Social media reactions: Productive night for Pac-12, Arizona Wildcats’ standouts Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson in NBA draft


It was a great night for the Pac-12 in general with nine draft picks, including a conference-best six first-round picks. Remember when league champion Washington didn’t make the NCAA tournament in 2012? The Pac is back.

And we’re talking about one of the best young minds in the coaching ranks these days …

Aaron Gordon, among other things, tells the Orlando (Fla.) media tonight that he is so eager to get started that he wants to learn the Magic’s playbook yesterday. He said he wants to be the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year during his NBA career. He added that he trusts his jumper more now than he did at Arizona. He also sounded very pleasantly surprised that his former FIBA U19 teammate Elfrid Payton will be his teammate at Orlando.

Gordon’s suit tonight was a perfect color (he admits he did not know Orlando would take him until five minutes before his selection was announced).

Here’s Sean Miller’s string of Tweets about Gordon and Nick Johnson:

A Houston teammate offers his welcome to Johnson.

Johnson had a premonition it would be the Rockets.

Gordon has already picked out his number for Orlando.

Some congratulatory Tweets for Gordon and Johnson from former Wildcats … publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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