Monday, April 14, 2014
The interwebs, the Twittersphere and everywhere else that "breaking news" can be found nowadays is full of reports today that Aaron Gordon is going to declare for the NBA Draft ... sometime this week.
And the modern streetcar is going to start operating. At some point. Probably. You heard it here first!
Why Gordon's impending decision is suddenly news, seeing as this has been considered a foregone conclusion since he arrived last fall, just boggles my mind.
When he actually declares, that'll be something to report on. For now, though, it's more just a matter of trying to be the first outlet to report on this "expected" move, making sure to cite "sources" that are really just the writer coming up with crap on his or her own and not having to be held accountable.
These same "sources," whom I believe includes your neighbor and the guy who cleans the bathrooms at McKale Center, also believe that Nick Johnson is likely to leave as well, but that Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski are coming back. Same with Brandon Ashley, though I don't need a source to tell me that having not played since early February because of surgically repaired foot ligaments is a good reason to remain amateur another year.
Rest assured, Arizona fans: as long as they don't all leave, the Wildcats should be just as good (if not better) for the 2014-15 season. Arizona brings in a 5-star wing in 6'7" Stanley Johnson, another inside bruiser in 6'8" Craig Victory, a prolific junior college scorer in Kadeem Allen, a tiny-but-quick point guard in Parker Jackson-Cartwright and the obligatory 7-foot Serbian-by-way-of-a-private-school-in-Kansas in Dusan Ristic.
Arizona will be ranked in the top 5 in every preseason poll. It's already that way in the way-too-early rankings for 2014-15, including this handy one from a comprehensive sports Web site that includes many great writers including this guy.