Thursday, June 5, 2008
Budinger Likely Staying in Draft
According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, Arizona sophomore forward Chase Budinger is likely to keep his name in the NBA Draft and not return to the Wildcats for his junior season. "He's 100 percent committed to the effort," Chase's father, Duncan Budinger, said. "And in his mind, he's going ahead and not saying Arizona is a safety parachute." Budinger has five workouts scheduled before the June 16 withdrawal date, and another 10 lined up after that date. "Chase is looking at it that he feels he's ready, and if he gets the right feedback then he'll go," Duncan said. "Is he mentally ready? Oh yeah." Budinger is projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick by most draft experts. He averaged 17.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season.