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Arizona basketball: DeAndre Ayton says Kobi Simmons will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft

Lauri Markkanen likely won’t be the only Wildcat departing for the NBA

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The Arizona Wildcats held a press conference Thursday allowing Lauri Markkanen to officially declare his intentions to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

A similar press conference — maybe more than one — will likely be held in the near future, only it will be someone other than Markkanen sitting next to Sean Miller at the podium.

The Wildcats still have three players — Kobi Simmons, Allonzo Trier, and Rawle Alkins — expected to consider entering the 2017 NBA Draft, and the plan is to have each of them hold separate press conferences should they choose to declare.

“We’re going to do each one of these guys individually for obvious reasons because each one of them has a different situation,” Miller said Thursday. “We care equally about all of them.”

So, whose turn is next? According to incoming UA recruit DeAndre Ayton, it will likely be Simmons.

Ayton revealed to Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer that Simmons is planning to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft. projects Simmons will be selected 51st overall by the Denver Nuggets.

The freshman, like all early entrants, has until April 23 to declare so Simmons’ decision will be known sooner rather than later.

And if Ayton is right, at least one more press conference is on the horizon.

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