Saturday, 18-Oct-1997

Mike Bibby - 10

Was one of the country's top recruits as a senior... The first of Arizona's recruits who signed with the Wildcats during the early signing period in November of 1995... Was regarded by many as the best high school point guard in the nation... Could jump into the starting lineup this season for the Wildcats, becoming to first UA freshman start right away since Sean Elliott (1985-86)... Great quickness and excellent passer... Has the ability to make those around him better... According to Frank Burlison, who compiles the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best of the West Poll, "Bibby is the best high school prospect in the West since Jason Kidd."... Was rated as the best prep point guard in the land by Bob Gibbons' Report... BlueChip Illustrated's No. 2 player at the 1995 Nike summer camp... The 1995 Recruiter's Handbook No. 5 high school senior.

High School:
Led Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix to the Arizona State High School Championship as a senior, averaging 34.3 ppg, 8.0 apg, 6.0 rpg and 4.0 spg... Set the state scoring record for both points in a season (1,132/senior year) and a career (3,002)... A three-time Arizona State Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior... The Arizona Republic's Player of the Year as a senior... A McDonald's and Parade All-American... In the McDonald's All-American game, he scored 15 points to go with three assists and three rebounds... Gatorade Player of the Year in the West... Naismith Award finalist... Played on the 1996 USA Junior National Select team... As a junior, he averaged 35 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and six steals per game... Was named to the USA Today Preseason Super 25 squad... High school coach was Jerry Connor... His Shadow Mountain team was the Arizona state runner-up team in his junior year.

Michael Bibby... Born 5-13-78 in Cherry Hill, N.J... Son of Virginia Bibby and Henry Bibby... Father played collegiately at UCLA and enjoyed a nine-year NBA career with the Knicks, Jazz, 76ers and Clippers... He is now the head basketball coach at USC... Plans to major in business at Arizona.

Off the Court with Mike Bibby

Favorite Television Show: "Martin"
Favorite Movie: "Eye for an Eye"
Thing I Like To Do In My Spare Time: Play basketball
Favorite Food: Mashed Potatoes
Favorite Music Group: A Tribe Called Quest
If I Only Had One CD, I Would Listen To: De La Soul
Most Famous Person I've Ever Met: Julius Erving
Favorite NBA Team: Orlando Magic
Favorite Sports Team: Atlanta Falcons
Career Goal After College: Make a lot of money
Favorite Place To Eat: Burger King
Favorite Class: Math
Biggest Thrill While Playing Basketball: Making a lot of nice passes
If I Ran The World, I Would: Equally distribute the wealth
If I Could Live Anywhere After College It Would Be: Phoenix
My Goal In Life: To be the best I can in life
First Childhood Sports Memory: Playing basketball in my house
Something I Haven't Done, But Intend To Do: Play in the NBA
Thing I Would Change In Collegiate Basketball: Trash talking
How I Like To Unwind After A Game: Take a shower and relax

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