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Former Wildcats standout Aari McDonald returning to Arizona in coaching role

Sep 9, 2022, 8:35 AM
Aari McDonald #2 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates with teammates after defeating the UConn Huskie...
Aari McDonald #2 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates with teammates after defeating the UConn Huskies in the Final Four semifinal game of the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at the Alamodome on April 02, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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TUCSON (AP) — Atlanta Dream guard Aari McDonald is returning to Arizona to work under coach Adia Barnes.

The school announced Thursday that McDonald will serve as director of recruiting operations while continuing to fulfill her WNBA commitments. She will oversee all recruiting logistics, assist with on-campus visits, manage recruit information and social media content at Arizona.

McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after transferring from Washington as a sophomore. She was an All-American and the Pac-12 player of the year in 2020-21, leading the Wildcats to the national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

The Fresno, Calif., native scored 24.8 points on 47% shooting and 48% from three during the NCAA Tournament run.

McDonald broke Barnes’ single-season scoring record and had the highest career scoring average in school history before being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick of the 2021 WNBA draft.

She scored 11.1 points per game this past season in the WNBA.

The Wildcats open their regular season against Northern Arizona on Nov. 10.

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