The Arizona Wildcats basketball team had two players taken in the 2017 NBA draft.
Judging by early 2018 NBA mock drafts, the program could see more picks next year.
DeAndre Ayton, Allonzo Trier, Rawle Alkins and Emmanuel Akot are all projected to get picked in the NBA draft in early predictions.
One site even has all four going in the Top 21.
2018 NBA MOCK DRAFTS: Suns land DeAndre Ayton?
Ayton in early mock drafts:
CBS Sports: Ayton goes No. 4 to Magic
Gary Parrish writes: “Ayton could become the first player since Anthony Davis in 2012 to win a national title and then be the No. 1 pick in the subsequent NBA Draft. He’s a super-talented big who will become an NBA star – if he ever learns to A) play at a high level consistently, and B) avoid complacency.”
chatsports.com: Ayton taken No. 3 to Suns
Brian Rauf writes: “The best true center prospect we’ve seen in some time, Ayton is a highly skilled big man who still has plenty of upside. Though he’s not a super athlete, he’s a good athlete with reliable post moves.”
csnmidatlantic.com: Ayton selected by Suns at No. 2
Ben Standig writes: “The 7-footer with a 7-foot-5 wingspan takes his talents to Tucson. In this scenario, he’d remain in the state. Phoenix could lose Alex Len in free agency and the ex-Terp hasn’t lived up to his lottery status.”
nbadraftroom.com: Ayton picked by Bulls at No. 3
It writes: “A man among boys. Has all the tools to become an NBA great but needs to put it all together and play with consistent intensity.”
thebiglead.com: Ayton to the Mavs at No. 6
Jason McIntyre writes: “A monster in high school (7-foot-1, 240 pounds) and should be a force in the Pac-12. It’s a great draft for centers, but how much will they matter to NBA teams?”
nbadraft.net: Ayton lands with Lakers at No. 3
Trier in early mock drafts:
CBS Sports: Trier picked by Trail Blazers at No. 21
Parrish writes: “Trier is a tremendous scorer who should lead the Wildcats in shot attempts and points per game. He won’t be the first Arizona player taken. But he should be a First Team All-American.”
nbadraftroom.com: Trier taken by Nuggets at No. 21
It writes: “A scoring guard who attacks the rim and is a constant threat to put the ball in the bucket.”
thebiglead.com: Trier to the Magic at No. 7
McIntyre writes: “Aggressive scorer who could have entered the 2017 draft, but waiting a year may vault him into the lottery. Averaged 17.2 ppg on 46 percent shooting, and 39 percent on 3-pointers, Trier would be best served focusing on defense and passing to take his game to the next level.”
nbadraft.net: Trier goes to Celtics at No. 27
tankathon.com: Trier ends up with Jazz at No. 23
draftexpress.com: Trier goes No. 35
Alkins in early mock drafts:
nbadraftroom.com: Alkins goes to Raptors at No. 20
It writes: “An aggressive scorer who is built like a bull and can really handle the ball.”
SB Nation: Alkins ends up going No. 17
Ricky O’Donnell writes: “Alkins made a deadline decision to return to Arizona for his sophomore season. The Wildcats are going to be loaded with the trio of Ayton, Allonzo Trier, and Alkins leading the way. Alkins is a strong, 6’5, New York-bred guard with two-way potential. He reminds me of a more modest Lance Stephenson.”
nbadraft.net: Alkins lands with Raptors at No. 23
tankathon.com: Alkins picked by Raptors at No. 24
draftexpress.com: Alkins goes No. 44
Akot in early mock drafts:
nbadraftroom.com: Akot taken by Hawks at No. 16
It writes: “A big time athlete with great strength and a smooth game. Could develop into an elite two-way prospect.”
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