ARIZONA BASKETBALL

Arizona basketball hire of Tommy Lloyd receives ‘B+’ grade from CBS’ Cobb

Aug 29, 2021, 5:30 PM | Updated: 5:30 pm
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Arizona’s hire of Tommy Lloyd as its new head basketball coach garnered a B+ grade on Tuesday from CBS Sports writer David Cobb.

Lloyd was hired by the Wildcats on April 14. He spent the last 20 years as an assistant under Mark Few at Gonzaga.

Lloyd brought in plenty of other people from Gonzaga in the weeks following his hire, including Tempe native TJ Benson as the special assistant to the head coach and recruiting coordinator, Ken Nakagawa as the director of advanced scouting and Rem Bakamus as the director of player development.

Cobb cited Lloyd’s great track record as a recruiter when giving his grade of the hire.

Lloyd’s reputation as a great evaluator and recruiter of international talent and his role in the construction of a powerful program make him a worthy choice. But there’s no guarantee that Lloyd’s proximity to Few over the past two decades means he is destined for greatness as a head coach.

Lloyd was paramount in the international recruiting scene for Gonzaga. He was responsible for bringing a vast collection of talent to the Bulldogs, including current NBA players Rui Hachimura, Kelly Olynyk and two-time NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis.

He also brought center Oumar Ballo with him from Gonzaga to Arizona. Ballo earned a spot on the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team in 2020-21.

Lloyd began his recruiting with the Wildcats by garnering the commitment of in-state prospect Dylan Anderson, a four-star center from Gilbert, on April 16.

 

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Basketball

Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin (0) and Oregon State's Dexter Akanno (3) fight for a rebound during th...
Arizona Sports

Wildcats G Mathurin named Pac-12 Player of the Week for 29-point game

Arizona swingman Bennedict Mathurin scored a season-high 29 points in a 90-65 blowout win for the Arizona Wildcats vs. Oregon State.
22 hours ago
Arizona Wildcats guard Dalen Terry (4) drives the lane against Oregon State Beavers forward Glann T...
Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball holds at 11th in AP Poll after Pac-12 opener

The Arizona Wildcats submitted a win against Oregon State this past week but did not budge from their No. 11 spot in the AP poll.
22 hours ago
Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd calls out to players during the second half of an NCAA college baske...
Associated Press

No. 11 Arizona wins 7th straight with victory over Oregon State

Bennedict Mathurin scored 29 points and No. 11 Arizona Wildcats defeated Oregon State 90-65 on Sunday in Corvallis.
22 hours ago
Arizona guard Dalen Terry (4) and his teammates celebrate their upset of Michigan during an NCAA co...
Nicholas Hodell

Effort, team basketball has Arizona basketball in perfect early-season form

Sharing the basketball and the team's effort has led No. 11 Arizona to its best AP Poll ranking since Jan. 29, 2018 after a 6-0 start.
5 days ago
Forward Kim Aiken Jr. #24 of the Arizona Wildcats gets fingers on a loose ball during the first hal...
Arizona Sports

Arizona game vs. Washington postponed due to COVID-19

Arizona's game against Washington on Thursday will be postponed due to COVID-19 complications in the Huskies' program.
6 days ago
Arizona center Christian Koloko (35) celebrates being named MVP of the Roman Main Event tournament ...
Nicholas Hodell

ESPN’s Givony: Arizona C Christian Koloko sniffing NBA Draft 1st round

Arizona junior center Christian Koloko has turned the heads of NBA scouts and draft analysts with his latest performances.
6 days ago
Arizona basketball hire of Tommy Lloyd receives ‘B+’ grade from CBS’ Cobb