Lute's Recruits: 1984

In our look at the best Wildcat recruiting classes of the Lute Olson era we look at the first full class Olson was able to bring in. With the class of 1984 the Wildcat staff had a full year to recruit and brought in a few memorable players.

We are going to look at classes based on a number of criteria. Some of the things we will look at include how well they played at Arizona, how many players were retained and how many players in each class made the NBA.


Olson's second class lacked a lot of big names but it was important for a number of reasons. First and foremost he signed his first Parade All-American. He also added several players who would provide key depth for his future tournament teams.

The Class

John Edgar 6-6 PF Pasadena, CA; Pasadena City College
Bruce Fraser 6-4 G Long Beach, CA; Long Beach City College
Rolf Jacobs 6-6 F Fountain Valley, CA; Fountain Valley HS
Craig McMillan 6-6 SG Cloverdale, CA; Cloverdale HS
Joe Turner 6-9 Bakersfield, CA; Foothills HS

The Stats:
Retention Rate: 80%
Starts: 161
NBA Players: zero (McMillan was in an NBA camp)

John Edgar
Edgar's biggest claim to fame was that he was the Pac-10's shortest starting center in 1996. The junior college transfer led the Cats in rebounding (7.3) and dunks (28) that season. He was seventh in the league in rebounding and tenth in blocked shots.

For his career Edgar started 36 games averaging 7.5 ppg and 5.0 rebounds. Today he lives in Southern California.

Bruce Fraser
Fraser played three years for the Wildcats after playing one season at Long Beach CC. He played in 46 games, but took just six shots in 149 minutes of action. His final four minutes on the floor were his finest. He scored five points, had three steals and three assists. He was primarily known as a defensive specialist in his time in Tucson.

Fraser was a student assistant in 1987 and then was a graduate assistant the next two years. He was known as "Q" or the "Question Man" because he asked so many questions as a player.

Rolf Jacobs
Rolf Jacobs spent just three years in a Wildcat uniform but was dismissed during the 1986-87 season after an altercation in practice. He started two games in 1986 but was mainly used as a reserve. His career high was eight points against Oregon in 1986.

Craig McMillan
McMillan was a crucial cog in Arizona's first Final Four run. McMillan was the first big time recruit to commit to Arizona, but certainly not the last. A Parade All-American he was fifth in California high school history in scoring at the time his high school career ended.

McMillan was a very good scorer but is known for his defense. He was often the "one" in the "box-and-one" defense that Olson used to employ. May be best known for hitting a last second shot to beat Oregon State that is now known as the "McShot".

Finished his career averaging 9.0 ppg. Oddly enough he scored just 6.5 ppg in his senior season, but averaged 11.8 and 12.9 ppg his sophomore and junior seasons. He started 109 games in his career.

He was undrafted by the NBA but did get a few tryouts. Eventually became a coach Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California.

Joe Turner
Turner was a great role player for the Wildcats. He was mainly known for his defensive prowess. He blocked 80 shots in his career and ripped down 354 rebounds. He was the first big man off the bench during the 1988 Final Four run.

He was a poor foul shooter, who experimented with pulling up his goggles when he shot his foul shots. Started just 16 games in his Wildcat career but played in 126 of the Wildcats' 130 games during his career.

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