The Arizona Wildcats have lost their first player to the 2020 NBA Draft. Freshman big man Zeke Nnaji will declare for the 2020 NBA Draft and could decide to see the process through and leave college. He is projected to be a mid to late first-round draft pick. Coming out of high school he was a top 40 pick but was not expected to be a “one and done” prospect. Josh Green and Nico Mannion were supposed to be the only freshman that left the Wildcats. Nnaji is the first of the three to decide to declare so far.
Sources: Arizona freshman Zeke Nnaji will declare for the 2020 NBA Draft.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 28, 2020
Zeke Nnaji emerged as a talented member of the Arizona Wildcats basically from the beginning of the season. He complimented his teammates well and has earned his way into a first-round selection. Sean Miller continues to put talented players into the NBA. Nnaji has excellent size for the NBA listed at 6’11” and 240 pounds. His ideal NBA role is probably center, but he could slide into the power forward position.
Zeke Nnaji can’t be stopped…bruh ? pic.twitter.com/rUwmbVbIRK
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He averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in his lone year with the Arizona Wildcats. The freshman also shot 57 percent from the field which highlights his good decision making. He knocked down a few three-pointers this year, but there isn’t a lot to suggest it can be a real weapon for him next year. Nnaji is incredibly athletic and his game can easily translate to the NBA.
The Wildcats were hoping this freshman could be a two or three-year player, but he was nearly unstoppable down low this year. His skill and level of play have made him an NBA ready prospect.