Had a chance to get a few UA-related questions in to ESPN NBA Draft analyst Chad Ford today (thanks to ESPN, which forwarded the questions to him since I couldn't get through on his ESPN conference call Wednesday).
Here were Ford's answers:
Q: What can Grant Jerrett do this week to help himself and/or during team workouts? Does he have a shot at the first round or of being drafted at all?
A: Scouts really liked him in high school as a potential stretch four in the NBA. He just needs to shoot the ball well, show some athletic ability and maybe show teams that he's improved his body. I do think he's got a shot at the first round with great workouts. Lots of potential there.
Q: Where does Mark Lyons end up (he played in Portsmouth but was not invited to Chicago).
A: Probably Europe. He doesn't look like the type of guard NBA teams are usually interested in. But I think he's a really good player who could have a long, lucrative career in Europe.
Q: Is there any interest in Josiah Turner? Why/why not?
A: Talent wise? Sure. But he's got to show teams that he's matured. The question always is … is his talent worth the trouble? For Arizona, the answer was no. He's got a lot to prove to NBA teams that he's grown up.
ASU transfer Evan Gordon should bring some perimeter scoring and leadership to Indiana.
No problem for Allen Crabbe to find some home cooking in Los Angeles.
John D complained on the previous discussion thread that UA-UCLA should never be a one-game series. There's no question it's always a huge one and the absence of the game at McKale next season will significantly hurt UA's home schedule.
But the Pac-12 presidents, on advice of their ADs, passed the schedule this way. There were no special concessions made for basketball other than to keep the geographic rivals together -- and that's an issue you can bet most ADs wanted because most of them will generate more interest in a rivalry game than another Pac-12 game. (Possible exceptions: UA, Colorado, Utah and UCLA).
The only real Pac-12 scheduling concession was done in football, where the Bay area schools were guaranteed a chance to play the Los Angeles schools each season even though they are in different divisions.