Kyle Fogg: A look back at 1,000 points

Kyle Fogg reached 1,000 points in his previous game against Oakland. Read on for a closer look at how Fogg reached that number and how he has scored in his career.

With 17 points against Oakland on Tuesday night at McKale Center, Kyle Fogg became the 46th player in University of Arizona history to score over 1000 career points for his career.

Considering the means by which he came to Arizona and his improbable journey that followed, scoring 1000 points for his career is a tremendous achievement for Fogg.

Kyle Fogg committed to Arizona on an official visit on May 19, 2008, choosing the Wildcats over offers from Fresno State, San Francisco, Providence, St. John's and Boise State. At the time of his commitment, Fogg ranked as Scout's 40th best shooting guard and was tabbed a three-star prospect coming out of high school.

He was poised to join a class that included the nation's number one player, Brandon Jennings, as well as four-star center Jeff Withey and guard Brendon Lavender. Once Jennings decided to take his talents to Europe, Fogg's commitment became even more critical to a team severely lacking backcourt depth.

In his freshman year, often times Fogg was not interim head coach Russ Pennell's first choice off the bench, as Brendon Lavender and fellow late addition Garland Judkins were given opportunities before him. On December 5, 2008, Kyle Fogg started the first game of his Arizona career in a road loss to Texas A&M. He had just two points.

However, Pennell stuck with Fogg in a lineup that included the trio of future NBA players Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger, as well as First Team All-Pac-10 selection Nic Wise. Fogg wasn't asked to do much, but he was a solid contributor to a team that eventually reached the NCAA Tournament.

Fogg's first double-digit scoring effort came in a blowout win of Kansas at McKale Center, in which he had 14 points. His season high point total came against Washington on January 29, 2009, a game in which he had 16 points. He earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors after averaging 6.1 points on 38.3 percent from three-point range and 45 percent shooting from the field overall.

As a freshman, Fogg scored in double digits seven times, and it appeared that with newly hired head coach Sean Miller coming in, he would be one of the focal points of the offense in 2009-10.

Things didn't turn out that way for Fogg as a sophomore, at least initially, as he was beat out by Lavender for the starting spot at shooting guard. It wasn't until the eighth game of the season against Louisiana Tech that Fogg got his first start of the Sean Miller era, and since then, he hasn't looked back.

It was in Pac-10 play that Fogg really came to life as a scorer, as he had a seven game stretch in the month of January in which he averaged 15.9 points per game, which included a then-career high 21 points in a road victory over UCLA on January 2, 2010. That feat would be later topped nearly two months later, this time in a home win against the Bruins, in which Fogg set his career high of 26 points.

Perhaps Fogg's three most memorable points came that season against USC, when Fogg was fouled on a three-point attempt with 0.2 seconds left in the game and hit all three of his free throw tries to send the game to overtime. The Wildcats would go on to win the game by a score of 86-84 in double overtime.

Despite averaging 13.2 points per game in Pac-10 play, Fogg did not earn any conference awards and finished the season with an average of 11.1 points per game on 41.7 percent shooting from three and 41.5 percent from the field overall.

While earning All-Defensive Team honors in the Pac-10 in 2010-11, it seemed that Fogg took a step back as a scorer. After such drastic improvement from his freshman to sophomore year, Fogg was being counted on to be one of the team's best and most consistent players as a junior.

After scoring in double-digits 18 times as a sophomore, Fogg reached 10 or more points just 13 times as a junior, and dropped to 9.4 points per game in Pac-10 play. He was able to match his career high on February 13, 2011 when he had 26 points in a 15-point win over Arizona State on the road.

He finished the season with just 8.1 points per contest, and his three-point percentage and field goal percentage dropped to 35.5 percent and 37.3 percent, respectively.

The combination of Fogg's struggles as a junior, as well as the arrival of Scout's 28th ranked player, four-star shooting guard Nick Johnson, led many people to speculate on whether or not Fogg would be able to hold off the talented freshman and keep his starting job.

Fogg responded in a major way, and his coaches and teammates alike praised his work ethic during the offseason. It was well publicized that Fogg was determined to improve on the career lows in shooting and three-point percentage as a junior, as he put up over 40,000 shots in preparation for his fourth and final season as a Wildcat.

It appears that hard work has paid off, as Fogg has scored in double-digits in seven of the team's first 12 games, including a 21-point performance against Ball State, 19 versus Florida, and the 17 necessary to put him over 1000 career points on Tuesday night against Oakland.

He's led the team in scoring three times already this season, and he is tied with Solomon Hill for the team lead with a scoring average of 12.2 points per game. All that extra work in the offseason appears to have paid off so far as a senior, as Fogg is connecting on 44.7 percent of his three-point attempts and 43.6 percent of his attempts overall.

With a career scoring average of 8.8 points per game, Fogg won't be remembered as one of the all-time great scorers in Arizona history. But he will be remembered as a tremendous person and teammate, and a player who elevated his game during a very unstable era of Arizona basketball.

In a time where players are suspended constantly around the country for behavior and ethical violations, a player with the character, worth ethic, and integrity of Kyle Fogg is seemingly rare in the college game today. He may not be the most heralded 1000 point scorer in program history, but that in no way diminishes his contributions to the team over the past three and a half seasons.

Thursday's game against Bryant will be Fogg's 117th career game and 97th career start. Not bad for a player who had virtually no expectations upon arriving in Tucson to begin his college career.

Inside the numbers: Kyle Fogg's 1015 points

  • In 71 games played at McKale Center or at a neutral site, Fogg has scored an average of nine points per game. His play has not diminished at all on the road, as in 35 road games he's put up 9.1 points in games away from McKale Center.

  • During his Arizona career, Fogg has played 15 games against ranked opponents, averaging eight points per game. His best games came on November 27, 2010 with 18 points against number six Kansas in Las Vegas and on the road against 12th-ranked Florida on December 7, 2011 with 19 points.

  • In 50 career non-conference games, Fogg has averaged 8.5 points per game. His favorite non-conference opponent to play against? That would be Kansas, who he averaged 16 points per contest against in the two meetings between the schools.

  • Fogg upped his scoring average to 9.3 points per game in Pac-12 play, where he has 24 career double-digit scoring efforts. He's fared best against UCLA (13.4 points per game), and has done most poorly against California (6.2 points per game) and Oregon State (seven points per game).

  • Against in-state rival Arizona State, Fogg has averaged 11.3 points per game, good for his second best average amongst Pac-10 foes.

  • If Arizona makes the NCAA Tournament in 2012, it will need Fogg to elevate his play from his past efforts in March. In seven career tournament games, he is averaging just 6.4 points per outing, with his best game coming in his first NCAA Tournament game against Utah in 2009 in which he went for 12 points. In UA's most recent Elite Eight run, Fogg averaged seven points in four games.

  • The Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles might be a bit rough if Fogg doesn't improve on those numbers either, as he's scoring just 3.8 points per game in five career games at the Staples Center.

  • Finally, if his career numbers are able to predict what's in store for Fogg in the remaining three months of the season, we may still not have seen his best scoring efforts yet this year. His worst month statistically is behind him, as in 23 career games in November, Fogg averaged just 7.6 points per contest.

  • His best month by far is January, in which he has averaged 9.9 points per game. Excluding his freshman season, Fogg is averaging 11.9 points per contest in the first month of the new year and has scored in double digits in 10 of his last 16 January games.

  • He's not too shabby in February or March either, scoring 8.8 and 8.4 points per game in those months, respectively.

    With his best months statistically in the past yet to come, it will be very interesting to see just how high up the all-time career scoring list Kyle Fogg will be able to climb. Regardless, Fogg certainly has earned his place amongst the 45 other 1000 points scorers in Arizona history by doing things the right way through hard work and dedication.

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