Three Arizona Wildcats chosen in 2020 NBA Draft

Three Arizona Wildcats chosen in 2020 NBA Draft
(Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball program had three players selected in the 2020 NBA Draft, which was held virtually on Wednesday, Nov. 18, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arizona, along with Duke and Kentucky tied for the most picks from a single school this year.

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.

The trio were the first NBA Draft picks from Arizona since Deandre Ayton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

In 11 seasons as head coach in Tucson, Sean Miller has now coached nine first-round draft picks. And Arizona has now had 25 overall first-round draft picks in program history with Green and Nnaji adding their names to the list this year.

Arizona had three selections in a single draft for the sixth 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 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.

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