TOP PROSPECTS

BALL HANDLERS & COMBO GUARDS

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Last season Caleb Love entered Chapel Hill as highly touted freshman that many expected to be selected in the lottery in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft. Unfortunately, the 6'4" guard out of St. Louis had difficulties adjusting to the college game and really struggled with his shooting and decision making.

Love chose to return for his sophomore season and is looking to prove that he is still the player that intrigued NBA scouts with his combination of size, strength and athleticism.

As a freshman Love averaged a respectable 10.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting only 31.6 from the floor and 26.6 from deep. 

Expect Love to have a strong bounce back sophomore season with improved efficiency.

Jaden Hardy | N/A | 6'4" | 200 | G-League Ignite

Peyton Watson | FR | 6'7" | 180 | UCLA

Jaden Ivey | SO | 6'4" | 200 | Purdue 

TyTy Washington | FR | 6'3" | 185 | Kentucky

JD Davison | FR | 6'3" | 195 | Alabama

Trevor Keels | FR |6'4" |  220 | Duke

Kennedy Chandler | FR | 6'0" | 170 | Tennessee

Andre Curbelo | SO | 6'1" | 175 | Illinois

Max Abmas | JR |  6'0" | 175 | Oral Roberts

Iverson Molinar | JR | 6'3" | 190 | Mississippi State

Caleb Love | SO | 6'4" | 195 | North Carolina

Chucky Hepburn | FR | 6'2" | 210 | Wisconsin

Hunter Sallis | FR | 6'5" | 175 | Gonzaga

Wendell Moore | JR | 6'6" | 215 | Duke

Kendric Davis | SR | 5'11" | 180 | SMU

Taran Armstrong | FR | 6'5" | 185 | Cal Baptist

Blake Wesley | FR | 6'5" | 180 | Notre Dame

Nolan Hickman | FR | 6'2" | 185 | Gonzaga

Alondes Williams | SR | 6'5" | 210 | Wake Forest

Kadary Richmond | SO | 6'6" | 200 | Seton Hall

Scoot Henderson | N/A | 6'2" | 195 | G-League Ignite* (2023 eligible) 

Jordan Hall | SO | 6'7" | 215 | St. Joseph's

Terquavion Smith | FR | 6'4" | 160 | North Carolina State

Peter Kiss | SR | 6'5" | 200 | Bryant

WINGS

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Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin had an impressive freshman season but flew under the radar as Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs received most of the national attention. 

 

The 6-foot-7 Montreal native projects as an NBA 3&D wing that excels in the open floor. Mathurin's physical tools along with his sharp shooting makes him arguably the top returning prospect in college basketball.

As a freshman Mathurin averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists while draining 41.8 percent of his 3 point attempts. Overall, he ranked in the top 91 percentile in jump shot efficiency while on his way to Pac 12 All-Freshman honors.

First year Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd will have the opportunity to coach Mathurin who many believe could've been a first round pick if he entered the 2021 NBA Draft.

AJ Griffin | FR | 6'6" | 222 | Duke

Caleb Houstan | FR | 6'8" | 205 | Michigan

Bennedict Mathurin | SO | 6'7" | 195 | Arizona

Max Christie | FR | 6'7" | 185 | Michigan State

Terrence Shannon, Jr. | JR | 6'6" | 205 | Texas Tech

Allen Flanigan | JR | 6'6" | 215 | Auburn

Jaime Jaquez, Jr. | JR | 6'7" | 225 | UCLA

Johnny Juzang | JR | 6'7" | 215 | UCLA

Ochai Agbaji | SR | 6'5" |215 | Kansas

Josiah Jordan-James | JR | 6'6" | 215 | Tennessee

Taevion Kinsey | SR | 6'5" | 185 | Marshall

Bryce McGowens | FR | 6'7" | 180 | Nebraska

Kendall Brown | FR | 6'8" | 205 | Baylor

Johnny Davis | SO | 6'5" | 195 | Wisconsin

MarJon Beauchamp | N/A | 6'7" | 200 | G-League Ignite

Tyler Burton | JR | 6'7" | 215 | Richmond

Christian Braun | JR | 6'6" | 215 | Kansas

Aminu Mohammed | FR | 6'5" | 210 | Georgetown

Dereon Seabron | SO | 6'7" | 180 | NC State

Ron Harper, Jr. | SR | 6'6" | 245 | Rutgers

Ryan Rollins | SO | 6'4" | 180 | Toledo

Keon Ellis | SR | 6'6" | 175 | Alabama

Josh Minott | FR | 6'9" | 175 | Memphis

Hyungjun Lee | JR | 6'7" | 210 | Davidson

Isiaih Mosley | JR | 6'5" | 195 | Missouri State

Maxwell Lewis | FR | 6'7" | 185 | Pepperdine

Malaki Branham | FR | 6'5" | 180 | Ohio State

FORWARDS

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Prior to his freshman season at Arizona State, Marcus Bagley was mostly known as the younger brother of Marvin, the number 2 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. 

It only took a few games for Marcus to make a name for himself and solidify himself as a bonafide NBA prospect. I was actually surprised that he decided to withdraw from the 2021 NBA draft to return to Tempe, after flirting with the transfer portal and being mocked as a late first round pick on a few draft boards.

At 6'8" 215 pounds, Bagley has the positional size, length, athleticism and perimeter shooting that NBA teams covet in wing.

Bagley returned as a sophomore to improve his draft stock after an injury filled freshman season where he only played 12 games. A healthy season and improved consistency from deep should make Marcus Bagley a lock to be selected in the first round of the 2022 draft.

Chet Holmgren | FR | 7'0" | 195 | Gonzaga

Paolo Banchero | FR | 6"10" | 250 | Duke

Patrick Baldwin, Jr. | FR | 6'10" | 205 | Milwaukee

Jabari Smith, Jr | FR | 6'10" | 210 | Auburn

Daimion Collins | FR | 6'9" | 200 | Kentucky

Jabari Walker | SO | 6'8'' | 200 | Colorado

Keegan Murray | SO | 6'8" | 215 | Iowa

Michael Foster | N/A | 6'8" | 250 | G-League Ignite

Jeremy Sochan | FR | 6'9" | 230 | Baylor

Matthew Mayer | SR | 6'9" | 225 | Baylor

Marcus Bagley | SO | 6'7" | 215 | Arizona State

Earl Timberlake | SO | 6'6" | 215 | Memphis

Justin Lewis | FR | 6'7" | 245 | Marquette

Julian Champagnie | JR | 6'8" | 215 | St. John's

Tari Eason | SO | 6'8" | 215 | LSU

Harrison Ingram | FR | 6''8" | 225 | Stanford

E.J Liddell | JR | 6'7" | 240 | Ohio State

Trayce Jackson-Davis | JR | 6'9" | 245 | Indiana

David Roddy | JR | 6'5" | 250 | Colorado State

BIGS

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Auburn sophomore transfer Walker Kessler is one of the top prospects I'm looking forward to monitoring after an up and down freshman season at North Carolina.

 

Kessler was a highly touted recruit with an impressive resume where he was named The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year, Mr. Georgia Basketball and Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior.

Last season in Chapel Hill, Kessler only averaged 8.8 minutes per game and was stuck behind Armando Bacot, Garrison Brooks and 2021 first round pick Day'Ron Sharpe, which limited his opportunities to showcase the skill set that made him a 5 star recruit.

Shortly after the season, Kessler decided to transfer close to home and play in an offense more suited for his strengths. 

Jalen Duren | FR | 6'10" | 230 | Memphis

Mark Williams | SO | 7'0" | 243 | Duke

Drew Timme | JR | 6'10" | 235 | Gonzaga

Walker Kessler | SO | 7'1" | 245 | Auburn

Zach Edey |SO | 7'4" | 285 | Purdue

Kofi Cockburn | JR | 7'0" | 285 | Illinois

Moussa Diabate | FR | 6'11" | 210 | Michigan

Josh Oduro | JR | 6'9" | 235 | George Mason

Trevion Williams | SR | 6'10" | 255 | Purdue

Christian Koloko | SO | 7'1" | 230 | Arizona

Orlando Robinson | JR | 7'0" | 235 | Fresno State

Jaylin Williams | SO |6'10" | 240 | Arkansas

John Butler | FR | 7'1" | 190 | Florida State