Arizona Basketball

Josh Green makes it official: He’s off to the NBA

And, finally Josh Green has left the building.

Friday afternoon, Green announced on Twitter that he’ll be taking his chance at the next level and will entering the NBA Draft.

“Ever since I was a little kid in Australia, it’s been a goal of mine to play in the NBA,” Green wrote on his Twitter announcement. “I’m proud to take a step closer to that dream. After careful consideration with those closest to me, I’ve made the decision to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft.”

So, just like that one (Zeke Nnaji), two (Nico Mannion) and three (Green) are all out … in search of their NBA dreams after what could be considered a so-so season for Arizona, a team that finished 21-11 after a Coronavirus-shortened season. In 11 days, it’s all become a reality after Nnaji announced on March 31.

The move – like Nnaji’s and Mannion’s – was not expected given talk of Green and Mannion going pro started last summer if not before. Nnaji’s early-season success sped up his worth for the pros in November.

“Josh Green is one of the most talented players that we have coached at Arizona,” coach Sean Miller said in on Twitter. “His athleticism and determination separate him from his competition, giving him an incredibly high ceiling as an NBA player.”

All three have been projected (depending on the source) to go in the first round of the summer’s draft although some vary in how high.

Green averaged 12 point and 4.6 rebounds per game. He shot 42 percent from the floor, including 36 percent from beyond the 3-point line. His appeal is his potential and tremendous athletic ability, including his willingness at playing defense.

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