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: 23

The showdown: Michael Dickerson vs. Derrick Williams

The comparison Michael Dickerson (1994-98)

The stats: Dickerson averaged 13.8 points over four years; his 1,791 career points are eighth most in UA history.

The details: In the UA's national championship season, Dickerson led the team with 18.9 points per game. He twice reached a career high with 32 points that season.

The postscript: The No. 14 overall pick in 1998, Dickerson was traded from Houston to Memphis, where he played until 2003.

Derrick Williams (2009-11)

The stats: Williams' 1,227 points - or 17.8 per game - were the most ever by a two-year Arizona player.

The details: Williams led the Wildcats in scoring in each of his two seasons in Tucson, becoming only the fifth conference player ever to win Freshman of the Year one year and Player of the Year the next. As a sophomore, he averaged 19.5 points on an Elite Eight team.

The postscript: The No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds this past season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The one-sentence debate: Dickerson's best season was also the UA's, but D-Will burned brighter than any other two-year UA player.

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Who wore it best?

No. 23

Michael Dickerson G • 1994-1998


Career points, No. 8 mark in UA history

Derrick Williams F • 2009-2011


Points per game in two seasons at UA

Rooks vs. Frye

• Wednesday's question: Who wore No. 45 better - Sean Rooks or Channing Frye?

• Results: Frye wins, 86 percent