Even before he played his first game in an Arizona Wildcat uniform, it was presumed by many that freshman Stanley Johnson was a one-and-done player. He was projected as a lottery pick in this year’s draft before the start of the 2014-15 season.
After averaging 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for a team that went 34-4 and reached the Elite 8, it was expected that he wouldn’t return to school.
But Johnson is reportedly not so certain, saying that he’s “torn” over whether to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
“He’s really torn,” one source said. “He doesn’t want to go out like he did against Wisconsin. For five years in basketball, Stanley has always won his final game. He’s used to winning.”
Johnson, who led Arizona in scoring this past season, scored just six points on 2-for-4 shooting and grabbed two rebounds when the Wildcats lost to Wisconsin in the Elite 8. He was 2-for-4 shooting before fouling out in 25 minutes.
If Johnson returns to Tuscon, he could be a serious candidate for national player of the year and an easy choice as a preseason All-American.
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