UPDATE: Jeff Goodman was told Grant Jerrett will not be entering the NBA Draft. It should be noted, however, that Cooper does not refute the possibility of Jerrett leaving Arizona for another school:
Arizona freshman Grant Jerrett's high school coach Eric Cooper to CBSSports. "Grant has no intention of going in the draft at this time."— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 15, 2013
Arizona forward Grant Jerrett is reportedly considering a jump to the 2013 NBA Draft. The freshman's former coach, Dinos Trigonis, told Bruce Pascoe that he heard it was not a done deal, but Point Guard U believes it is. The reasoning is a bit unknown, but ASU rivals reporter Chris Karpman has sources telling him it's because he doesn't enjoy playing for Sean Miller.
Tuesday is the deadline for players to pull their names out of the draft, and April 28 marks the deadline to declare.
Firstly, it's important to note the "why?" It's no secret that Miller is a strong personality, and he expects a lot of his players. Jerrett, a mild-mannered person by all accounts, might be under the same umbrella as Daniel Bejarano, who left the Wildcats after a season for Colorado State
Bejarano publicly criticized Miller's behavior, saying he used inappropriate language with his mother and AAU coach.
Take that for what it's worth.
Miller has seen many transfers in his few seasons at Arizona, and it's true that movement is this common in college basketball.
Often times, players think they're being underutilized or are victims of favoritism elsewhere. With Jerrett, that could be the case. Though he still had an important role off the bench, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski saw more starting minutes throughout the year. With Aaron Gordon added to the mix, the frontcourt depth would be shoulder-to-shoulder.
So maybe he doesn't like the situation.
Why could Jerrett consider the NBA?
Essentially, most criticism headed Jerrett's way is because people don't see a seventh man on a college team making a dent in the NBA. But essentially, this is a transfer.
Where Jerrett might sit out a year because of a transfer, he could ultimately hurt his draft stock should he not improve as -- age-wise -- a junior. And that's especially the case if he didn't improve in his first season back with a new team. Take a look at how much Shabazz Muhammad's stock fell when it was determined he was a year older, and you'll see the risk by staying in college.
After all, Jerrett came on strongly -- especially on the defensive end -- toward the end of the year. He was valued as a top-10 recruit because of his length and unique skillset as a stretch 4, and though he's clearly not physically ready, NBA teams do enjoy the promise of potential.
Still, it's not a wild argument to say he has the most NBA upside of any player on the Wildcats' roster. While Tarczewski is a decent-enough NBA center and Ashley is a tweener -- although that term is getting more rare by the day -- with undetermined strengths, Jerrett is both a valuable offensive piece as a shooter and, potentially, a very good defender.
Leaving this early keeps that potential intact.
Some NBA very well could take a risk on Jerrett.
Why shouldn't Jerrett leave for the NBA?
Simply put, Jerrett's production hasn't showed anything but flashes of potential. Jerrett could be a poor-man's Anthony Davis level of a defender in his sophomore season, and leaving after his freshman season runs the risk that he goes undrafted.
Jerrett averaged 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and a block per game, and he shot above 40 percent from three-point range this season.
He was not ranked on DraftExpress' most recent 2013 or 2014 mock draft, but he was once included on the 2014 version earlier this season. That said, the reasoning for Jerrett going unlisted might have been because he wasn't viewed as someone who would enter the draft -- for obvious reasons.
Anyhow, Jerrett would clearly be giving up a good enough amount of money if he enters the draft this season; even if the 2013 draft is considered weak.