NUMBERS GAME

Arizona's Numbers Game: Basketball: Geary vs. Jefferson vs. Hill: Quality all around

2013-06-07T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:17:41Z Arizona's Numbers Game: Basketball: Geary vs. Jefferson vs. Hill: Quality all aroundPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For decades, the Arizona Wildcats' best players have been synonymous with the numbers they've worn on their jerseys.

But not all numbers are unique. So we decided to ask the question: Who is the quintessential player to wear that number?

Who wore it best?

The number: 44

The showdown: A special three-way debate: Reggie Geary vs. Richard Jefferson vs. Solomon Hill

The comparison

Reggie Geary (1992-96)

The stats: His 208 career steals and 560 career assists rank Nos. 4 and 6 in UA history, respectively.

The details: The defensive whiz averaged 7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists in four years, losing only 23 of 127 career games. His 231 assists in 1995-96 were the second-most in UA history.

The postscript: The second-round pick in the 1996 draft lasted two seasons in the NBA before a coaching career earned him stops at SMU and the UA. His Yokohama B-Corsairs won a title in Japan this year.

Richard Jefferson (1998-2001)

The stats: Jefferson averaged 11.2 points, 5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in three seasons at the UA.

The details: Jefferson started all but one game in 2001, helping guide the Wildcats to the national title game with 11.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He was named to the all-Final Four team.

The postscript: The 13th pick of the 2001 draft has played for four NBA teams and won a bronze medal with the 2004 U.S. Olympic team.

Solomon Hill (2009-12)

The stats: In four years at the UA, Hill totaled 1,430 points, good for No. 20 - behind No. 19 Steve Kerr - on the Wildcats' all-time list.

The details: Hill started the last 113 games of his career. As a senior, he averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 rebounds en route to All-Pac-12 honors. He scored in double figures 76 times in his career.

The postscript: Hill is preparing for this year's NBA draft.

The one-sentence debate: Geary might have the best college resume and Jefferson the best post-graduate work, while Hill's consistency over four years could earn him credit.

On StarNet: What's your take? Visit the Arizona Daily Star online at azstarnet.com/polls and vote for who you think wore it best.

Who wore it best?

No. 44

Reggie Geary G • 1992-96

208, 560

Career steals and assists, fourth and sixth in UA history

Richard Jefferson F • 1998-2001

13th

Pick in the 2001 NBA draft. He has played for four pro teams.

Solomon Hill F • 2008-12

76

Games scoring in double figures in his UA career

Williams vs. Dickerson

• Wednesday's question: Who wore No. 23 better - Derrick Williams or Michael Dickerson?

• Results: 52 percent chose Williams.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 67-78
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 60-55
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 70-83
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 84-81
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 67-69
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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