NUMBERS GAME

Arizona's Numbers Game: Basketball star McCray; football leader Canidate

2013-06-21T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:17:38Z Arizona's Numbers Game: Basketball star McCray; football leader CanidatePatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For two weeks, we've asked you to choose the best Arizona Wildcats football and basketball players to ever wear the numbers on their jerseys.

Today, we up the ante.

Now, we ask you to compare UA players who wore the same numbers across sports. It's our Numbers Game, All-Star Edition.

Enjoy the debate.

Who wore it best?

The number: 30

The showdown: Basketball star Ernie McCray vs. football star Trung Canidate

The comparison

Ernie McCray (1957-60)

The stats: The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 17.8 points in his UA career, tied with Derrick Williams for No. 7 in UA history. His 824 career rebounds is also seventh-best in the Wildcats annals, with his 10.8 per game second-best. McCray averaged 23.9 points in 1959-60, at the time the best mark ever for a UA player.

The details: The Tucson High School graduate's 46 points on Feb. 6, 1960 against Cal State Los Angeles stands as the most ever scored by a Wildcat. His 22 rebounds against the same team two years earlier are fourth-best.

The postscript: McCray was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals in 1960 but got a Master's degree from the UA in 1962 and taught in San Diego for 37 years. He still lives there, where he writes and acts.

Trung Canidate (1996-99)

The stats: Canidate is the Arizona Wildcats' career rushing leader, with 3,824 yards. His single-season mark of 1,602 yards in 1999 was snapped by Ka'Deem Carey this past year. So was his single-game mark of 288, set in 1998 against Arizona State. Carey ran for 366 against Colorado this past season.

The details: Canidate led the UA in rushing - averaging more than 100 yards - in each of his last three seasons. He was first-team all-conference in 1998 and 1999, and still holds the UA record for longest run with a 96-yarder against San Diego State in 1997. His postseason rushing record was snapped by Carey in the New Mexico Bowl.

The postscript: A first-round pick by the 2000 St. Louis Rams, Canidate appeared in the 2002 Super Bowl and four NFL seasons.

The one-sentence debate: If Canidate's records are bound to fall to Carey, can he still hang on against the Wildcats' best single-day basketball performer?

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. 30

results

• Wednesday's question: Which UA athlete wore No. 9 better: softball player Taryne Mowatt or coach Jerry Kindall?

• Results: A tie at 50 percent each.

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