2014 NBA Draft Pac-12 early entry winners and losers

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Arizona lost Gordon and Johnson, but ultimate came away a winner.

Winners

Arizona

The Wildcats took heavy blows in losing freshman Aaron Gordon and junior Nick Johnson but they could have been absolutely gutted and managed to get every player who should have come back to come back. Freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and sophomores Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley are the kind of players that declare early all of the time and their return makes the Wildcats a major national title contender again in 2014-15.

Pac-12 players

I don't know if I have ever seen a more perfectly-played early entrant field from the Pac-12 than this year's. The only real head scratcher of the bunch was Oregon State junior Eric Moreland and I believe he was required to take the leap after testing the waters last season. I even liked the decisions of guys like Jahii Carson, Spencer Dinwiddie and Nick Johnson declaring early, capitalizing on stock that probably couldn't have been raised any higher and avoiding chasing further college glory.

Oregon

The Ducks simply went one-for-one, keeping junior Joseph Young out of the draft and giving themselves a great shot at getting back to the tournament next year.

Utah

Another simple one-for-one, the Utes were able to get under-the-radar junior guard Delon Wright to come back for his senior year and make the Utes a serious contender for an NCAA Tournament berth next season.

Washington

Washington has quickly become a program without much to get excited about, especially with C.J. Wilcox graduating, so getting freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss to stick around may keep the program from slipping into utter disarray.

Losers

Colorado

I thought for a long time that Colorado was going to get junior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie back, but they lost him to the draft and you can't blame him as coming back from another year would risk another injury. The Buffs looked like a preseason Top 25 team next season if he returned, but now they will not be nearly as highly-rated going into next season.

Oregon State

The Beavers lost junior forward Eric Moreland, who could have finally capitalized on his unlimited potential as a senior in what was the only truly regrettable early entry decision of this year.

UCLA

The Bruins could have realistically gotten each player of the Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Zach LaVine trio back, but lost all three and now must completely rebuild next season. Each player is a borderline lottery prospect and could have used another season to solidify their standing, but decided to head to the NBA.

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