UA basketball: Why Jerrett may have left Wildcats

2013-04-18T11:00:00Z 2013-04-18T12:58:25Z UA basketball: Why Jerrett may have left WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 18, 2013 11:00 am  • 

There's one question above all being asked about Grant Jerrett's decision to turn professional:

Why?

Anytime somebody leaves without being assured of a first-round NBA pick, which guarantees a six-figure salary, it's difficult to figure what's going on behind the scenes.

But consider these facts if you want to piece together a theory:

-- Jerrett and Eric Cooper, Jr., committed together in 2010 to play for Arizona, Jerrett for the 2012-13 season and Cooper for the 2013-14 season. Both were playing at the time for Cooper's father, Eric, at LaVerne (Calif.) Lutheran.

-- Since then, Cooper suffered several significant injuries, dropped as a college prospect, and reclassified to 2014 by deciding to attend Brewster (N.H.) Academy next season and delay his arrival in Tucson for the 2014-15 season. Cooper Sr. said his son remained committed to the Wildcats after reclassifying.

-- On Tuesday, a day after news surfaced that Jerrett was considering an early departure, it also came out that Cooper decommitted. Cooper Sr. said his son's decommitment and Jerrett's decision were not related.

-- Cooper Sr. is the brother of new USC women's coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who is married to agent Brian Dyke.

-- CBSSports says Jerrett is likely to sign with Brian Dyke.

-- Cooper, who was very accessible since Jerrett and his son committed, did not return messages Wednesday left by the Star.

-- Jerrett is a possible second-round pick, ESPN's Chad Ford says, creating intrigue among scouts because of his ability to spread the floor (link requires ESPN Insider access). Draft Express rated him the 25th best freshman prospect in college basketball.

-- The 2013 NBA Draft is not considered overly strong.

-- Aaron Gordon, the highest-rated player Sean Miller has ever recruited, will be arriving next season. He's expected to play power forward and maybe small forward, in the same turf where Jerrett and Brandon Ashley reside.

-- (You may recall that some folks believed Marcus Williams might have been a first-round pick in 2006 had he left then instead of playing with Chase Budinger in 2006-07. Williams left in 2007 and slipped to the second round).

-- And Channing Frye, for one, doesn't see a problem with Jerrett's decision.

 

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