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  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL

    Johnson, Gordon declare for NBA draft

  • Aaron Gordon's decision was expected. Part of a heralded class of freshmen last season, anything but one and done would have been a surprise.
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  • Aaron Gordon's decision was expected. Part of a heralded class of freshmen last season, anything but one and done would have been a surprise.
    Nick Johnson had to build toward his move to the NBA.
    Both declared for the NBA draft on Tuesday.
    Gordon arrived at Arizona as one of the top incoming freshmen in a star-studded class.
    Exceptionally athletic, particularly for a solid-framed 6-foot-8 forward, Gordon had a strong lone season in college basketball, averaging 12.4 points and 8 rebounds per game to earn Pac-12 freshman of the year honors. He broke a 40-year-old school freshman record with 303 rebounds and shot 49 percent from the floor, though he struggled from the free throw line, finishing at 42 percent.
    Johnson, the nephew of late Hall of Fame guard Dennis Johnson, helped lead Arizona to a 16-0 start. He shot shot a respectable 36 percent from 3-point range and led Arizona with 16.3 points, grabbed 4.1 rebounds and had nearly 3 assists per game.
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