Arizona Wildcats basketball: Gordon to announce decision Tuesday

2014-04-14T11:15:00Z 2014-04-14T18:27:20Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Gordon to announce decision TuesdayBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Updated to note that UA said Monday evening that it would hold a news conference "to discuss the current state of the Arizona men’s basketball program," so both Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson may make it official.


Arizona Wildcats freshman forward Aaron Gordon will announce his future plans Tuesday, his mother told the Star today.

Shelly Davis wouldn't say what her son will do -- though he is widely expected to declare for the NBA Draft -- but said he will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss it.

Davis declined to say what the decision-making process has been like with her son until after he announces his plans. She said she was leaving Tucson today, having been in town because Aaron had his wisdom teeth removed.

Gordon is projected as the No. 8 pick in the June NBA Draft by Draft Express. If he's drafted in that spot, he will receive about $5 million guaranteed over his first two seasons under the NBA's rookie salary scale.

That Gordon would leave the Wildcats after a year has been expected virtually since the day he committed to UA a year ago. UA coach Sean Miller even oversigned his 2014 recruiting class by two, suggesting an expectation of losing players early.

In addition, Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle in January that Aaron would "most likely" enter the draft if everything went as planned.

Gordon's expected departure will leave UA with 14 players on its 2014-15 roster and the Wildcats will be down to the scholarship maximum of 13 if Nick Johnson also declares for the NBA as expected.

Arizona will officially add its fifth 2014 recruit, center Dusan Ristic, after the spring signing period begins on Wednesday. In the fall, UA signed guards Stanley Johnson, Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Kadeem Allen along with forward Craig Victor.

Allen was named the national junior college player of the year earlier today while Stanley Johnson played in the Hoop Summit on Saturday and will be in the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday.

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