Feb 9, 2014; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) guard Nick Johnson (13) and forward Aaron Gordon (11) sit on the bench during the second half against the Oregon State Beavers at McKale Center. Arizona won 76-54. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: ‘All signs point to both Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson leaving’


Since the Arizona Wildcats had their season ended in the Elite Eight when they were taken down by the Wisconsin Badgers 64-63 in overtime, all of the talk have surrounded the futures of forward Aaron Gordon and guard Nick Johnson.

According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, both players will likely declare for the draft.

“All signs point to both Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson leaving,” Ford wrote. “Gordon is a lock for the Top 10. Johnson is a bubble first rounder but it sounds like he wants to leave. The interesting question will be with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He’s played well enough to be a lock for the first round. But with another year, he could be a lottery pick. With super recruit Stanley Johnson heading to Arizona in the fall, will that affect his decision? They play the same position.”

Gordon, who averaged 12.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game, currently projects as the eighth overall pick in Draft Express’ latest mock draft.

They project Johnson to be a mid second round pick. He averaged 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He was named the Pac 12′s Player of the Year.

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