40,000 shots came in a variety of shooting drills (on the move and stationary) and included mid-range shots and both collegiate and NBA three-point attempts.
Arizona's basketball managers charted the attempts through every drill and workout.
Fogg, a career 38.3 percent shooter from three-point range (121-of-316), claims the voluminous effort was motivated in part by a desire to play deep into March.
"We set a high number and I was able to get there just by working hard every day," he said. "We had a great run in March last year and I want to do whatever I can to help us get back there again this season."
To put this into perspective, if the shooter takes a shot every five seconds in an average drill (not accounting for shots off the dribble or pass catching, etc.), Wildcat players took nearly 482,000 seconds to get those shots off, almost 134 hours in the shooting motion.
Arizona returns three starters and 11 letterwinners from last season's club that posted a 30-8 record, won the Pac-10 regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA West Regional final.