The Arizona Wildcats' basketball Academic Progress Rate remained in safe territory in numbers released today despite player transition before and during the Sean Miller era.
UA's APR, which measures both academic eligibility and player retention, dropped slightly from 975 to 969 this year but was still well above the 930 penalty line. The 969 mark put Arizona sixth among Pac-12 programs.
This year's APR score measures the 2008-09 season coached by Russ Pennell along with the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons coached by Miller.
The UA's six-point drop is at least partly a result of the perfect APR year Arizona scored in 2007-08 (under Kevin O'Neill) having dropped off the books.
The APR is essentially a "batting average" of players' eligibility and retention over a rolling four-year period. Players have a chance to score one point for returning and one point for staying eligible each semester and the four-year average is multiplied by 1000 to get the score.
In other words, the 969 means UA players stayed academically eligible and returned 96.9 percent of the time since 2008-09 (the 2012-13 figures will not be included until next year). Points lost for leaving early are returned if those players sign professional contracts (e.g. Derrick Williams) and sometimes for other unique circumstances.
The APR is not to be confused with the "GSR" (Graduation Success Rate) though the NCAA says an APR of 930 predicts a graduation rate of 50 percent.
The current score reflects a possible "0-for-2" performance by Sidiki Johnson, who was dismissed under unusual circumstances in December 2011 and several 1-for-2s for guys who left early while presumably eligible academically (e.g. Daniel Bejarano, MoMo Jones, Jeff Withey).
Here's a list of player movement that likely affected UA's APR since 2008-09:
Jeff Withey transferred to Kansas.
Zane Johnson transferred to Hawaii.
(Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill left early but landed NBA contracts.)
Garland Judkins transferred to Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
D.J Shumpert transferred to Cal State San Bernardino
MoMo Jones transferred to Iona.
Daniel Bejarano transferred to Colorado State.
(Derrick Williams left early but was an NBA lottery pick).
Sidiki Johnson was dismissed and transferred to Providence (he also did not finish the fall 2011 semester).
(Kryrl Natyahzko and Josiah Turner left early but both played professionally last season)
NCAA APR information can be found using this searchable tool. For UA's APR since 2005-06, filter only for "University of Arizona" and "men's basketball." For Pac-12 rankings, search for "Pac-12," "2011-12" and "men's basketball" and then use the upward carrot to the right of "multi-year rate."
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