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UA juniors mulling NBA

Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill, Nic Wise

INDIANAPOLIS – The three juniors on the Arizona men’s basketball team know what they will be doing in the coming weeks: resting.

But the NBA will be in the back of their minds.

The Big Three – Chase Budinger, Nic Wise and Jordan Hill – have some decisions to make in the coming weeks.

Wise said it was too soon after UA’s 103-64 loss to Louisville Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium to say what he’ll do with his future, but he said he’ll “most likely” test the NBA waters to see where he stands in this summer’s draft.

He did say he has options and whoever the next Arizona coach is might be a factor in whether he returns.

It’s long been thought that Hill will leave UA. But he said he’d take some time to decide.

When asked if he’ll at least test the waters, he said, “most definitely.”

Budinger said he’d take some time off to make his decision. After last season, he decided to make his name available for the NBA.

He worked out for at least five teams before pulling his name from the draft at the last minute. If he tries to do that again, he won’t be allowed to return to UA because he’s already used that option.

“I’ll sit down and think of my options,” Budinger said.

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