Stoudamire hire likely to be successful

Damon Stoudamire has a long history of success. Read on to see why that is, the initial reaction of his hiring, and more.

When news spread Sunday night that Memphis assistant Damon Stoudamire was leaving to return to Arizona, the reaction from Arizona fans was one of joy.

A look at his career at Arizona reveals a player that has to be considered to be one of the best in school history.

Stoudamire played four at Arizona and was a 1994-95 consensus All-America pick. In that same season, Stoudamire was a Wooden Award National Player of the Year finalist and the co-Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year.

While at Arizona, Stoudamire helped lead the Wildcats to a combined 101-24 record, two Pac-12 titles, four NCAA Tournament appearances, and one NCAA Final Four.

In addition, Stoudamire is one of only two players (Gary Payton is the other) in Pac-12 Conference history to score over 1,800 points, dish out over 600 assists and pull down over 400 rebounds in a career.

Not only that, but Stoudamire remains the only player in Wildcats hoops history with two 40-point performances in a career, with both coming in Pac-12 Conference road games at Stanford (45 points) and at Washington State (40) in the 1994-95 season.

That same season, Stoudamire became only the third player in the program's history to record a triple-double, posting 32 points, 12 boards and 14 assists versus Oregon on Feb. 25, 1995.

Get the picture?

Whether it was the NBA or college, each staff that Stoudamire has been a part of has tried to keep him because of the value he has added to the program.

While at Memphis, Stoudamire was one of Josh Pastner's best recruiters. The initial reaction from some of the current recruits, such as Markel Crawford, was one of disappointment.

"Man that's not was up," Crawford tweeted. "So why did I even commit if Coach Stoudy leaving? Wish him the best though."

Although Crawford later apologized for the tweet and said he was happy at Memphis, the initial reaction is just one indication of how much Stoudamire was respected not only by the current team, but by the incoming recruits as well.

Stoudamire's success in the NBA, as well as his attitude, has allowed him to be an extremely successful recruiter at Memphis. Figuring he now uses that same strategy and mixes it with the fact that he was one of the most successful Wildcats ever and translated it to a solid NBA career, you have to assume Stoudamire is going to do wonders at Arizona.

Sean Miller found his man and landed him. It is easy to think that this move will reap plenty of benefits for Arizona and it will be even more satisfying knowing that Stoudamire is back where he started.

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