Thursday, April 18, 2013
Jerrett capable of NBA success?
UPDATE: Arizona freshman big Grant Jerrett has declared for the NBA draft. He's listed as the 18th best power forward by Chad Ford and will go into spring workouts realistically pegged as either a second round pick or undrafted. Possible contributions to his decision were the impending emergence of superstar incoming freshman Aaron Gordon (San Jose/Archbishop Mitty) and fellow rising sophomore Brandon Ashley. Jerrett played in 34 of his team's games and started in two, posting a 114 offensive rating on low usage. He'll be able to shoot from multiple places on the floor and his designation as a stretch four could be attractive at the next level. It's a hit to Arizona's front line but it will mean Gordon and Ashley will be asked to carry more of the load, something they should be able to do in their quest for a national championship.
Multiple reports on Monday indicated that Arizona freshman forward Grant Jerrett is considering declaring for the NBA draft. If it happens, it will leave the Wildcats with two open scholarships for 2013, and open the door for more minutes for incoming freshman Aaron Gordon as well as highly touted sophomore Brandon Ashley.
Jerrett’s travel coach, Dinos Trigonis, said in the Arizona Daily Star that he was told Jerrett was thinking about it but that “it wasn’t a definitely done deal, either.”
While being a one-and-done wouldn't be surprising for a player dubbed by ESPN as the No. 9 recruit in 2012, Jerrett's departure would be sure to raise a few eyebrows for the simple fact that he didn't have a big freshman season. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward averaged only 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds, and often drifted out to the perimeter (where he shot 40.5 percent from 3-point land). That's the type of role he'd likely take on at the next level -- a stretch 4 in the mold of another former Pac-12 player, Ryan Anderson.
We'll let you know when we hear more on Jerrett, who Chad Ford ranks as the No. 124 prospect in 2013.