Jason Eugene Terry, widely known as JET, is a favorite among fans, not just for his fun-loving personality and charming smile, but also his three-point shooting. Arizona admired him for his unselfishness, especially when he assumed the role of sixth man during the initial three years of his NBA career, which helped him play a major role in the NCAA 1997 title.
JET left the Wildcats 16 years back, but is still an NBA player. He began at point guard for an NBA team that reached the finals of the Western Conference.
As native of Seattle in 1994, Terry began playing for the Wildcats. A basketball magazine called “Future Stars” placed him in the 11th rank in the list of US point guard prospects. When the Wildcats won the NCAA tournament title in 1997, Terry contributed some good defense and large shots although he averaged just 7.7 points/game.
As a senior Wildcats player, however, he had to face the tough task of leading a team of inexperienced freshmen such as Michael Wright, Ruben Douglas, and others, but he said that he “just welcomed the pressure.”
Terry finally emerged from the background to achieve 5.5 assists, 2.8 steals, and 21.9 points per game. He won the Pac-10 player of the year and National Player of the Year awards, besides breaking the single season and career steals records, which he continues to hold to date.
Having enjoyed a successful career, Terry says he will play a few more seasons before becoming a professional or collegiate coach.