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Top 12 Pac-12 prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft: Arizona reloaded with NBA talent

A very early look at the Pac-12's best prospects for next year's NBA Draft.

Jeff Gross

1. Stanley Johnson 6'7 235 Fr. SF Arizona

The Pac-12's best one-and-done candidate for 2015, Johnson is a physical monster that is a rare elite defender coming out of high school. He is one of the top players in his class due to his combination of athleticism, strength and overall drive as a player and even though defense is probably his premier calling card he can really get to the basket and score as well. It is obviously a ways out, but I expect Johnson to end up being a Top 5 or Top 10 pick after just one year of college.

2. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 6'7 215 So. SF Arizona

Hollis-Jefferson is similar to Johnson but not as active on defense and lighter while being a much better scorer. He has a ridiculous wingspan (which is NBA Draft prospect gold), a deadly mid-range game and will be the Wildcats go-to scorer in 2013-14. If he lives up to his potential next season, expect him to be a sure lottery pick and maybe sneak into the Top 10.

3. Kaleb Tarczewski 7'0 250 Jr. C Arizona

A rare big man that can make his size with rebounding and physicality, Tarczewski is a dying breed that isn't as coveted as it used to be in the NBA, but seven footers are still seven footers and he could get into the lottery if he has a good enough season. He isn't a guy who is suddenly going to become a big scorer or run-and-gun style piece, but every team still needs rebounding and size down low and he seems to improve a little bit across the board each season so I expect him to be a first rounder in 2015.

4. Jabari Bird 6'6 190 So. SG Cal

Bird came into Cal as a five-star elite recruit, but underwhelmed a bit in his freshman year, averaging just eight points per-game. However, Bird could easily have a breakout season in 2014-15, as he has more potential than any guard in the conference and it would take just a 15-point per-game season to get Bird into lottery territory.

5. Delon Wright 6'5 180 Sr. PG Utah

One of the most underrated players in the entire country, Wright has excellent size for a point guard and is one of the smartest most efficient players in the country that shoots a ridiculously high percentage from the field for a guard and can rebound and distribute as well as any guard in the conference while also playing defense. Combine all of this with what I think will be a breakout season for the Utes next season and you might have next year's Elfrid Payton in Wright.

6. Brandon Ashley 6'8 230 Jr. PF Arizona

Ashley may have already headed to the NBA if it weren't for a season-ending injury last season, but he should be back in full force next season as a physical forward with a great motor. His lack of size and injury issues will limit his stock, but his range and physicality should make him a first round pick if he can bounce back well from injury.

7. Norman Powell 6'4 215 Sr. SG UCLA

Powell has an NBA body and athleticism, but just hasn't quite fulfilled his potential enough to bolt to the NBA yet. With Zach LaVine, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson off to the NBA, the need for Powell to step up is there and he has the tools to do it and get up to the 18-points per-game range, which could make him a first rounder.

8. Michael Chandler 6'11 240 Jr. C Oregon

Chandler is an incoming JC transfer that pretty much gets this spot on his size potential as one of the top JC prospects in the nation and a former elite high school recruit. We have yet to see what he can do on the court in the Pac-12, but just based on what we know so far, Chandler has the tools to easily be a second round pick and he will get plenty of opportunity to shine in Oregon's barren frontcourt.

9. Joseph Young 6'3 185 Sr. SG Oregon

The Pac-12's best returning pure scorer doesn't have a ton of NBA intangibles but he is a flat out player that is poised for another big season and could end up being a second round steal. He is the kind of guard that could make a living as a streak scorer off the bench at the next level.

10. Josh Scott 6'10 245 Jr. PF Colorado

I have been surprised that I have heard pretty much nothing about Scott's NBA potential as most 6'10 first-team all-conference forwards have a lot of NBA buzz around them, but I think that will change next season. Scott has slowly but surely turned himself into a complete post player and should be a candidate for Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2014-15 and that should get him some serious NBA attention.

11. Thomas Welsh 7'0 245 Fr. C UCLA

There is a pretty big drop off here after Scott and Welsh's seven-foot frame and solid all-around skills coming out of high school are enough to at least get him on the NBA radar. If he can show up as a freshman and continue his progression as a rebounder with defensive presence and a solid offensive game, he will quickly build up some draft stock.

12. Chasson Randle 6'1 180 Sr. SG Stanford

Like Young, Randle is a pure scorer who doesn't have elite size but has great confidence with the ball and can be deadly from the outside. If he can show the ability to play point guard and keep regularly ripping off more than 20 points with accuracy from the outside as a senior, he could easily turn himself into a second round pick.

Others considered

Kevon Looney 6'8 210 Fr. PF UCLA

Nigel Williams-Goss 6'3 185 So. PG Washington

JaQuan Lyle 6'4 210 Fr. PG Oregon

Jonah Bolden 6'8 190 Fr. SF UCLA

Jordan Loveridge 6'6 210 Jr. SF Utah