Pac-12 basketball underclassmen draft status report: Who will stay and who will go?

Jeff Gross

Arizona and UCLA are set to lose a lot of talent to the NBA Draft.

SF Brandon Ashley 6'8 230 So. Arizona

Stay or go? Stay - Would be undrafted free agent Good call? Yes

Ashley stated soon after getting injured that he was coming back for his junior year, but you never ever know with early entrants. Ashley is making the right decision as he could be a first round pick if he can bounce back from his injury and return to his previous form.

PF Aaron Gordon 6'9 225 Fr. Arizona

Stay or go? Go - Top 10-15 Good call? Yes

Reports have surfaced that Gordon is on his way after just one year of college basketball and he is going to at least the most-exciting NBA prospect coming from the Pac-12 this year. If Gordon was a little bit taller I would think that another year would be beneficial, but his size makes him a bit of a tweener, so I think he needs to get into the NBA as soon as possible and start defining his position as opposed to getting nitpicked for another year.

SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 6'7 215 Fr. Arizona

Stay or go? Stay - Would be early or mid-second round Good call? Yes

Not much talk about Hollis-Jefferson yet but I think he is coming back for another year since he had limited opportunities to shine as a freshman with Gordon around. There may be no other player in the conference who could benefit more from another year, as Hollis-Jefferson could turn himself into as high as a top five with his length and athleticism, especially since he should see a heavily-increased role if Gordon and Johnson are gone.

PG Nick Johnson 6'3 200 Jr. Arizona

Stay or go? Go - Late-first round or early-second round Good call? Yes

Nothing official on Johnson yet, but all signs have been pointing to Arizona's leader and 2013-14 Pac-12 Player of the Year heading to the NBA a year early. Like Gordon, I think Johnson is a guy that could boost his stock with another year, but is a tweener and would be making the right call by striking while the iron is hot.

C Kaleb Tarczewski 7'0 235 So. Arizona

Stay or go? Stay - Would be early or mid-second round Good call? Yes

Not much talk about Tarczewski to the NBA yet, but he is a physical seven-footer so you have to wonder if he is considering it.  I think staying would be an excellent call for Tarczewski who could push himself into the lottery if he develop a little more offensive skill.

PG Jahii Carson 5'10 180 So. Arizona State

Stay or go? Already declared - Mid to late-second round Good call? Yes

Carson declared for the draft before the NCAA Tournament. He is a guy who unfortunately due to his size, always going to have a tough time getting drafted so he might as well get after it now, especially since he is actually the age of a junior due to taking an extra year to get eligible.

SG Jabari Bird 6'6 190 Fr. Cal

Stay or go? Stay - Would be late second round or undrafted free agent Good call? Yes

Bird didn't have the sensational freshman season that many expected him to have, but he is still an NBA-caliber athlete that may be taking a look at the draft, but I think he will come back. He is another guy who has a golden opportunity if he comes back for one more year, with a ton of opportunities arising from the graduation of Justin Cobbs.

PG Spencer Dinwiddie 6'6 200 Jr. Colorado

Stay or go? Stay - Would be late-second round undrafted free agent Good call? Yes

Dinwiddie has said that he is considering entering the NBA Draft, but nothing official yet, I think we would have heard something about it if he was headed out of Boulder yet though due to his injury. I think it would be a great idea for him to come back for his senior season as if he can bounce back and return to form he will get drafted and maybe even in the first round.

PF Josh Scott 6'10 240 So. Colorado

Stay or go? Stay - Would be late-second round or undrafted free agent Good call? Yes

Haven't heard anything about Scott to the NBA, but another guy with an NBA body who agents and scouts are assuredly talking to, but I'm almost certain he returns. He had a better season than I think most non-Colorado fans realize, but he could really benefit from another year and further push himself into the spotlight.

SF Eric Moreland 6'10 215 Jr. Oregon State

Stay or go? Already declare - Undrafted free agent Good call? No

I believe due to declaring and pulling his name out late, Moreland was locked into leaving early. He is one of the guys every year headed early to the NBA Draft that just makes no sense. He really could have used another year to maybe break out.

PG Chasson Randle 6'2 185 Jr. Stanford

Stay or go? Stay - Would be late second round or undrafted free agent Good call? Uncertain

Not hearing much about Randle to the NBA, but he has an evaluation from the league and is coming off a great run in the NCAA Tournament, but I think he returns for his senior season. I think it might be  wise, with the great games that he had in the tournament fresh in everyone's minds for him to take a shot at getting drafted right now because if he comes back and has just a for the par senior season he probably won't.

SG Jordan Adams 6'5 220 So. UCLA

Stay or go? Go - Late-first round to early-second round Good call? Uncertain

Nothing official on Adams has come out yet, but I think he is headed to the pros even though he didn't announce with Anderson and LaVine. With his strength and mid-range game I think he could get himself into the late first, but I wonder if one  more year as the Bruins' lone star could result in him blowing up and moving much higher up in the draft so I don't know if I can say if it would be a good call yet.

SF Kyle Anderson 6'9 230 So. UCLA

Stay or go? Already declared - Top 10-20 Good call? Yes.

Anderson has already declared, and his inside/outside prowess might make him the top Pac-12 prospect in the entire draft. His decision makes perfect sense as he is coming off a great  year and could have even declared after his freshman year.

PG Zach LaVine 6'5 180 Fr. UCLA

Stay or go? Already declared - Top 10-25 Good call? Uncertain

LaVine has already declared and with his size, speed and shooting ability he's an almost sure-fire first rounder after just one year of school. Where exactly he will get drafted is hard to peg, so I'm not sure if it was the best decision yet, especially considering how loaded this draft is with talented, true point guards.

SG Norman Powell 6'4 215 Jr. UCLA

Stay or go? Stay - Would be undrafted free agent Good call? Yes

Powell has loads of potential that he just can't quite seem to live up to, and if Adams decides to come back, I wonder if he might consider going pro as Adams could blanket his opportunities to shine in his final year of college anyway. Regardless of Adams' decisions, I think he would benefit from one more year, as all it would take is a breakout season to possibly get him into the first round.

PG Delon Wright 6'5 180 Jr. Utah

Stay or go? Stay - Would be late-second round or undrafted free agent. Good call? Yes

Wright is one of the best players in the entire country that nobody knows about despite being one of the best shooters in the nation. I believe that Wright has already stated that he will be coming back for his senior season and it is a good move as another stellar season and leading Utah to the NCAA Tournament could greatly improve his draft stock.

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