Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson declares for NBA draft

Stanley Johnson is set to go pro after one year at Arizona. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Stanley Johnson declared for the NBA draft Thursday, saying goodbye to Arizona after one season.

"I put a hell of a lot of thought into coming back," Johnson said at his news conference. "For me ... it took a lot of thought, but at the end of the day, you've got to make the right decision. I put a lot of hard thought into it. For me to do what I have to do, I thought this was the best decision."

The 6-foot-7, 245-pound forward averaged 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game for the Wildcats in 2014-15. He was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

"I have no doubt he'll be a high pick and go on and have a career we'll all be proud of," Miller said of Johnson on Thursday.

Johnson, who does not have an agent yet, is projected to be a lottery pick. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford ranks him No. 11 among draft prospects.

Arizona was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight before being knocked out by national runner-up Wisconsin.

The Wildcats are also losing senior point guard T.J. McConnell as well as early entrants Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.