Mar 10, 2014 4:24 PM EDT
Nick Johnson of Arizona has been named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Johnson was joined on the All-Pac-12 First Team by Aaron Gordon, Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Jahii Carson, Justin Cobbs, Dwight Powell, Chasson Randle, Josh Scott and Delon Wright.
Gordon was also named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
On the All-Pac-12 Second Team are Jordan Bachynski, T.J. McConnell, Roberto Nelson, C.J. Wilcox and Joseph Young.
Bachynski was also named Defensive Player of the Year.
Joining Gordon on the All-Freshman Team are Bryce Alford, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Zach Lavine and Nigel Williams-Goss.
Aug 28, 2013 10:45 PM EDT
Trevon Bluiett will take a visit to UCLA this weekend, and has plans to visit Purdue next weekend, according to a source.
Bluiett averaged 27.8 points and nine rebounds last season as a junior at Park Tudor HS in Indianapolis.
A 6-foot-6 guard, Bluiett is ranked No. 46 in the 2014 class by Rivals.
Aug 27, 2013 11:38 PM EDT
Aaron Gordon came in second in the Arizona Wildcats' annual mile run, finishing in 5:22:00.
Gordon finished one second behind Nick Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard who started all 35 games for the Wildcats last season.
Gordon's conditioning and work ethic have drawn high praise from Sean Miller.
Aug 23, 2013 11:51 PM EDT
Aaron Gordon’s athleticism and motor have drawn comparison to Blake Griffin.
“I think it’s unfair to put that on Aaron,” said Sean Miller, who will coach Gordon at Arizona this season. “I don’t know if he’s as much of a post player as Blake Griffin is. Aaron might not even be as big physically as Blake Griffin. ... But he does some other things that are much different. He’s much more fluid away from the basket entering his freshman year, I think if you would make that comparison at equal time, than Blake Griffin [was]. The one thing they share is athleticism in and around the basket or in transition.”
Gordon has shown the ability to play both inside and out.
“What he does, he does a little bit of everything,” Miller said. “And he can really handle the ball. He’s an unselfish passer, he’s great in transition. He can rebound at both ends. From a defensive perspective, it’s like he’s an upperclassman. He can guard a variety of players. And he takes that part of his game seriously. ... I’m almost describing an older player and yet Aaron just turned 18 years old.”
Aug 21, 2013 11:55 PM EDT
J.P. Macura has narrowed his list of schools to Minnesota, Creighton, Xavier, Purdue and Iowa State.
Macura will take an official visit to Xavier on Sept. 6 and likely Iowa State on Sept. 15.
The 6-foot-5 Macura eliminated Butler from consideration when Brad Stevens took the Boston Celtics job.
“I had a good relationship with the new head coach and most of the players when I went on a visit,” Macura told Gopherhole.com. “It is hard to say no to them, but I think it was a good choice because Brad (Stevens) is not there and that is a huge, huge thing for him to be there.”
Aug 21, 2013 11:49 PM EDT
Josh Perkins has trimmed his list of finalists to three schools: UCLA, Minnesota and Gonzaga.
Perkins plans to make his college decision this weekend.
Perkins is a consensus top-30 prospect in the class of 2014.
Aug 17, 2013 7:12 PM EDT
Arizona received a verbal commitment from Craig Victor, a highly-touted 6-foot-8 forward out of New Orleans St. Augustine.
Victor turned down offers from LSU and Oklahoma State.
“The situation with (head coach) Sean Miller and Arizona as a program is that they are a big-time college basketball program,” said Graegg Holmes, director of Victor’s AAU program, New Orleans Elite. “He’s seen the draft picks that they’ve been having. His ultimate goal, and hopefully it happens for him, is to become a pro.
“(College) is just a stepping stone to what he ultimately wants to do. Oklahoma State and LSU could have prepared him as they’ve had people get drafted too. But how things have happened in the past, that really swayed him.”
Victor is a top-25 prospect in the class of 2014.
Apr 26, 2013 3:41 PM EDT
Andre Roberson canceled a Friday press conference at which he was scheduled to announce whether he would enter the NBA draft.
The deadline is 10 p.m. Sunday for non-seniors to declare for the draft.
"It's a big decision, an emotional decision," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "Especially for Andre, when you want something (professional career) so much and you're also at a place (CU) that is so special to him, you're torn.
"Andre sees the benefits and risks of both, and he's weighing those benefits and risks. At the end of the day, he'll do what's best for him."
Apr 18, 2013 9:45 PM EDT
C.J. Wilcox will not be entering the NBA draft and will return to Washington for his senior year.
Wilcox led the Huskies in scoring last season, averaging 16.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting, including 36.6 percent from behind the three-point line.
Wilcox was projected as a second-round draft pick by the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which consists of general managers and player personnel executives.
Apr 18, 2013 11:25 AM EDT
Grant Jerrett has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.
A 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward, Jerrett averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in in his first and only season at Arizona.
Jerrett shot 40.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.
“I would like to wish Grant well as he pursues his goal of becoming a part of the NBA,” Wildcats coach Sean Miller said in a statement. “Not only is Grant a talented player, but he is an even better person with a wonderful and supportive family. I look forward to helping him in any way that I can as he moves forward in his basketball career.”
Jerrett is expected to sign with agent Brian Dyke.
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Trey Burke is within a couple days of making a decision about entering the NBA draft.
Andre Roberson is pondering whether to return to Colorado for his senior season.
Shabazz Muhammad has not formally announced whether he will declare for the NBA draft.
Kyle Anderson is projected as a second round draft choice.
Brad Stevens’ contract with Butler runs through 2021-22.
Shaka Smart is one of the most sought-after coaches in the country.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s contract as a special assistant for the Lakers expired in 2011.
Shabazz Muhammad has come under much scrutiny since his arrival at UCLA last summer.
Shabazz Muhammad seems to have played his way down the NBA draft board.
Oregon defeated UCLA 78-69 to win the 2013 Pac-12 Tournament.
Dwight Powell was projected as a borderline first-round pick.
Allen Crabbe has been named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
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