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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:03 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

A roundup of University of Arizona sports news.

Coach Olson washes hands of NBA bolters

After losing standout guard Jerryd Bayless to the NBA draft and watching top recruit Brandon Jennings trade college ball for European leagues, Arizona head basketball coach Lute Olson said he’s through with single-season recruits.

“It’s a situation now that if someone’s a ‘one-and-done,’ we’re not going to pursue them anymore, no way,” Olson told the L.A. Times last Thursday.

The 73-year-old Hall of Fame coach called the trend of young players who evade the NBA’s age restriction by playing one sole collegiate season a “farce.”

League rules require rookie players be a minimum of 19 years old, one season removed from their senior high school year.  

Olson’s comments followed Jennings’ decision last week to be the first incoming freshman to play European ball rather than collegiate hoops. Bayless bolted for the 2008 draft after a 19-15 season marked by Olson’s season-long leave of absence, as the coach navigated through a divorce.

“Jerryd said all along he wanted to stay here two years,” Olson told the Times. “But then you get the agents working on the kids and parents all year. You might have the kid in your controlled environment for some time, but when [outsiders are] on the parents, you have no idea what’s going on.”

Olson’s statement drew skepticism from some coaches, including Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim, who say early draft declarations are simply part of the game.

“Are you crazy?” Boeheim retorted to the Times, asked if he’d adopt Olson’s policy.

Two of Olson’s core players for this season, guard Nic Wise and forward Chase Budinger, will return after eyeing a jump from the team after their sophomore years.

Wildcat catcher heads to bigs

Former Arizona catcher Nick Hundley completed his first week in the big leagues with a .211 average, after the San Diego Padres called him up from Triple-A Portland on July 4.

Hundley contributed a base hit toward the Padres’ 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in his first game.  Through seven games ending last Sunday, he’d posted one RBI, one double and four hits in 19 at-bats.

The 6’ 1”, 210-pound catcher becomes the 59th former Wildcat to make the show. The Padres selected Hundley in the second round of the 2005 draft as the 76th overall pick.

Hundley’s the third of UA head coach Andy Lopez’s alums to reach the majors (John Meloan, Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007 and Brian Anderson, Chicago White Sox in 2005).

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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