So, who is next from Arizona? Are there any potential candidates to be selected in the 2012 draft? If so, who are the most likely to improve enough to see their stock rise into one of the two rounds of the draft?
For starters, we will look at Solomon Hill. The forward showed steady improvement throughout the course of his sophomore campaign. Hill put in the time in the workout room and the on practice court and it began to show in his play as the season grew older.
His numbers don't necessarily jump out at you, but his game is well-rounded enough to draw some attention from NBA Scouts.
In order for him to be considered a legitimate candidate to be selected in the 2012 draft, he must continue his growth as a player. Without Derrick Williams on the floor, expect Hill to shoulder more of the offensive load, which should lead to a jump in his numbers. Assuming that happens, Hill may have a shot to play in the pros after his junior campaign.
Another player that could have a big year is Kevin Parrom. Also expected to pick up the offensive slack in Williams' absence, Parrom could be a prospect scouts pay attention to in the 2011-12 season. His body of work at this point doesn't render him a draft candidate, but a big junior campaign could do wonders for his stock.
Parrom has the type of athleticism and length that NBA scouts like. Now he just needs the numbers to back up his game. While it seems to be a long shot at this point, if Parrom comes out and averages 14 to 17 points per game and continues to score from all over the floor, he could get a look from some NBA squads.
Then there is senior Kyle Fogg. Not many people consider him an NBA prospect, but his shooting ability and defense may be attractive to someone in the second round of the draft. Fogg will definitely require an extremely impressive senior season on both ends of the floor in order to play in the NBA, let alone get drafted.
Let's also assume for the time-being that the NBA's one-and-done rule is still in effect at this time next year. Do any of UA's incoming freshmen have a chance to make the leap to professional basketball after only one year of college experience?
It is difficult to imagine either Sidiki Johnson or Angelo Chol being able to play their way into the draft immediately. While both have high ceilings, one is coming off a foot injury that hampered him for most of his senior year, while the other is still relatively raw, although there are reports he is improving quickly.
Nick Johnson is a very athletic player with a vast amount of room for growth. He could be in the NBA in a few years, but he would have to play out of his mind in order to be considered a draft prospect after one season.
He needs to work on his jump-shot and while it's serviceable, he has trouble with shooting off the dribble with consistency. Many draft choices are chosen based on potential, however, and Johnson has plenty of that. A strong season could make him a prospect, but it does not seem very likely.
Josiah Turner is another case. He is one of the most physically gifted point guards in his class and his all-around game as a point guard has improved dramatically. He can dish, but can also shoulder the scoring load. He is one of the most heralded recruits in the 2011 class and given how much attention he received on the AAU circuit and in high school, NBA scouts probably already have Turner on their radar.
Arizona has a plethora of talent that could find its way into the draft very soon. Whether or not it's after the upcoming season is to be determined, but there is little question that UA should be represented very well in the NBA draft over the next two to three years.