The new NCAA rule allowing student-athletes to test the draft waters all the way through May before making their final decision has largely been deemed a success. With Stanford's Rosco Allen and USC's Nikola Jovanovic both deciding to remain in the draft pool, all of the Pac-12 teams finally have some clarity on who is returning to their team next season.
With the NBA draft just about a month away, now is the time when mock drafts get pushed out like hot cakes and team workouts are reported every day. Below is a list of all the Pac-12 schools and their important draft departures, with their years listed as well. The players are also given a draft tier, based on where they are projected to go on June 23.
Tier 1: Lottery potential
Tier 2: Second half of the first round
Tier 3: Second round
Tier 4: Undrafted
Josh Scott (Sr.) PF, 6'10", 240 lbs - Tier 4
Scott was one of the few positives this season for Colorado basketball and led the team with 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. He was dominant inside even against good competition, but his lack of athleticism, foot speed, and outside shot will leave him most likely undrafted.
Elgin Cook (Sr.) SF/SG, 6'6", 205 lbs - Tier 4
Cook was one of the leaders on a deep and talented Oregon team last season, but isn't elite in any one area. He is strong when driving to the basket, but can't consistently get by defenders and doesn't have a good enough jump shot to make up for it.
Gary Payton II (Sr.) PG/SG, 6'3", 190 lbs - Tier 3
In Payton's second season as a transfer, he led the Beavers to a NCAA Tournament berth while averaging 16 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2.5 steals. He is a monster defensively and very strong around the rim, but only shot 31.4% from beyond the arc last season. Developing a shot would really help, but Payton has a chance to be a successful backup point guard in the NBA.
Jakob Poeltl (Sr.) C, 7'0", 235 lbs - Tier 1
Poeltl made a huge jump from his junior season and averaged a monster 17 and 9, leading to him being the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He disappointed in the NCAA Tournament when he was dominated by Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis, but with great footwork and touch around the rim, Poeltl has a chance to be an anchor in the interior for a long time.
Jordan Loveridge (Sr.) SF, 6'6", 222 lbs - Tier 4
Loveridge had a fantastic freshman season at Utah, but was never really able to make the jump to the next level. He has good three-point range and is a strong rebounder, but lacks the speed and athleticism needed to play at the next level.
Marquese Chriss (Fr.) PF, 6'9", 225 lbs - Tier 1
Chriss had a stellar freshman campaign and consistently improved as the year went on. He showed the ability to score from inside and out as well as defend at a high level. There is some concern about his rebounding ability, but with added weight and strength, the athletic power forward could be a star in the league.
Dejounte Murray (Fr.) PG/SG, 6'5", 170 lbs - Tier 2
Another outstanding freshman for the Huskies, Murray was as dynamic a freshman as there was in the country this season. He's adept at getting into the lane and scoring from a variety of angles. His three-point shot was suspect, but with some improvement there he could develop into a strong combo guard.
Andrew Andrews (Sr.) PG, 6'2", 195 lbs - Tier 4
Andrews will reportedly work out for the Lakers this summer, but he would have to really impress a team to earn a second round draft selection. Andrews showed strong improvement throughout his time at Washington, but lacks athleticism and defensive ability.
No major departures.
Ryan Anderson (Sr.) PF, 6'9", 230 lbs - Tier 4
In his senior season, Ryan Anderson was one of the better frontcourt players in the conference, averaging 15 and 10. That being said, with his lack of true size, no ability to score outside the paint, and slow feet on defense, Anderson isn't expected to be drafted.
Kaleb Tarczewski (Sr.) C, 7'0", 245 lbs - Tier 4
TarZEUSki, as he was called by Arizona fans, is a physical specimen who was never able to develop any real basketball skills. While he may look like a Greek god, he didn't play like one, never averaging double digit points or rebounds in his career at Arizona.
Gabe York (Sr.) SG, 6'3", 185 lbs - Tier 4
York is an absolute sniper who can hit a three from anywhere and isn't afraid of the moment. However, he doesn't have shooting guard size and never averaged more than 2.2 assists per game. His lack of size and athleticism will most likely keep him from the NBA.
No major departures.
Jaylen Brown (Fr.) SF, 6'7", 225 lbs - Tier 1
Brown is an intriguing prospect for GMs because of his size and athleticism. Small forward is one of the weaker positions in the NBA and Brown certainly has the potential to grow into an elite wing player. He's still pretty raw, especially with his jump shot, but has one of the highest ceilings in the entire draft.
Tyrone Wallace (Sr.) PG, 6'5", 205 lbs - Tier 4
Wallace was one of the leaders of Cal's talented team and the team clearly needed his presence as they looked completely discombobulated in the NCAA Tournament after he went down with a wrist injury. While he has good size, Wallace doesn't have good athleticism or an NBA jump shot so he is currently projected as an undrafted player.
Rosco Allen (RS Sr.) SF, 6'9" 220 lbs - Tier 4
Allen is an intriguing prospect to some pro teams because of his size but he would need a strong summer to earn a second round spot. He made a huge jump from his junior season to this year, doubling his point total and improving his rebounding as well.
Tony Parker (Sr.) PF, 6'9" 260 lbs - Tier 4
Parker improved every season at UCLA and is a load on the inside. He's a strong rebounder, especially on the offensive end, but lacks any range in his offensive game and true size needed to play in the NBA.
Julian Jacobs (Jr.) PG, 6'4", 180 lbs - Tier 3
Jacobs made a dramatic jump from his sophomore to his junior season, leading the Trojans to their first 20-win season in years. He earned First Team All-Conference honors and was both the on and off-court leader for USC. While he has elite athleticism, his jump shot and handle are not quite where they need to be. Jacobs would've benefited from one more season at USC, but has a chance to be a second round pick in the draft this year.
Nikola Jovanovic (Jr.) PF, 6'11", 230 lbs - Tier 4
Jovanovic was a highly consistent player for USC throughout his time there, averaging 12 and 7 his past two seasons. While he has decent size, his lack of strength on the interior hurts his defense. Jovanovic has below average athleticism and would've also benefited from another year at school. Losing Jacobs and Jovanovic really hurts USC, moving them from a potential top-20 team to the middle of the Pac-12.