Jan. 18, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona men's basketball player Andre Iguodala was one of 20 finalists named this week for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team by USA Basketball.
Iguodala, a 6-foot-6, 207-pound guard/forward is in his eighth season in the National Basketball Association with the Philadelphia 76ers. He's averaging 14.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season for the Sixers, who currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division.
Iguodala is one of 10 members of the Gold-medal-winning 2010 FIBA World Championship squad to be a finalist for the 2012 Olympic team. In addition to Iguodala, the finalists include LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers); Chris Bosh (Miami Heat); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets).
During the 2010 World Championship run, Iguodala averaged 6.7 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 58.8 percent from the field, and led the team with 16 steals. He started all nine games, averaging 18.9 minutes per game, and his 18 offensive rebounds were second-most on the club.
An Arizona letterwinner for two seasons (2002-04), averaged 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in 62 collegiate appearances (34 starts). As a sophomore in 2003-04, he averaged 12.9 points per game and led the team in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and assists (4.9 apg). Iguodala was a first-team all-Pac-10 selection in 2004 and the ninth pick of the first round of the NBA Draft that season by Philadelphia.
The official 12-man team will be finalized later this year. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London, England, July 27-Aug. 12. The U.S. earned its berth in the 12-team tournament by virtue of its victory at the 2010 FIBA World Championships.