Aaron Gordon declares for draft

ByJeff Goodman ESPN logo
Monday, April 14, 2014

Arizona will lose Aaron Gordon to the NBA draft, and the Wildcats are also likely to watch junior guard Nick Johnson leave school early, sources told ESPN.com.

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 led the Wildcats in scoring (16.3 points a game) last season and, according to several NBA executives, will likely be taken in the second round of the June 26 draft.

In addition, freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and 7-foot sophomore Kaleb Tarczewski have been contemplating whether to return to school. However, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that both players are leaning toward returning to Tucson.

Hollis-Jefferson averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds last season, and Tarczewski averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 boards.

Sophomore forward Brandon Ashley, who suffered a season-ending foot injury in early February, previously told ESPN that he would return to school for his junior campaign.

If Arizona does return Hollis-Jefferson, Tarczewski and Ashley, the Wildcats will be one of the top teams in the country again heading into the 2014-15 season. 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.

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