Hansen’s Sunday Notebook: Impressive recruiting class bodes well for Jedd Fisch, Cats | Greg hansen
On Saturday, 21 men’s basketball games were scheduled to be televised on ESPN, Fox, CBS and NBC. Only one women’s basketball game, Tennessee-Stanford, has been televised – by ESPN2.
But that is changing, even so slowly.
Before it was canceled on Saturday night due to COVID-19 issues in the Wildcats’ schedule, Sunday’s Texas-Arizona game was scheduled to air on ESPN. It was one of 11 games involving women’s Pac-12 basketball teams scheduled for ESPN platforms this season. This breaks the previous four-game regular-season record, set in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
âThey should show us,â UA coach Adia Barnes said last week. âWe are a great commodity. Over 5 million people watched our NCAA Championship game last year. “
Arizona’s victory over Louisville was seen on ESPNU last month. The January 30 Wildcats game at Stanford will air on ESPN2. Stanford is involved in six of the 11 ESPN shows this season; Oregon will be in three games.
Barnes said casual sports viewers probably aren’t watching Pac-12 women’s basketball, but are hopeful that that continues to change. âIf they see us, they’ll say, ‘Oh, Arizona is pretty good,'” she said. âOur visibility is increasing.
Todd Holthaus to 302 wins and climbs
What impressed me the most about the Pima College girls’ basketball team producing the last three ACCAC players of the week is that they are all from southern Arizona: Angel Addleman from Palo Verde High School, Nikya Orange from Tanque Verde High School and Luisa Chavez from Rio Rico High School.
Yet 14th-year coach Todd Holthaus continues to be a national powerhouse of the NJCAA year after year with roster of Southern Arizona baseball players. Already this season, Holthaus won his 300th career game at Pima (he is now 302-138) and climbed to 6th place in the NJCAA Division II poll. The 10-2 record is a bit misleading as Pima has a season opener loss to the Mexican national team in his record.
Since being hired out of Flowing Wells High School in 2007, the Holthaus Aztecs have finished No.2, No.5 (three times) and No.8 in the NJCAA Finals and have produced 12 first-team All-Americans. Looks like there will be more to come.
Abdi: Running “makes me happy”
About a hundred people crowded into the lobby of the Fleet Feet store on the road to Tanque Verde late Thursday afternoon. Every seat was taken. All were there for a book signing with Tucson’s five-time Olympic long-distance runner Abdi Abdirahman, whose recently published book, “Abdi’s World: The Black Cactus on Life, Running and Fun” became a success. Abdirahman not only took part in a 30-minute question-and-answer session, but then ran across the street for a “fun run” with around 50 of his fans in the Udall Park area. At 44, the Pima College and Arizona All-American has said he has no plans to retire from competitive racing. Why should he? He is part of the United States Olympic team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. “It makes me happy,” he said. “If you find something you love to do, you never want to give it up.” Abdirahman said his bucket list includes setting up a non-profit foundation in his native Somalia and hopes to help young runners earn scholarships, move to America and get an education.
New York Yankees prospect returns to UA to graduate
When wide receiver Austin Wells left the Arizona baseball team after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he became a first-round pick for the New York Yankees. And while Wells was impressive in his professional baseball debut – he hit 16 home runs in his first full season in the minor leagues last summer and was in the Fall League All-Star Game. ‘Arizona – he hasn’t forgotten the AU. He continued his education online and returned last week to Tucson and attended the graduation ceremony at the AU’s Eller College of Management. Wells, a left-handed hitter, is considered one of the Yankees’ top prospects.
Driscoll de Salpointe is an essential swimmer
Here’s a name to remember: Tyler Driscoll, junior at Salpointe Catholic High School, last month won two state swimming championships (50 freestyle and 100 butterfly) and finished last week in seventh place (50 swim free) of the Speedo Junior Championships in the United States. Her coach, Matt Hough, a two-time Salpointe State Championship coach, said that after the Speedo meeting, Driscoll “had a line of college coaches lining up to meet her. She’s a junior, only 16 years old, with plenty of room to go faster. âDriscoll didn’t start training full time until last spring and turned the heads of major college recruiters with his sudden improvement and also because that she is 6 feet 1 inch tall, which is the girls’ equivalent of a 6-10 basketball perspective. .
AU men’s basketball coach Tommy Lloyd quickly bonded with Jim Rosborough, who was Lute Olson’s right-hand man in the 1980, 1994, 1997 and 2001 Final Fours. Rosborough, now an assistant coach of the Pima College women’s team often attends AU training sessions. He’s a resource that Sean Miller hasn’t tapped into in his 12 seasons in Arizona. Lloyd said: “I smile every time I see Jim. It’s a good day when he stops by my desk.”
Your sisters go to the LPGA
Arizona women’s golf coach Laura Ianello knew when she recruited Taiwan’s top international prospects Yu-Sang Hou and Vivian Hou that she wasn’t likely to keep them during the four years of eligibility. The two won the LPGA Tour cards after a multi-month qualifying streak last week and turned pro. It’s the life of a top 10 college golf program. Arizona lost Annika Sorenstam after her sophomore year and Lorena Ochoa after her sophomore year. Together they have scored 99 victories on the LPGA Tour. The Hou sisters left an impact. During their years in Arizona, the Wildcats won an NCAA championship and reached the college golf version of the Final Four three times.
My two cents: Steve Kerr’s long-distance shooting legacy lives on
When the Golden State Warriors keep Steph curry broke the NBA record for 3-point baskets last week (he had 2,982 until Friday), this indirectly brought to light Steve kerr and Arizona, some of which – me, for example – might say is the home of 3-pointers in college basketball.
As an Arizona senior, Kerr made 114 of 199 attempts during the 1987-88 season. It was Kerr’s first active year with 3-point shooting, introduced to college basketball a year earlier when he came out with a knee injury.
Kerr wasn’t around long enough to set the Pac-12 record in 3-point baskets. The record, 349, belongs to Oregon’s Tajuan Porter from 2007 to 2010, followed by that of Arizona Salim stoudamire, 342, from 2002-05. that of Arizona Jason gardner, 318, is one of five Pac-12 players to have made 300 3 in a career. A Pac-12 player is unlikely to hit 300 again, as players in this shooting skill typically head to the NBA before playing four seasons.
Kerr’s legacy is best seen in the NBA. Arizona has the most NBA players of any school (seven) to make at least 3,000 in an NBA career. Here’s where the ex-Wildcats sit on the all-time roster:
seven. Jason terry, 2,282
38. Mike bibby, 1,517
72. Damon stouadmire, 1236
109. Gilbert Arenas, 1,079
112. AndrÃ© Iguodala, 1,070
119. Channing frye, 1,049
123. Richard jefferson, 1,042
Kerr made 726-3 in the NBA days – he’s now ranked No.221 – but his legacy continues.