Despite the presence of the nationally-recognized University of Arizona men's basketball program, Tucson has by no means ever been considered a hotbed of local basketball talent. To this day only three players who attended high school in the region have gone on to play in the NBA.
That could soon be four, with the news Monday that former Santa Rita High School standout Terrell Stoglin has declared for the NBA draft.
But, there's a catch: Stoglin, who was the starting point guard for Maryland and led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 21.6 points per game this past season, announced his intention to forgo his final two years of eligibility one day after apparently being suspended by Maryland for one year for a "violation of the Maryland Student-Athlete Code of Conduct," according to the school.
Stoglin was one of two Maryland players given one-year suspensions; the other had previous announced his intention to transfer to a different college.
At Santa Rita Stoglin was a four-year starter, leading the Eagles to four consecutive state final appearances, including a win in the Class 4A-II championship game as a senior in 2010.
If he gets drafted and/or makes it onto an NBA roster he would join a slim list of locals that includes Sean Elliott (Cholla), Fat Lever (Pueblo) and fellow Santa Rita grad Dave Feitl, who played 275 games with Houston, Washington, Golden State and New Jersey from 1987-1992.
He'd also be only the 20th person to attend high school in Arizona to make the NBA, according to online hoops database Basketball Reference.