Amarillo by morning, Judkins headed to San Antonioby Steve Rivera on Jan. 07, 2010, under Sports
So Garland, you are gone. We hardly knew you.
Heck, we hardly spoke to you. I think all of last year I spent maybe five minutes total. OK, maybe a bit more when you started off as a 20-minute-per game man and then went to nine minutes, then five to eventually out of sight.
Don’t really know if you were a good guy or a petulant guy. Heard more of the latter than the former, but what does it matter now? What did it matter then? All it did was get you suspended. Good luck at Texas San Antonio where early reports had you going. By the way, early reports are rarely wrong. Of course, depends who’s writing them.
But UA confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Judkins is headed back home to Texas to finish out (start?) his career.
“Garland has decided to transfer to the University of Texas-San Antonio,” said Arizona head coach Sean Miller. “He has dealt with two deaths in his family in the last six months, and in his most recent trip home it became apparent to him that moving closer to his family was important. We wish him well in the future both on the court and in the classroom.”
Judkin’s grandfather passed away recently. It’s unclear what the other death was. But he’s gone, making him another in the long line of UA transfers through the years. Was Judkins good enough to play at Arizona? Not the 1990s Arizona teams. Not the mid-to-late 1980s. And realistically not now – even as UA tries to find its footing in the basketball world again. Thus, his departure.
Here is a list of the UA transfers through the last 25 years and some thoughts on each.
- Sean Allen, 1991-92: Probably not good enough to play here upon further review. Didn’t play much and left to small school in Utah.
- Etdrick Bohannon, 1992-93: bigtime recruit at the time. Left for Tennessee and then went to Auburn University in Montgomery. Had a cup of coffee in the NBA.
- Will Bynum, 2001-03: Just not a Lute Olson guy. Left in the middle of his sophomore year. Saw him about 30 minutes before he was to board a bus to the airport for a game in Oregon. He never arrived. Eventually decided on Georgia Tech. Now in the NBA. One of the few (two) who transferred and made it in the NBA.
- Eric Cooper, 1985-87: Left during sophomore season. Played but didn’t have great stats (1.4 ppg).
- Ron Curry, 1988-89: Another mid-major player who was better off somewhere else. Decided to join then UA assistant coach Kevin O’Neill at Marquette.
- Ruben Douglas, 1998-99: Good shooter but he knew when Gilbert Arenas arrived his playing time was going to be downgraded. Played at New Mexico where he was a star and scorer. Did not make the NBA.
- Kelvin Eafon, 1994-96: More football player than basketball player. Strong-headed kid and tough. Yelled at his teammates to play better during a major stretch in 1996.
- Mark Georgeson, 1987-89: Another mid-major type who left after a couple of years. Transferred to Pepperdine.
- Travis Hanour, 2000-01: Probably not good enough to play at UA. Transferred to San Diego State and had a so-so career.
- Rolf Jacobs, 1985-87: UA big man who had his ups and downs before being dismissed for an altercation in practice.
- Robertas Javtokas, 1999-2000: Lithuanian who played one semester before leaving program at the semester. Was drafted by San Antonio Spurs but never made team. Member of Lithuanian national team.
- Zane Johnson, 2007-09: Another mid-major talent who played two years at UA and decided to transfer. Left for Hawaii.
- Jarvis Kelly, 1993-94: Smart kid who was a role player and decided to play at Rice.
- Dennis Latimore, 2001-03: Strangest transfer of them all. With about two months left in the season, he decided to stop playing on the team. It was during UA’s run to the Elite Eight in 2003. Highly rated recruit who never reached potential. Left for Notre Dame to have a non-descript career.
- Laval Lucas-Perry, 2007-08: Left after a semester under Kevin O’Neill. Figured fit at Arizona wasn’t a good one. Now playing with Michigan.
- Beau Muhlbach, 2003-04: Star for the Red-Blue game after 26 points. But that was his last hurrah as a walk on. He left to Texas A&M and was on the team. Played sparingly.
- J.P. Prince, 2005-06: Came to Arizona as huge recruit. Olson always got him for his defense. Thought he’d transfer after his first year. But he came back only to transfer at the semester.
- Luke Recker, 1999-2000: Bigtime name at Indiana but he wanted out so he came to Arizona. Then he got into a car accident and then saw Arenas play. Decided Iowa was the place.
- Jason Richey, 1993-94: Probably the best walk-on for UA. Was on the team and then decided to play at San Diego State, where he played plenty. Smart move.
- Casey Schmidt, 1989-91: Shooting guard to decided being at a mid-major was better. He played a lot at Valparaiso.
- Quynn Tebbs, 1997-98: Older player after going on a Mormon mission. Great leaper. Left to Weber State after realizing he wouldn’t play much behind some of UA’s all-time best players Jason Terry, Mike Bibby, Miles Simon and others.
- Jesus Verdejo, 2004-05: Known for being a boxer more so than a shooting guard. Left at mid-season to South Florida. Good move. Just finished his college career.
- Traves Wilson, 1998-99: Mid-major talent. Left to Illinois State, his home state. Would not have played much had he stayed.
- Jeff Withey, 2008-09: Big recruit who wasn’t happy at UA last season. And he or his family didn’t want to deal with the change of coaches, particularly when Olson announced his retirement.
- Andrew Zahn, 2000-02: Midmajor talent at best. He ended up at Biola.
Yes, I, too,don’t know where Biola is. Actually, it’s a small Christian school in La Miranda, Calif.
Gee, I never thought this list would end. But Judkins, you made the right decision. You’ll get to play and Arizona can use the scholarship.