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2018 Pac-12 basketball NBA Draft underclassmen: who stays and who goes

The Pac-12 has some underclassmen who are on the fence for declaring for the draft.

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Rawle Alkins Jr. SG

Go - Alkins is one of a few Wildcats who have already declared for the draft. He feels like an early-to-mid second round pick. He’s a talented slash style offensive and defensive player with great strength for a guard.

DeAndre Ayton Fr. C

Go - Ayton has already declared and is expected to be the first player taken in the draft so there’s no question about whether he will go or not, or where he will go in the draft.

Allonzo Trier Jr. SG

Go - The last of the trio to already declare, Trier is very similar to Alkins. He’s a 6’4 powerful guard who can drive, score and defend. He seems like an early-to-mid second rounder.


Troy Brown Fr. SG

Go - Brown impressed as a freshman and has massive NBA potential as a 6’7 player that has the ability and athleticism to play both guard positions. I think he leaves as a mid-to-late first round pick.

Kenny Wooten Fr. PF

Stay - A 6’9 athlete who can defend the way Wooten does is welcome to jump to the NBA at any point. However, I think he sticks around for at least another year to ensure he enters as a first round pick. I think he is a Mid-to-late second rounder right now.


Jaylen Hands Fr. PG

Stay - A long and athletic point guard with massive potential who can score? Hands is an NBA prospect, but probably needs another to properly showcase himself and become a first round lock. Right now he is a Late-first-to-early-second rounder.

Aaron Holiday Jr. PG

Go - Holiday has done a lot at UCLA and may have reached his max as an NBA prospect. I think he is a Late-first-to-early-second rounder and that means he should go.

Kris Wilkes Fr. SF

Stay - Similar to Hands, Wilkes progressed a lot as a freshman and is a nice NBA prospect. Like Hands as well, I think he comes back to keep progressing and polish his game to rise from being a Late-first-round-to-early-second rounder.


Bennie Boatwright Jr. PF

Stay - Boatwright had his season end early with a knee injury so it makes him leaving early less likely in my opinion. I think he comes back as he is only a late-second round to UDFA prospect right now.

Chimezie Metu Jr. PF

Go - Metu drew headlines for sitting on the NIT. He’s already gone as a late-first round to early-second round prospect.


Jaylen Nowell Fr. PG

Stay - Nowell is a 6’4 point guard with nice mid range game and athleticism. He’s not ready for the NBA yet and is probably a mid-to-late second rounder and will probably return.

Matisse Thybulle Jr. SG

Stay - The Pac-12’s best defender might be a lottery candidate if he were a few inches taller, but being 6’5 limits him a bit. He’s a mid-to-late second rounder right now who I think is coming back.

Washington State

Robert Franks Jr. SF

Stay - Franks blew up in 2017-18 and might have turned himself into a solid NBA prospect. I think he comes back knowing that another good year probably guarantees him a second round slot. He’s a Late-second round to UDFA right now.