Notes: A former McDonald's All-American. Ariza withdrew from classes at UCLA and informed the NBA that he would be available for the June draft. He has since hired an agent and is now in the draft for sure.
Upside: Has good, but not great, athleticism and quickness for his size. He's got excellent court vision who has the potential to be a point forward in the pros. He's more comfortable in transition or playing on the baseline. Is very long with a great wing span. His jumper extends out to about 18 feet. His defense is still ahead of his offense at this point.
Downside: Strength and his overall perimeter game. Ariza, like many kids his age needs another 20 pounds of muscle to play in the NBA. His three point shot is very suspect.
Insider Projection: Scouts think he's a big time talent, but think he's making a major mistake coming out this year. He hasn't done enough at UCLA to prove that he's worthy of high pick. So far he's been unimpressive in workouts and did just so-so in Chicago. A likely second round pick at this point.