Top Ten most influential: Khalid Reeves will count down the top ten most influential players in Arizona history. Read on for a closer look at number nine Khalid Reeves.

The role a player filled in advancing the Arizona program was the biggest factor in judging the most consequential UA basketball players since the beginning of the Olson era. Players who helped build the program before it became a national entity were given special consideration. Consideration was also given to a player's role in building a school legacy, memorable performances, obstacles overcome, professional success, local ties, and philanthropic efforts.

9. Khalid Reeves

6-foot-3, 199 pounds

Middle Village, Queens New York

Pre UA

Reeves, a 1990 McDonald's All-American, became Lute Olson's first high-profile east coast recruit.

UA Career

1990-91: Fr. (28-7 overall record) 1st Pac-10

9.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.9 APG, 45.4 Field Goal Percentage, 46.3 Three-Point Percentage

Regular Season: On a team built around a bevy of big men, Reeves' talent was apparent. Remarkably polished for a freshman, his reliable jump shot and penetration skills allowed him to make an immediate impact.

NCAA Tournament: Reeves scored 11 points in each of No. 2 seed UA's wins against 15 seed St. Francis and 10 seed BYU, but scored only 4 points in UA's Sweet Sixteen loss to 3 seed Seton Hall.

1991-92: Soph. (24-7 overall record) 3rd Pac-10

13.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 47.6 Field Goal Percentage, 37 Three-Point Percentage

Regular Season:Kentucky-transfer Chris Mills joined a plethora of returning big men to form one of the best frontcourts in the country. Reeves, the leading backcourt scorer, upped his averages across the board, but went relatively unnoticed by the national media.

NCAA Tournament: Reeves scored 10 Points on 2-for-8 shooting in No. 3 seed UA's first round loss to 14 seed East Tennessee State.

1992-93: Jr. (24-4 overall record) 1st in Pac-10

12.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 49.8 Field Goal Percentage, 33 Three-Point Percentage

Regular Season: The Wildcats posted one of the best seasons in school history. Reeves played a secondary role, but was still capable of scoring outbursts at any time.

NCAA Tournament: Reeves scored 10 points before fouling out as No. 2 seed Arizona was upset 64-61 by 15 seed Santa Clara in the opening round.

1993-94: Sr. (29-6 overall record) 1st in Pac-10

24.2 PPG, 4.2RPG, 2.9APG, 48.3 Field Goal Percentage, 38 Three-Point Percentage

Regular Season: Reeves dominated all season. He was among the nation's leaders in scoring, and his easy going on-court demeanor meshed well with the dynamic point guard Damon Stoudamire.

NCAA Tournament: The Wildcats easily won their first two games against Loyola (MD) and Virginia. Reeves was on point in both games, scoring a combined 64 points.

In the Sweet Sixteen against No. 3 seed Louisville, Reeves scored 29 points on 9-for-17 shooting, advancing the Wildcats to the Elite Eight to play No. 1 seed Missouri.

Reeves had his way with the Missouri defense, scoring 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the field, while making 8-for-10 from the free -throw line, which helped the Wildcats advance to the second Final Four in school history.

UA's season came to an end in the Final Four against the eventual national champion Arkansas Razorbacks. The Razorbacks harassed Reeves into six turnovers and 0-for-9 shooting from three-point range.

Career Honors/Achievement

  • 1990-91 All-Pac-10 Freshman Team

  • 1993-94 All-Pac-10 Team

  • 1993-94 AP Second-Team All-American

  • UA Single Season Scoring Record

    Post UA

  • 1994 NBA Draft, Rd. 1 Overall, 12th Miami Heat

  • Played for six teams during six year career

  • Earned more than $ 9 million in NBA contracts

    Role in Building Program: Despite coming to Arizona as one of the most high-profile recruits in school history, Reeves took a backseat until his senior year.

    His senior campaign was one for the ages, as he scored 848 points, obliterating UA's single-season scoring record.

    Along with Damon Stoudamire, Reeves helped usher in a new era of run-and-gun basketball, while leading UA to the second Final Four in school history.

    Reeves then became the first of six UA perimeter players in eight years to be selected in the top 15 of the NBA draft.

    Reeves is Number 9… because he played arguably the greatest season in school history as Lute Olson fully implemented his new up-tempo approach.

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