A surprise to no one, Arizona Wildcats guard Brandon Randolph did not get selected in the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday.
The sophomore was not listed on ESPN’s Top 100, making it an extreme long shot that he would be taken in the 60-player draft.
It’s the first time since 2016 and second time since 2012 that an Arizona Wildcat was not drafted into the NBA.
Randolph can go several ways from here. He can sign a two-way contract, an Exhibit 10 contract, a standard G League contract, or head overseas.
An Exhibit 10 contract is a one-year non-guaranteed minimum contract with a bonus that “can pay the player from $5,000 to $50,000 if the player is waived by his NBA team, signs with the G League, is assigned to the NBA team’s G League affiliate, and stays there at least 60 days,” according to CBAFAQ.com.
In simpler terms, it is a training camp invite and if Randolph makes the NBA roster he will be a minimum-salaried player. If he gets cut, but signs with the organization’s G League affiliate, he will receive a bonus in addition to his G League salary.
A two-way player is a G League player who can spend up to 45 days in the NBA. A two-way player in 2019-20 will receive the G League base salary of $79,568 plus the prorated league minimum for each day he is on an active NBA roster, a maximum salary of roughly $400,000.
Former UA guard Allonzo Trier originally signed a two-way contract after going undrafted last year, but played so well that the New York Knicks converted that agreement into a two-year, $7 million NBA contract.
In 2019-20, Trier is scheduled to earn roughly the same as the No. 12 pick in his draft class, proof that going undrafted can actually be a blessing in disguise for some players.
It will be important for Randolph to secure a spot on an NBA Summer League roster next month so that he can make an impression on NBA and international talent evaluators.
Armed with some interesting physical tools but lacking polish, the lanky 6-foot-6 Randolph was Arizona’s leading scorer in 2018-19, averaging 12.4 points per game, albeit on an unimpressive .384/.295/.731 shooting line.
Arizona will have a much greater presence in the NBA Draft next year when Nico Mannion and Josh Green are expected to be lottery picks. ESPN recently projected Mannion as the No. 6 pick in the 2020 draft and Green going shortly after that at 13th overall.
ASU strikes out too
Neither Arizona State guard Luguentz Dort nor forward Zylan Cheatham were drafted, even though both were widely projected to be second-round picks.
At one point, many outlets pegged Dort as a first-round talent.
Here’s where the rest of the Pac-12 prospects were drafted:
- Washington wing Matisse Thybulle—20th overall, Philadelphia 76ers
- USC guard Kevin Porter Jr.—30th overall, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Stanford wing KZ Okpala—32nd overall, Miami Heat
- Washington guard Jaylen Nowell—43rd overall, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Oregon center Bol Bol—44th overall, Denver Nuggets
- UCLA guard Jaylen Hands—56th overall, Brooklyn Nets
Underclassmen Kenny Wooten (Oregon), Moses Brown (UCLA), Kris Wilkes (UCLA), and Louis King (Oregon) all went undrafted in addition to Dort and Randolph, appropriately capping a rough year for the Pac-12.
St. John’s guard and former Wildcat Justin Simon was not drafted, either.