Lute's Recruits: 1988

The 1988 Class was the first post-Final Four class to matriculate at Arizona. It was also the first class to feature a high profile transfer. It was also the first class to get hit by an early departure to the NBA.

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.


The class featured three prep players and one transfer. Two forwards and a guard made up the prep players, while the highlight was Brian Williams, the transfer from Maryland.

The Class

Ron Curry 6-8 F Bloomington (Ill,) High School
Matt Othick 6-2 Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman
Brian Williams, 6-10 Santa Monica, CA
Wayne Womack 6-8 PF Pasadena (Calif.) Muir

The Stats:
Retention Rate: 75%
Starts: 181
NBA Players: Two

Ron Curry
Curry's stay in Tucson was a brief one. After one season as a Wildcat the little used forward transferred to Marquette. Curry played in various professional leagues, including the CBA.

Matt Othick
Othick was a starter for the better part of three years and finished his career with an 8.2 ppg average and a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. He teamed up with Matt Muehlebach to form the "Matts" backcourt.

Othick won 106 games as a Wildcat, as well as three Pac-10 titles but never got past the Sweet 16.

He had a brief stint in the NBA. He made the San Antonio Spurs' roster as a free agent and appeared in four games, scoring eight points.

Brian Williams
Williams transferred to Arizona after one season at Maryland and is arguably the best big man in the Olson era. The athletic Williams started 59 games in two years averaging 12.4 ppg and 6.8 rpg.

Williams left Arizona after his junior season and was a first round draft pick of the Orlando Magic. He played for the Magic, Nuggets, Clippers, Bulls and Pistons. His best season averaged 11 ppg in eight NBA seasons and won a world championship with the Bulls in 1996.

The ecentric Williams changed his name to Bison Dele prior to his final season in the NBA and suddenly retired despite a having years left on a huge contract with the Pistons.

Sadly, Williams was murdered while sailing the South Pacific. His brother, the main suspect in the case, committed suicide before being apprehended by the police.

Wayne Womack
Womack summed up the early Olson players. A talented, hardworking player who was overlooked by many. Womack was never a star but played in 129 games over his Wildcat career, starting 39. The long, athletic power forward was just kind of a lunch pail type player. His numbers were not staggering, 5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, but he did whatever was asked and accepted his role on the team.

Womack had a pro career after his Arizona career was over. He was a 4th round draft pick in the CBA draft and played into the early 2000's both overseas and for minor league teams in the United States.

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