Arizona freshman forward Grant Jerrett is considering an early jump to the professional basketball this spring, but his decision may still take a while.
Although the NCAA's withdrawal deadline is today, making any subsequent decisions irrevocable, players actually have until April 28 to declare for the NBA draft. Jerrett is expected to take the next two weeks to gather information before making his decision final.
Dinos Trigonis, Jerrett's travel-ball coach with Southern California-based Belmont Shore club, said Tuesday that he was told Jerrett's decision remains uncertain.
"It wasn't a definitely done deal," Trigonis said.
Former Wildcat player Eric Cooper, who coached Jerrett at LaVerne (Calif.) Lutheran High School in 2011-12, declined to comment via text message. Cooper also declined to comment when asked about a CBSSports tweet that quoted him as saying Jerrett "has no intention of going in the draft at this time."
Draft Express president Jonathan Givony said he would be surprised if Jerrett eventually decides to leave UA this spring. Jerrett flashed NBA potential last season but is not currently projected as a first-round draft pick, which warrants a guaranteed contract.
Draft Express rated Jerrett the No. 25 freshman last season, having projected him in the middle of the first round in Draft Express' 2014 mock draft last fall before removing him.
ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford, meanwhile, rated Jerrett the No. 27 power forward prospect and the 124th best prospect overall. Ford listed Jerrett in the "second-round/undrafted" category, but noted that Jerrett's passing, basketball IQ and shooting are strengths.
Those strengths were not always on display last season at Arizona. Jerrett played in 34 of 35 games for Arizona, missing a Feb. 6 game with Stanford because of a foot injury, but started in just two games and averaged only 17.8 minutes. He averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds, but he made 40.5 percent of his three-pointers and 81.8 percent of his free throws.
Jerrett had possibly his best game of the season on March 2 at UCLA, when he hit 4 of 5 three-pointers and scored 14 points, with five rebounds, an assist and a block. He also had 10 rebounds against the Bruins at McKale Center on Jan. 24 and blocked six Oregon State shots on Jan. 12 in Corvallis, Ore.
Arizona is already losing forward Solomon Hill from its frontcourt next season but is expected to return Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley, Angelo Chol and Matt Korcheck, while bringing in freshmen Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Hollis-Jefferson signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Wildcats last fall, while Gordon is expected to sign his when the spring signing period opens Wednesday. The Wildcats have one remaining scholarship open for next season and two if Jerrett leaves.
• Former UA guard MoMo Jones was named the New York metro area's most outstanding Division I player by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. While playing for Iona last season, Jones was the nation's third-leading scorer with an average of 22.6 points per game.
• Oregon State forward Eric Moreland announced he would remain in Corvallis instead of entering the NBA draft.