ESPN analyst says Jerrett has shot at first round

2013-05-16T15:55:00Z 2013-05-16T16:27:34Z ESPN analyst says Jerrett has shot at first roundBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 16, 2013 3:55 pm  • 

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.

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ASU transfer Evan Gordon should bring some perimeter scoring and leadership to Indiana.

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No problem for Allen Crabbe to find some home cooking in Los Angeles.

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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. 

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