Of course, Lauri Markkanen declared for the NBA draft after his freshman season at Arizona. He’s a likely lottery pick.
Kobi Simmons leaving Arizona after his freshman season for the NBA? This one is a little more surprising.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN:
Simmons saw a significantly reduced role in the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments, which could have contributed to him leaving even though he might go undrafted. His situation at Arizona wasn’t necessarily better than that.
A 6-foot-5 point guard, Simmons claims a 45-inch vertical. He has some slashing ability, though he too infrequently put it to good use, shooting poorly everywhere – even at the rim – in his lone college season.
If you squint, you can see a potential NBA player. But Simmons is so rough around the ages.
Given his age (20 in July) and seemingly tough fit at Arizona, Simmons probably deserves a flier in the second round – especially with NBA teams allowed two more roster spots for two-way contracts.