Editor’s note: This summer, Star columnist Greg Hansen is counting down the top 10 of just about everything related to Tucson sports.
Today’s list: The top 10 boys basketball players from Tucson:
By the time Pat McAndrew graduated from Flowing Wells High School, he established four Tucson scoring records:
Points in a career: 1,390.
Points in a season: 551.
Scoring average in a season: 29.1.
Scoring average in a career: 20.2.
That’s the Big Four, for sure.
The 6-foot shooting guard was ahead of his time as a distance shooter; many of his baskets at Flowing Wells would’ve been 3-pointers today. He scored 46 points in a game, which equaled Tucson’s scoring record.
As a high school player, he might’ve been the best to that time in Tucson. He accepted a scholarship from Arizona but his basketball career ebbed; McAndrew an honor student in Political Science, scored just 48 points in two UA seasons, averaging two points.
After basketball, McAndrew’s career blossomed. He became an accomplished singer and guitar player, part of well-known Tucson groups Garfield Smelter and the Statesboro Blues Band, opening for, among other acts, the Animals, Buffalo Springfield and the Doors. (He also taught at University High School).
He died as a relatively young man, 61, in 2008 after a heart attack.
His place among the 10 leading high school basketball players in Tucson was set in stone in the ’60s. It is one of the most difficult lists of any top 10 ranking we’ve published this summer. Here’s our group of 10: