Brandon Ashley, Arizona: Seen as a potential first round pick before suffering a season-ending foot injury, Ashley returns hoping to carry over his success from last year. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 22 contests while shooting 52.2% from the floor and 37.9% from three-point range. Ashley could knock down the open jumper, attack off the bounce, or use a post move to find his offense. He’s a bit of a tweener at 6-foot-8 and lacks elite lateral quickness to defend the perimeter, but gives Sean Miller a mismatch offensively.
Jabari Bird, Cal: The former McDonald’s All-American had an up and down freshman season at Cal, partly due to an ankle sprain that sidelined him for four games, but could have a big sophomore year ahead. He’s a better shooter than his 32.3% mark from three-point range last season suggests while he has the size, length, and athleticism for the NBA shooting guard position. Bird can improve in his shot selection, but it will be interesting to see how new head coach Cuonzo Martin utilizes Bird this season.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona: With Aaron Gordon off to the NBA, Hollis-Jefferson is expected to take his spot as the full-time starter. The 6-foot-7 wing used his athleticism to provide energy on the defensive end last year but could develop into a lottery pick this season. He has all the physical tools for the next level and rebounds well for his position but will need to show some improvement on the offensive end. The southpaw is a poor shooter who struggles creating his own offense. Hollis-Jefferson has the athleticism and motor to provide a defensive presence at the next level, but it’s unknown what he’ll provide on the offensive end.
Stanley Johnson, Arizona: The preseason favorite for the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Award, Johnson is expected to make a major impact immediately. He’s a physically mature 6-foot-6 shooting guard that can bully smaller defenders. Johnson isn’t just a bruiser, however, as he’s a skilled ball handler that even spent some time at point guard in high school. He can shoot from deep or attack the rim and finish with contact. Although he isn’t an elite athlete, he’s above average in that area and uses his toughness to compensate. Look for Johnson to spend just one year in Tucson before declaring for the NBA Draft.
Kevon Looney, UCLA: Looney is another talented incoming freshman in the Pac-12. He’s a 6-foot-8 forward that provides versatility due to the range on his jumper. He has a lengthy wingspan that he uses to corral rebounds or block shots. Looney will need to add some muscle and doesn’t quite have a designated position, but could be another one-and-done talent.
Norman Powell, UCLA: The only returning starter for the Bruins, Powell is a bouncy 6-foot-4 shooting guard. He averaged 11.4 points per game on 53.3% shooting but will look to improve on his 29.4% display from behind the arc. Powell’s biggest strength might come on the defensive end, as he defends the perimeter effectively and moves well laterally. He’s slightly undersized, but he has the athleticism and length to help compensate. Powell impressed NBA scouts at the adidas Nations event this past summer.
Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona: While he hasn’t been as dominant as you’d hope from an athletic 7-footer, Tarczewski is an intriguing physical specimen to follow. He averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore on 58.4% shooting. Tarczewski isn’t very lengthy, but is athletic and runs the floor well. He will see another smaller role on a talented roster, but will remain on NBA radars due to his upside.
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington: Williams-Goss is a savvy floor general with good size for the point guard position. The 6-foot-4 sophomore is an effective ball handler that can play in the pick-and-roll and knock down mid-range jumpers. He’ll need improve when attacking the rim, but has a high basketball IQ that gives hope that he’ll add shots such as floaters to his arsenal. Williams-Goss is a steady point guard presence, but may not provide one elite skill for the next level.
Delon Wright, Utah: One of the top surprises in the country last season, the JUCO transfer made a major impact for Utah as a junior. He averaged 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 56.1% from the field. Wright has nice size in the backcourt at 6-foot-5, but isn’t the quickest or most explosive guard. He uses his length to defend at a high level while he draws fouls consistently. He’ll need to improve on his 22.2% showing from three-point range this year to become a more lethal weapon in the pick-and-roll. With expectations now rising, it will be interesting to see how Wright performs under the spotlight. He’s the younger brother of Portland Trail Blazer Dorell Wright.
Joseph Young, Oregon: Young is a gifted scorer who averaged 18.9 points per game last season. He shot an efficient 48% from the field, 41.5% from three-point range, and 88.1% from the free throw line. While Young can score against anyone, his lack of size and strength at 6-foot-2 projects him more as a point guard than shooting guard at the next level. He’ll need to show some potential as a distributor this season to earn an NBA Draft selection.
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