Wildcats' Jerrett considering NBA departure

2013-04-15T10:39:00Z 2013-04-15T15:12:35Z Wildcats' Jerrett considering NBA departureBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 15, 2013 10:39 am  • 

Even as the Arizona Wildcats signed three highly rated big men in the class of 2012, there was no telling how long they would have any of them.

Not surprisingly, then, news arrived today that Grant Jerrett is considering leaving UA for the NBA.

Multiple reports have suggested Jerrett is either leaving or has considered leaving while while Jerrett’s travel-ball coach, Dinos Trigonis said he was told Jerrett was thinking about it but that “it wasn’t a definitely done deal, either.”

Jerrett’s high school coach, Eric Cooper, said via text message that he would not comment about Jerrett. Cooper is a former Wildcat player whose son, Eric, committed to UA for the 2014 class.

While the NCAA's withdrawal deadline is Tuesday, players actually have until April 28 to declare to the NBA -- they just can't revoke the decision after Tuesday. Jerrett is expected to take the next two weeks to gather information before making a final decision.

Draft Express president Jonathan Givony said he would be surprised if Jerrett were leaving. Jerrett flashed NBA potential last season with his size, shooting ability and blocked shots, and Draft Express rated Jerrett the No. 25 freshman last season.

Jerrett was projected in the middle of the 2014 mock draft as of last fall before Draft Express removed him.

Jerrett played in 34 of 35 games for Arizona,  averaging 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds while making 40.5 percent of his three-point shots. Jerrett played 34 of UA’s 25 games, missing a Feb. 6 game with Stanford because of a foot injury.

While players have until April 28 to enter the NBA draft, the decision is not revokable after Tuesday, when the NCAA has a withdrawal deadline for players who want to return to school.

While players used to be able to "test the draft waters" until later in the spring, the NCAA rule was put into place so that coaches will know how many scholarships they need to fill when the spring signing period begins in mid-April (it's Wednesday this year).

Effectively, as Draft Express notes, there really is no testing the waters anymore...

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UA has one remaining scholarship for the class of 2013 as of now, and a departure by Jerrett would give it another. The Wildcats will have the full allotment of 13 for the first time in three years because of NCAA sanctions.

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Meanwhile, OSU's Eric Moreland is going to announce his intentions today at 2 p.m.

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