Grant Jerrett has recently crept onto the tail ends of NBA mock draft boards. Quickly, he's risen on many. The freshman stretch 4 impressed with his draft combine workout that included a shooting drill that the 6-foot-10 big man aced with flying colors. In an age where NBA teams are just fine -- and have more tools such as the D-League -- to develop fresh talent, Jerrett's leaving the Arizona Wildcats isn't all that crazy.
So far, he's proving his decision won't be a complete flop.
While Jerrett's name has popped up on most mock drafts, it's often been found listed before senior Solomon Hill's.
- Draft Express' mock updated Wednesday has Hill going 57th overall, which is the Phoenix Suns' pick. It has Jerrett going two slots later at 59 to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- NBADraft.net has Hill headed to the Washington Wizards at No. 54.
- Chad Ford of ESPN (Insider required) has Jerrett 43rd on his top-100 list while Hill is only 74th.
- CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman lists Jerrett as going 44th to the Dallas Mavericks in his mock. "He shouldn't have come out and while he's not ready, there's plenty of upside. He's long, can really shoot it and just needs to work on his body. (Previous: 53)" He has Hill going 52nd.
- Goodman's partner, Matt Moore, has Jerrett going 49th to the Chicago Bulls and says he has "huge upside." Meanwhile, Moore believes Hill can drop to the 53rd pick, where he believes the forward would fit in the Indiana Pacers' developmentally-based roster.
Hill took part in the Brooklyn-hosted combine and worked out in a group of small forwards that included Arizona State forward Carrick Felix. In a similar workout between some point guard, jettisoned UA guard Josiah Turner took part and lost a one-on-one battle to Louisville guard and one-time Arizona recruit Peyton Siva. Adam Zagoria tweeted that Turner did look good running up and down the floor, but an anonymous general manager told him that he wouldn't touch the former UA guard because of his offcourt troubles.