Arizona has four potential draft picks hoping to hear their named called Thursday. Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson have basically cemented themselves as first round selections. On the other end, former Wildcats Brandon Ashley and T.J. McConnell are hoping they have bolstered their draft stock enough to be drafted.
Stanley Johnson, F/SG
Freshman | 6-7, 245
Expected Range: 6th-13th
Prediction: No. 8 - Detroit Pistions
Fit: This would be Stanley Johnson's ideal situation. The Pistons are a organization that knows how to pick up their winning ways. With Stan Van Gundy at the helm, Detroit is ready to work towards a playoff push.
Granted, Van Gundy has gone on record many times stating that he does not run a lot of set plays for his small forwards, a strategy that actually favors the former Arizona standout. In his first season, Johnson will most likely be asked to be the team's primary perimeter defender while he works to expand his offensive game.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F
Sophmore | 6-6, 220
Expected Range: 15th-26th
Prediction: No. 22 - Chicago Bulls
Fit: The defensive-minded Hollis-Jefferson can have a long NBA career being any organization's go-to defender. He does not have a respectable jump shot, but Chicago could draft a defensive powerhouse while Jimmy Butler continues to grow as an offensive threat.
The Bulls do have a need for a back up point guard, but if they want to address that void in free agency, Hollis-Jefferson would be a great pick for them.
Brandon Ashley, F
Junior | 6-8, 230
Expected Range: late second round/undrafted
Outlook: Ashley is a great basketball talent, but it is still unclear if his style of play fits the NBA mold. He is a 6-8 forward that does not have the strength to battle with NBA bigs. Defensively, Ashley struggled last season being physical and he was often caught missing rotations, or not helping at all. His future is cloudy, but the summer league is a great opportunity to answer questions and prove scouts wrong.
T.J. McConnell, PG
Senior | 6-2, 190
Expected range: undrafted
Outlook: McConnell had a great two year run at Arizona and has a high basketball IQ, but it is highly unlikely he gets drafted. McConnell is a scrappy defender, but he lacks the physical tools to contend with most guards in the league. Much like his former teammate, McConnell will probably get his shot in a summer league session.