ESPN ranks Arizona sixth-best at producing NBA players

2013-06-19T11:52:00Z 2013-06-27T19:57:08Z ESPN ranks Arizona sixth-best at producing NBA playersBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 19, 2013 11:52 am  • 

ESPN today ranked Arizona No. 6 on its list of the top college programs who have produced the most NBA talent in the "modern era" (which it defined as being since 1989, when the draft went to just two rounds).

Wrote ESPN's Myron Medcalf:

"Arizona embodies everything we established at the outset of this series. We were searching for teams that produced quality players in the modern draft era -- and the Wildcats have done that for decades. It just never stops. 

"There’s always NBA talent in Tucson, it seems. So much depth and character. So much player development. And more prospects are on the current roster. 

"We’ve found multiple teams that possess rich college basketball traditions but lukewarm reputations for producing NBA talent. Arizona is not among them. 

"The Cats are a powerhouse in the college game and have a powerhouse presence in the pro game."

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 Draft Express has a breakdown of the USA's U19 team, noting that Aaron Gordon appears to best suited to create mismatches at power forward but has the ability to make it work wherever he plays. 

Wrote Draft Express' Jonathan Givony: "Although question marks remain about how effectively he'll score in the half-court early on in his career until his skill-level increases and his frame fills out, his high basketball IQ will certainly help him contribute in other areas in the meantime."

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ICYMI, we had a story on Aaron Gordon after he made the U19 USA team.

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ESPN's Joel Francisco predicts the Wildcats will land "the best 1-2 punch in the conference" in 2014 prospects Stanley Johnson and Craig Victor (ESPN Insider subscription may be required for the link).

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Couple of late additions around the Pac-12:

-- ASU may have found a replacement for Evan Gordon in juco transfer Shaquielle McKissic.

-- Oregon has reportedly received a commitment from juco forward Richard Amardi.

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A UCLA blog post takes a look at the Bruins' curious point guard situation

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