Arizona Wildcats basketball: Budinger leaning toward departure

2008-06-12T00:00:00Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Budinger leaning toward departureBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 12, 2008 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX -- After a workout for the Suns today, UA forward Chase Budinger said he’s receiving the kind of feedback that will prompt him to leave the Wildcats for good.

Budinger said he did not have a minimum draft position to forfeit his final two years of college eligibility, but has been hearing that he’s a solid first round pick

“If I was hearing things like I was dropping into the second round, I would most likely come back,” Budinger said. “But the information I been getting is I’m not going to be dropping into the second round. I feel I’m in the top 20, top 21. That’s the number I’ve been hearing.”

When asked if Top 21 was good enough for him to stay in the draft, Budinger said: “In my mind I think it’s good enough.”

Budinger has been expected to leave if he is a Top 20 pick since he declared for the draft in April, though he has not yet signed with an agent in order to retain his college eligibility. He has until Monday to withdraw from the June 26 draft.

Budinger declined to speak at length about whether his two seasons at Arizona are affecting his decision.

“All I can say is two years of Arizona was a great experience,” Budinger said. “I had a great time there. It’s a great school. It was a little shaky from my first to second year with the coaching change and all that. But in the end, it taught me a good lesson. I was able to adjust to two different coaches and that’s most likely going to happen in the NBA, also.”

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