Arizona Basketball: Wildcats' 5 Best-Ever NBA Products

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Arizona Basketball: Wildcats' 5 Best-Ever NBA Products
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The University of Arizona is a member of the college basketball elite.

A deep tradition of great teams, players and coaches that rival many of the nation's best programs. The Wildcats reached the NCAA Tournament for 25 straight years beginning in 1985, second only to the University of North Carolina's 27 consecutive appearances. The 'Cats have punched their ticket to the dance a total of 30 times dating all the way back to 1951 under legendary coach Fred Enke.

Enke coached Arizona for 35 years and amassed over 500 victories and finished with a .611 winning percentage. He led the Wildcats to 12 Border Conference Championships and the schools first Sweet Sixteen. Enke's most notable player was not a player who made it big in the the NBA, but in the United States Congress. Mo Udall was a congressman for 30 years in Arizona's second district in southern Arizona.

The winningest coach in school history, Lute Olson came to Arizona in 1983 and within only one year, he began his legendary streak and along the way coached many of the school's and the league's great players.

The University of Arizona has produced seven Pac-10 Players of the Year, five National Players of the Year, 10 consensus All-Americans and six First-team All-Americans.

However, being great at the college level is not all it's cracked up to be, you need to be able to prove yourself at the next level to truly make the cut.

The Wildcats have had 16 first-round picks with 10 of them coming in the top 10. There are currently 13 NBA Championship rings won by former Wildcats, three NBA All-Stars, a Sixth-man award winner as well as a Rookie of the Year award winner.

Here are the Wildcats' five best-ever NBA products.

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