Arizona NBA Draft Preview

Four Arizona Wildcats are hoping to hear their name called in the NBA Draft on Thursday. Read on to see expectations, projections, and more.

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

Prediction: 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

Prediction: 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.

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