Thursday, April 5, 2001
Feedback: All four players should stay and win one
Arizona Wildcat juniors Richard Jefferson and Michael Wright and sophomores Gilbert Arenas and Jason Gardner are all considering the NBA as an option for next year. The 'Cats had a strong run in the tournament but lost to Duke on Monday, 82-72. We asked you about these four starters possibly leaving for the NBA? Here is what you had to say:
Either way we will succeed
Arenas, Wright, and Jefferson could all succeed in the
NBA next year, but I would have to say that all four of
those guys SHOULD stay because they would have a very
good chance of getting that title they came so close
to this year. If some of them do decide to leave, Zona
will still be ok with a great recruiting class. And the
'Cats would soon be in the title picture again within a
couple years. Duke took a major hit a couple years
back, only to reload quickly and win this year. We
have the potential to do the same thing.
Guaranteed champs in 2002!
I believe they SHOULD NOT declare for the NBA draft.
If the 4 starters from this year return, with the
addition of 5 great high school players coming
in...Arizona looks to be the 2001-2002 champs! The
NBA and the money will always be there, but nothing
would be like winning a championship and going out on
I hope that all four return to finish what they
started. A loss to Duke in the Championship game
should just make them more hungry than before. Lute
Olson has removed all egos and blended a very talented
group of superstars into a very balanced team. With
one of the nation's best recruiting class this team will
get it done. Go 'Cats!!!
Stay in school!
I think that all of the 'Cats should stay for their
entire college career. College ball is shortlived
even at its longest. The memories will last forever
and there is nothing wrong and everything right with
an education. And who would want to miss the chance
to beat Duke down next season?
El Cajon, Calif.
Grow with Olson
I think they'll all stay. While all of them could play
for the NBA, they have room to grow and a solid coach
like Lute Olson can make them even better next year.
Only Richard Jefferson is well-rounded enough to be justified
in applying for the 2001 draft.
San Francisco, Calif.
Jefferson and Wright can handle NBA
I would hope to see all four come back. Of the four,
I would say Richard Jefferson is the most ready to go, but
would not be surprised to see Michael Wright go. I would be
surprised to see the two guards go. They both need at
least one more year to temper their skills and become
more well rounded. One more note: Loren, we are all
proud of your season and wish you well.
Money, money, money!
As an alumni, of course I'd like to see all of them
return. But, you have to ask the question, What would
you do? Richard Jefferson and Gilbert Arenas could
sign contracts worth more than most of us will make in
a lifetime. Can you blame them for leaving! In my
opinion Gardner and Wright should definitely stay.