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Green Leads Trio of Wildcats Selected in the 2020 NBA Draft

Nov 18, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. – When the dust settled on the 2020 NBA Draft, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Wildcats had three players selected, tying Duke and Kentucky for the most picks from a single school this year.
 
The trio were the first NBA Draft picks from Arizona since Deandre Ayton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.
 
Josh Green was selected 18th overall by the Dallas Mavericks before the Denver Nuggets picked Zeke Nnaji 22nd overall. Nico Mannion was chosen 48th overall by the Golden State Warriors.
 

As head coach Sean Miller's 11 seasons in Tucson, he has now coached nine first round draft picks. And Arizona has now had 25 overall first round draft picks in program history after Green and Nnaji added their names to the list this year.
 
Arizona had three selections in a single draft for the seventh time in program history, but the first time since 2001 when four Wildcats were taken (Richard Jefferson, Gilbert Arenas, Michael Wright, Loren Woods).
 
The last time Arizona had two players taken in the first round was 2015 when Stanley Johnson was taken eighth overall and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was chosen 23rd.
 
Arizona has now had 75 players selected in the NBA Draft dating back to 1948, the second-highest total among Pac-12 schools. And since 1988, the Wildcats have had 46 players selected in the NBA Draft, the third-best total in the country.

 

All-Time NBA Draft Picks - Pac-12 Schools
Team Total Picks Most Recent
UCLA 117 Aaron Holiday (2018 - 23rd overall)
Arizona 75 Green (18th), Nnaji (22nd), Mannion (48th) - 2020
USC 63 Onyeka Okongwu (2020 - 6th overall)
Washington 59 Stewart (16th), McDaniels (28th) - 2020
Oregon 55 Payton Pritchard (2020 - 26th overall)
California 50 Jabari Bird (56th) & Ivan Rabb (35th) - 2017
Oregon State 47 Jared Cunningham (2012 - 24th overall)
Utah 43 Kyle Kuzma (2017 - 27th overall)
Stanford 43 Tyrell Terry (2020 - 31st overall)
Arizona State 42 Carrick Felix (2013 - 33rd overall)
Colorado 35 Tyler Bey (2020 - 36th overall)
Washington State 31 C.J. Elleby (2020 - 46th overall)

Below is a list of all the first round selections as well as a list of all 72 NBA Draft picks from Arizona.
 

Arizona's First Round Draft Picks (25)
Player Selection Year Team
Larry Demic 9 1979 New York Knicks
*Leon Wood 10 1984 Philadelphia 76ers
^Sean Elliott 3 1989 San Antonio Spurs
Anthony Cook 24 1989 Phoenix Suns
^Brian Williams 10 1991 Orlando Magic
Chris Mills 22 1993 Cleveland Cavaliers
Khalid Reeves 12 1994 Miami Heat
^Damon Stoudamire 7 1995 Toronto Raptors
^Mike Bibby 2 1998 Vancouver Grizzlies
Michael Dickerson 14 1998 Houston Rockets
^Jason Terry 10 1999 Atlanta Hawks
^Richard Jefferson 13 2001 Houston Rockets
^Andre Iguodala 9 2004 Philadelphia 76ers
^Channing Frye 8 2005 New York Knicks
^Jerryd Bayless 11 2008 Indiana Pacers
^Jordan Hill 8 2009 New York Knicks
^Derrick Williams 2 2011 Minnesota Timberwolves
Solomon Hill 23 2013 Indiana Pacers
^Aaron Gordon 4 2014 Orlando Magic
^Stanley Johnson 8 2015 Detroit Pistons
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 23 2015 Portland Trail Blazers
^Lauri Markkanen 7 2017 Minnesota Timberwolves
^Deandre Ayton 1 2018 Phoenix Suns
Josh Green 18 2020 Dallas Mavericks
Zeke Nnaji 22 2020 Denver Nuggets
*  Played at Arizona as a freshman before transferring.
^ Lottery pick
Player Round/Pick Year Team
Morris Udall 1948 Denver Nuggets (NBL)
Lincoln Richmond 1948 Ft. Wayne Pistons
Leon Blevins 7/79 1950 Indianapolis Olympians
Leo Johnson 5/44 1951 Ft. Wayne Pistons
Roger Johnson 1952 Milwaukee Hawks
Ernie McCray 17/95 1960 Cincinnati Royals
Warren Rustand 4/31 1965 San Francisco Warriors
Bill Davis 12/160 1968 Phoenix Suns
Michael Foster 1970 Indiana Pacers (ABA)
Tom Lee 9/147 1971 Philadelphia 76ers
Eddie Myers 10/160 1971 Baltimore Bullets
1971 Miami Floridians (ABA)
Bill Warner 11/170 1971 Buffalo Braves
1971 New York Nets (ABA)
Bruce Anderson 7/101 1972 Detroit Pistons
Eric Money 2/33 1974 Detroit Pistons
1974 Denver Nuggets (ABA)
Coniel Norman 3/37 1974 Philadelphia 76ers
1974 Denver Nuggets (ABA)
Al Fleming 2/30 1976 Phoenix Suns
James Rappis 5/77 1976 Milwaukee Bucks
Bob Elliott 2/42 1977 Philadelphia 76ers
Herman Harris 2/43 1977 Philadelphia 76ers
Jerome Gladney 8/164 1977 San Antonio Spurs
Phil Taylor 10/198 1978 Denver Nuggets
Larry Demic 1/9 1979 New York Knicks
Joe Nehls 7/152 1980 Houston Rockets
Ron Davis 4/79 1981 Washington Bullets
Robbie Dosty 6/148 1981 Golden State Warriors
Frank Smith 8/177 1983 Portland Trailblazers
*Leon Wood 1/10 1984 Philadelphia 76ers
Pete Williams 4/89 1985 Denver Nuggets
Eddie Smith 7/158 1985 Denver Nuggets
Tom Tolbert 2/34 1988 Charlotte Hornets
Steve Kerr 2/50 1988 Phoenix Suns
Sean Elliott 1/3 1989 San Antonio Spurs
Anthony Cook 1/24 1989 Phoenix Suns
Jud Buechler 2/38 1990 Seattle SuperSonics
Brian Williams 1/10 1991 Orlando Magic
Sean Rooks 2/30 1992 Dallas Mavericks
Chris Mills 1/22 1993 Cleveland Cavaliers
Ed Stokes 2/35 1993 Miami Heat
Khalid Reeves 1/12 1994 Miami Heat
Damon Stoudamire 1/7 1995 Toronto Raptors
Joseph Blair 2/35 1996 Seattle Supersonics
Ben Davis 2/43 1996 Phoenix Suns
Reggie Geary 2/56 1996 Cleveland Cavaliers
Mike Bibby 1/ 2 1998 Vancouver Grizzlies
Michael Dickerson 1/14 1998 Houston Rockets
Miles Simon 2/42 1998 Orlando Magic
Jason Terry 1/10 1999 Atlanta Hawks
A.J. Bramlett 2/39 1999 Cleveland Cavaliers
Richard Jefferson 1/13 2001 Houston Rockets
Gilbert Arenas 2/31 2001 Golden State Warriors
Michael Wright 2/39 2001 New York Knicks
Loren Woods 2/46 2001 Minnesota Timberwolves
*Robertas Javtokas 2/56 2001 San Antonio Spurs
Luke Walton 2/32 2003 Los Angeles Lakers
Andre Iguodala 1/9 2004 Philadelphia 76ers
Channing Frye 1/8 2005 New York Knicks
Salim Stoudamire 2/31 2005 Atlanta Hawks
Hassan Adams 2/54 2006 New Jersey Nets
Marcus Williams 2/33 2007 San Antonio Spurs
Jerryd Bayless 1/11 2008 Indiana Pacers
Jordan Hill 1/8 2009 New York Knicks
Chase Budinger 2/44 2009 Detroit Pistons
Derrick Williams 1/2 2011 Minnesota Timberwolves
Solomon Hill 1/23 2013 Indiana Pacers
Grant Jerrett 2/40 2013 Portland Trail Blazers
Aaron Gordon 1/4 2014 Orlando Magic
Nick Johnson 2/42 2014 Houston Rockets
Stanley Johnson 1/8 2015 Detroit Pistons
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 1/23 2015 Portland Trail Blazers
Lauri Markkanen 1/7 2017 Minnesota Timberwolves
Kadeem Allen 2/53 2017 Boston Celtics
Deandre Ayton 1/1 2018 Phoenix Suns
Josh Green 1/18 2020 Dallas Mavericks
Zeke Nnaji 1/22 2020 Denver Nuggets
Nico Mannion 2/48 2020 Golden State Warriors
*  Played at Arizona as a freshman before transferring