Arizona freshman forward Grant Jerrett will enter the NBA Draft, according to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com. Though underclassman all around the country are jumping to the professional game, Grant’s decision lacks much logic.
Jerrett averaged just 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season and made over half of his field goals behind the three-point line despite having a 6-foot-10 frame.
When it appears that a player will go late in the second round or undrafted, many will opt to stay in college for another season. Jerrett’s choice doesn’t make much sense seeing as he is left off many mock drafts and doesn’t fit the bill of a prototypical power forward in the NBA.
Maybe Jerrett left because of the threat of an incoming recruit. Nationally sought-after forward Aaron Gordon recently announced he would be attending Arizona, and will most likely be a significant contributor with the Wildcats’ loss of star forward Solomon Hill. This move seems to play out as a transfer without any options. Because Jerrett did not show much in his one and only season with Arizona, he doesn’t have options with other programs.
For some, college basketball is nothing more than a pit stop on their way to the NBA. However, others, like Jerrett, should spend some more time in the classroom before being broke and unemployed. I hope you enjoy Europe, Grant.
John Engel is a Pac-12 basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.