New assistant coach Damon Stoudamire has joined an Arizona basketball staff of financial equals.
Stoudamire was offered a salary of $204,000 when he left the University of Memphis last month to take a similar job at Arizona, according to UA records obtained by the Star.
His salary matches the $204,000 that assistants Joe Pasternack and Book Richardson each made last season, although Pasternack and Richardson both earned an extra $17,000 in bonus pay because the Wildcats reached the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16.
James Whitford earned $215,000 as Arizona's associate head coach last season before leaving to become Ball State's head coach, but it remains unclear if Arizona will elevate one of the current assistants to the associate position.
Stoudamire's salary is a mere fraction of what he pulled in as an NBA point guard. He made nearly $100 million over his 13-year playing career, according to BasketballReference.com.
UA assistant coach salaries for 2013-14 have not been finalized yet.
During the past season, UA head coach Sean Miller earned at least $2,320,000, counting $2.2 million in base pay from UA, Nike and IMG.
Miller's bonuses will include $75,000 for reaching the Sweet 16, $20,000 because UA won 20 regular-season games and $25,000 for UA's Academic Progress Rate being 949 or better (it was 969 in the annual score released Tuesday). Miller can earn another $25,000 if UA's team grade-point average was 2.6 or better.
APR stays safe
Even though UA's perfect APR score from 2007-08 fell off the books, the Wildcats' score remained comfortably above the 930 penalty line in numbers released Tuesday.
Arizona's basketball APR, a rolling four-year average that measures retention and academic eligibility, dropped from 975 to 969 this year. It counts the 2008-09 season coached by Russ Pennell as well as Miller's first three seasons (the 2012-13 numbers won't be incorporated until next year).
A number of transfers since 2008-09 have negatively impacted UA's APR score: Jeff Withey (Kansas), Zane Johnson (Hawaii), Garland Judkins (Texas A&M Corpus Christi), D.J. Shumpert (Cal State-San Bernardino), MoMo Jones (Iona), Daniel Bejarano (Colorado State) and Sidiki Johnson (Providence). The transfer of Angelo Chol to San Diego State this spring will be reflected in next year's score.
Arizona ranked sixth in the Pac-12 in APR in the 2013 numbers. Washington (985) was first, with Stanford and Colorado tying for second at 984. Utah (979) and ASU (973) also finished ahead of Arizona.
Jerrett moving up
Former UA forward Grant Jerrett has jumped onto the second-round mock draft boards of both Draft Express and NBADraft.net.
NBADraft.net has Jerrett going No. 54 overall to the Washington Wizards, while Draft Express has him going No. 59 to Minnesota.
Jerrett also attracted this recent mention from Yahoo! NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter:
"Here's a prospect impressing in draft workouts: Arizona forward Grant Jerrett. Only 19, he's rising on team boards. Great range, 6-foot-10."
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