Stoudamire a candidate for Oregon State

Damon Stoudamire has emerged as possibly the top target for the Oregon State vacancy. Read on for a full update on the search.

When Ben Howland removed himself from consideration for the Oregon State basketball job on Monday, attention automatically turned to Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire.

There are numerous sources that believe Stoudamire is next in line, although coaching searches have taught us that they can be unpredictable.

The belief with Oregon State is that Stoudamire will bring local recruiting connections, hire veteran assistants, and come at a solid price tag.

Stoudamire has had a very preliminary interview with Oregon State, but there is a good chance that it will become much more serious in the upcoming days. Stoudamire and Howland are actually the only two candidates to have interviewed with Oregon State and unless there is a giant smokescreen, it would not be a surprise to see this thing get done in the next few days.

Should it get done, Arizona will be losing a coach that had a legendary career at Arizona. Stoudamire led Arizona to a 101-24 (.808) record from 1991-95, winning Pac-10 championships in 1994 and 1995 and leading the Cats to the 1994 Final Four.

He received three All-America honors during that 1993-94 season, including consensus first-team accolades. As a senior, he won a share of the Pac-10 Player of the Year award.

Stoudamire is the only player in Arizona history to score 40 points in a single game twice and one of only three Wildcats to score more than 600 points in a season twice, finishing his career as the program record holder with 272 three-point field goals (now ranks third). Nearly two decades after the completion of his UA career, Stoudamire still ranks in the top 10 on eight different program career charts.

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