During the Arizona Basketball press conference earlier today, it was announced that freshman forward Aaron Gordan and junior shooting guard Nick Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft. Johnson and Gordon were the two leading scorers for Arizona as they accounted for about 40% of the offense. Johnson has been projected as an early-to-mid second round pick meanwhile Aaron Gordon seems to be a lock for the top 10.
In the press conference it was also announced that freshman forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski would return to the team next season. Hollis-Jefferson was rumored to declare for the NBA Draft but when word broke out that he had joined the jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi earlier this week, it seemed apparent that he was set on staying at least one more year. Rumors about Tarczerwski thinking about the NBA also swirled around, however most expected him to stay for at least another year as well.
TJ McConnell will return at the point as the lone senior on the roster, Brandon Ashley will soon be 100% healthy by the time the season rolls around and Sean Miller assembled yet another loaded recruiting class. Guards Gabe York and Elliot Pitts will also be returning as solid 3-point shooters off the bench.
Sean Miller brings in another top 5 recruiting class, hauling in the #1 high school shooting guard in the country, Stanley Johnson, as well as the #1 JUCO shooting guard, Kadeem Allen. 4-star power forward Craig Victor will help add depth in the front court, as well as 4-star center Dusan Ristic, who comes in at 7’0. 4-star point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright will also take his talents to Tucson and try and help shed a few minutes off of TJ McConnell.
The team next year should be deeper next year barring any injuries and the goal remains the same. We wish Nick and Aaron nothing but the best in the NBA, but now Sean Miller knows what he is working with and can focus on the road to Indianapolis.