NBA Draft of 2022
There is only one way to watch and enjoy the NBA Draft- expect the unexpected, and that’s exactly what happened. After much speculation, Paolo Banchero was ultimately selected by the Orlando Magic with the first overall choice. Chet Holmgren joined the Thunder as the No. 2, and Jabari Smith, the overwhelming favorite to go first, was passed over in favor of the Rockets at No. 3.
The NBA draft of 2022 is over, although the draft cycle will last a little while longer because of the undrafted free agents who have found new teams to play for.
The following future stars can take comfort in the knowledge that their road to the pros is still very much open even though they didn’t hear their name called in the Draft Session on Thursday night. Making a name for themselves in the NBA as an undrafted free agent is not unheard of.
Only the previous season, we witnessed former undrafted free agent Fred VanVleet become an All-Star. Despite not having their names called in the draught, we also witnessed a number of players, including rookie Austin Reaves of the Lakers, play important roles for their teams.
This season, noteworthy talents like Justin Lewis of Marquette and Jean Montero of Overtime will join the group of undrafted basketball players who are still hoping to carve out a name for themselves in the NBA.
Though there are many big prospects that remained undrafted, here are some names that need to be mentioned.
- Justin Lewis
College: Marquette Golden Eagles: Big, sophomore, 6-7
Possible DESTINATION: Chicago Bulls
- Jean Montero
College: Elite: Guard, Overtime, 6-2
- Dereon Seabron
College: North Carolina State Wolfpack: Wing, Sophomore, 6-7
Possible DESTINATION: New Orleans Pelicans
- Julian Champagnie
College: St. John’s Red Storm: Wing, Junior, 6-7
- Michael Foster
College: Ignite: Big, G League, 6-8
- John Butler
College: Florida State Seminoles: Big, Freshman, 7-1
- Alondes Williams
College: Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Guard, Senior, 6-5
- Dominick Barlow
College: Elite: Big, Overtime, 6-9
- Trevion Williams
College: Purdue Boilermakers: Big, Senior, 6-10
- Keon Ellis
College: Alabama Crimson Tide: Wing, Senior, 6-6
Possible DESTINATION: Sacramento Kings
- Orlando Robinson
College: Fresno State Bulldogs: Big, Junior, 7-0
- Jordan Hall
College: Saint Joseph’s Hawks: Guard, Sophomore, 6-8
- Ron Harper Jr.
College: Rutgers Scarlet Knights: Wing, Senior, 6-6
Possible DESTINATION: Toronto Raptors
- Kenneth Lofton Jr.
College: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: Big, Sophomore, 6-7
- Aminu Mohammed
College: Georgetown Hoyas: Wing, Freshman, 6-5
- Kofi Cockburn
College: Illinois Fighting Illini: Big, Junior, 7-0
- Ziga Samar
College: Montakit Fuenlabrada: Guard, International, 6-6
- Iverson Molinar
College: Mississippi State Bulldogs: Guard, Junior, 6-3
- Hyunjung Lee
College: Davidson Wildcats: Wing, Junior, 6-7
- Jamaree Bouyea
College: San Francisco Dons: Guard, Senior, 6-2
Possible DESTINATION: Miami Heat (summer league)
- Tevin Brown
College: Murray State Racers: Guard, Senior, 6-5
- Scotty Pippen Jr.
College: Vanderbilt Commodores: Guard, Junior, 6-2
Possible DESTINATION: Los Angeles Lakers
- Collin Gillespie
College: Villanova Wildcats: Guard, Senior, 6-3
Possible DESTINATION: Denver Nuggets
- Johnny Juzang
College: UCLA Bruins: Wing, Junior, 6-6
- Darius Days
College: LSU Tigers: Big, Senior, 6-7
- Bryson Williams
College: Texas Tech Red Raiders: Big, Senior, 6-8
- Jared Rhoden
College: Seton Hall Pirates: Wing, Senior, 6-6
- Gabe Brown
College: Michigan State Spartans: Wing, Senior, 6-7
- Quenton Jackson
College: Texas A&M Aggies: Guard, Senior, 6-5
- Brady Manek
College: North Carolina Tar Heels: Big, Senior, 6-9