O'Hara added to hoop roster

University of Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson announced Thursday that Ryan O'Hara has been added to the 2003-04 roster. The six-foot-6 freshman forward also plays quarterback for the Wildcat football team.

O'Hara, a 6-foot-6, 198-pound, freshman forward from Pasadena, Calif., was added to the roster in the wake of Isaiah Fox's knee surgery Tuesday. He is also a quarterback on the Wildcat football team.

"We are happy to have him join our team," said Olson. "We've got to get him into basketball shape, but he will be a nice addition to our scout team. Ryan was a solid player in high school.

O'Hara was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner on the hardwood in high school, playing his first three seasons at Monrovia High School in Palos Verdes, Calif., where he averaged 16 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior. He was rated as a top-15 wing player by pacwesthoops.com heading into his senior season. O'Hara helped Monrovia to berths in the 2000 and 2001 Class 3A state semifinals, where the Wildcats posted identical 27-3 records in those seasons.

As a senior, O'Hara played at Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif., and graduated in 2002. He played only sparingly in 2001-02 after injuring his left knee during the football season.

Olson has added basketball players to the roster before. As recently as 2002 quarterback/tight end Peter Hansen joined the squad following the completion of the football season.

The team has a history of having quarterbacks on Olson coached teams. Craig Bergman played on the 1988 squad and Ortege Jenkins was on the 1997 national championship team.

O'Hara will provide much needed depth, expecially in the practice situation. With the loss of Isaiah Fox, big bodies were at a premium.

As a member of Arizona's football team, O'Hara saw action in five games during the 2003 season and made one start (Sept. 20 at Purdue). He completed 33-of-78 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions. His best outing came Sept. 13 vs. Oregon in which he completed 11-of-27 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

Brad Allis contributed information to this story


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