Tucson, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Arizona is expected to lose power forward Aaron Gordon and junior guard Nick Johnson to the NBA Draft, according to sources.
The 6-foot-8½ Gordon averaged 12.4 points and eight rebounds a game as a freshman last season and is considered a lock lottery pick.
Johnson, who led the Wildcats in scoring (16.3 PPG) last season, will likely be taken in the second round of the June 26 draft, several NBA executives said.
Freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and sophomore 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski have been contemplating whether to return to school. However, sources close to the situation said both players are leaning toward returning to Tucson.
Hollis-Jefferson averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Tarczewski averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 boards per game.
Sophomore forward Brandon Ashley, who suffered a season-ending foot injury in early February, previously said he would return to school for his junior campaign.
If Hollis-Jefferson, Tarczewski and Ashley return, the Wildcats will be one of the top teams in the country again heading into the 2014-15 campaign.
Coach Sean Miller will also have starting point guard T.J. McConnell back in the fold, and he’ll bring in a highly regarded recruiting class that is led by McDonald’s All American Stanley Johnson.