Jay Bilas names Arizona HC Tommy Lloyd the next face of college basketball
Jay Bilas gave Arizona its next recruiting soundbite during College GameDay on Saturday.
Asked by host Rece Davis who will take the mantle as the next “face of college basketball,” Bilas named third-year Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd.
“I think Tommy Lloyd is a brilliant coach. Spent 20 years as an assistant coach at Gonzaga. He’s an international recruiter,” Bilas said. “I think he’s a brilliant coach that could very well take Arizona to the next level once they go to the Big 12. They’re on the highest level now. I think they’re one of the top five teams in the country and one of the top five programs. I look at Tommy Lloyd as being the potential next face of the game.”
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) January 20, 2024
Lloyd took over for Sean Miller ahead of the 2021-22 season. In his first year, he turned Bennedict Mathurin and Dalen Terry into first-round NBA Draft picks and coached Arizona to a 33-4 record, a Pac-12 championship sweep, and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
In Year 2, Arizona won another Pac-12 Tournament title. In Year 3, Lloyd has the Wildcats off to a 13-4 star with huge early-season wins over Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Alabama.
Lloyd is 74-15 to begin his coaching career.
With Mike Krzyzewski, Jay Wright, Roy Williams, and Jim Boeheim all stepping away in recent years, we’re starting to see some turnover in terms of coaching star power. Bill Self and Tom Izzo are still kicking it at their respective schools, but a new wave of coaches is starting to make a name for themselves.
And Lloyd is certainly leading that pack.