April 13, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson announced Saturday that Andre Iguodala has made a verbal commitment and signed the necessary scholarship paperwork to attend the school and play basketball. Iguodla will report to the school in the Fall of 2002.
Iguodala, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound, forward from Springfield, Ill., is ranked as the nation's No. 17 small forward by recruitingusa.com. Iguodala, who prepped at Lamphier High School, is a multi-dimensional player with the ability to play both inside and out. He was a second team Parade All-America selection and is rated as the No. 73 overall recruit in the nation by HoopScoop magazine.
Also an outstanding student, Iguodala is one of the leading candidates for Illinois Mr. Basketball. He averaged 23.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season for coach Craig Patton in helping Lamphier to a 32-2 overall record and a runner-up finish in the state tournament. He was a first team all-state pick by the Associated Press as a senior and helped the Lions to a No. 2 state ranking for much of the 2001-02 season. He tallied 29 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Illinois Class AA state championship game.
"He's a great competitor and an excellent defender," said Olson. "It is obvious from his statistics that Andre is an solid all-around basketball player. We are very pleased to have him in our program. He is outstanding in all areas."
A Nike All-American, Iguodala averaged 21.0 points in AAU action last summer and was named the national tournament Most Valuable Player after hitting the game-winning shot at the final buzzer to give his team the 17-and-under national title. He averaged 13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 58.8 percent from the floor in helping Lamphier to a 27-3 record as a junior in 2000-01, including a spotless 14-0 Central State 8 Conference record.
"With the addition of Andre, I believe the class we have coming in may be the highest-rated three-man class we've ever had," said Olson. "All three are second or third team Parade All-Americans who will add considerably to what we have returning and give us some size on the perimeter."
The Wildcats finished the 2001-02 campaign with an overall record of 24-10 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's West Regional Semifinal. It was Arizona's 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the longest active streak in the nation, and the program's 15th straight 20-win season.