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Arizona Wildcats early-entrant NBA draft players: Who is on “Should Have Stayed” team?

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With Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley announcing this week they are leaving school early to enter the NBA draft, it brings to mind the early-entrant players before them from Arizona.

Sixteen players before them entered the NBA draft before concluding their senior seasons. They have experienced various forms of success or, to be kind, lack of success.

The following three units are separated in the four units: “Should Have Stayed”, “Made Right Move”, “Argument Either Way” and “Jury Still Out”.

SHOULD HAVE STAYED

Player Cl Yrs G Salary
Coniel Norman Soph. 3 99 NA
Michael Wright Jr. 0 0 0
Marcus Williams Soph. 2 13 $13K
Grant Jerrett Fr. 1 6 $1.7M
Chase Budinger Jr. 6 338 $7.9M

MADE RIGHT MOVE

Player Cl Yrs G Salary
Mike Bibby Soph. 14 1001 $107.1M
Richard Jefferson Jr. 14 1004 $106.6M
Gilbert Arenas Soph. 11 552 $140.7M
Andre Iguodala Soph. 11 831 $86.2M
Derrick Williams Soph. 4 292 $14.6M

ARGUMENT EITHER WAY

Player Cl Yrs G Salary
Eric Money Soph. 6 426 NA
Brian Williams Jr. 8 413 $21.9M
Jerryd Bayless Fr. 7 455 $15.6M
Jordan Hill Jr.. 6 327 $15.2M

JURY STILL OUT

Player Cl Yrs G Salary
Aaron Gordon Fr. 1 43 $8.2M
Nick Johnson Jr. 1 26 $2.3M

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Key to the graphic to the left:

Cl — Class they last completed at Arizona before going to NBA

Yrs — Years in the NBA

G — Games in the NBA

Salary — Approximate total earned as listed by Basketball-Reference.com

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