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Twitter reactions and notes: Stanley Johnson Arizona Wildcats 13th NBA draft lottery selection



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Arizona Wildcats freshman shooting guard Stanley Johnson was taken in the first round of the NBA draft Thursday night by Detroit, the No. 8 selection overall.

That makes him Arizona’s 13th lottery selection and second in consecutive years after Aaron Gordon was taken fourth overall last year by Orlando.

More notes on the selection:

— Johnson, 19, is the fourth Arizona Wildcats player under 20 to be picked in the NBA draft. The others are Gordon, Gilbert Arenas (2001) and Eric Money (1974).

— Johnson, never one to be shy, told ESPN after his selection that he still believes he’s the best player in the draft and that he is gunning for NBA Rookie of the Year honors.

— Johnson joins a developing, young nucleus of center Andre Drummond, point guard Reggie Jackson and shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at Detroit. The Pistons started 5-23 last season under Stan Van Gundy (in his first season there) but played .500 basketball the rest of the way after trading away Josh Smith to Houston.


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Some notable Tweets about Johnson’s selection:

Blowing smoke or telling the truth about Johnson’s known potential league-wide?

Allonzo Trier is in Greece where it was past 3 a.m. when Johnson was selected. He couldn’t sleep through the draft although the U19 Team USA team coached by Sean Miller are preparing for the World Championships there this weekend. …

Miller chimed in also from across the world …

Johnson addressed the “Bad Boy” reference after his selection by Detroit:

The rim is also 10-feet high in every arena (Hoosiers)

Detroit’s Spencer Dinwiddie had a noted dislike for Arizona while with Colorado …

Could have seen this coming …

Frank Burlison has watched Stanley Johnson play from the beginning and knows of what he writes about …

Expect this list to grow in the years to come … publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He has also written articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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