Ian Powers of NBADraft.net wrote this special for PGU on Arizona’s potential NBA prospects. Thanks to Ian and NBADraft.net for teaming up with us on this write-up.
In two full seasons on the job, Sean Miller has reestablished the Arizona basketball program into a national power again. Miller is a regarded as one of the finest young coaches in America, and while being a great coach helps, having talented players is ultimately, what determines the success of a team.
Miller has done a great job recruiting NBA caliber talent in a short amount of time. Freshman point guard Josiah Turner has been as a possible one and done candidate for the last couple of years. He is big, physical, and can score and make plays. A large part of the Wildcats success this season will hinge on Turner’s development. As of right now, Turner is projected to go 18th overall in our 2012 mock at NBADraft.net. Turner definitely has lottery pick talent and could easily move up our board with a strong freshman campaign.
The other current Wildcat on our mock draft board is 6’6” junior wing Kevin Parrom. His numbers will not jump off the page at you, but he has the ability to play multiple positions to go along with a pro body and pro athleticism.
Guys like Angelo Chol, Nick Johnson, and Solomon Hill have skills that may make some NBA teams to take notice. Chol is a shot-blocking machine and possesses the length and athleticism NBA teams covet in post players.
Johnson is a combo guard with a strong frame and elite athleticism. He has to find an identity as a player in the next couple of years, but from a physical standpoint, he has pro potential.
Hill brings terrific size and versatility to the Wildcats. He is not great at anything but he can do little things to help a team win. Intangibles are coveted in the NBA and it would not surprise us to see Hill hear his name called on draft night. Parrom is currently right outside of the lottery at 15th in our 2013 mock. Chol, Johnson, and Hill have yet to appear in any of our mocks.
Next season should be more of the same as Miller and his staff have accumulated what some people believe to be the nation’s top recruiting class. The class is headlined by 6’9” California power forwards Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett. Both players are very skilled for their size and can cause matchup problems for any team in the Pac-12.
6’2” combo guard Gabe York is also from California and scores the ball with the best of them. York also has great athleticism and can run and jump with anybody in the country.
7’0” Kaleb Tarcewski will soon be deciding between Kansas and Arizona. If he chooses the Wildcats, it gives Arizona a legitimate shot at a National Championship in the next 2 years.