Tricknology: Lute Olson’s Paper Bag Test.

That whole Grant Hill/Jalen Rose flap overshadowed one of the more obvious instances of racialized recruiting in big-time college basketball: The University of Arizona Wildcats.

Miles Simon.

Mike Bibby.

Richard Jefferson

Damon Stoudamire

Bison Dele

Hmmm. Is it any wonder that Gilbert Arenas was famously told he’d never play a minute at Arizona?



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • Truth!

  • Freddie

    Need more data.

  • Hmmm..even Michael Dickerson crashed and burned in the NBA..the only successful darker AZ alum besides Gil is Jason Terry.

    • MH8D

      Andre Igoudala.

  • blackink

    Let’s not forget Channing Frye and Jerryd Bayless. They’ve had more “yellas” on their roster than a rap video from the ’90s.

    • How’d i forget Channing Frye? I was going to include Sean Elliot and Loren Woods, but those dudes are borderline.

  • Gator

    Loren Woods was already burned out from his time at Wake Forest trying to fill the shoes left by Tim Duncan. Lute olsen and his “coaching prowess” was never going to be a remedy for him to bounce back.

    There’s also Michael Wright and Will Bynum(Chicago preps) who also didn’t make much noise in Tucson.

  • Let’s not forget AJ Bramlett either:

  • Freddie

    I mean, if we’re being serious about this, this is the worst way to do it.

    • which is why it’s a good thing we’re not being serious about it.

      • Freddie


  • blackink12

    Bison Dele had one of the more bizarre deaths of any person – especially professional athlete – I’ve ever heard of in my life.

    Also, I’d forgotten that he went to Arizona.

    S/O to Eugene Edgerson while we’re at it.

  • matador1015

    Typical Arizona recruiting visit: “Here son, hold this basketball up to your face.” “What, sir?” “Never mind, son. We’ve made our decision.”

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