Top Returners in College Basketball for 2021-22

This is a fairly deep returning class in College Basketball that should carry over into the 2022 NBA Draft and improve the quality of the college basketball product. We will identify some of the top returners for the 2021-22 season based on impact at the college level as well as their potential draft prospects, organized in tiers.

We will update this list as frequently as possible in order to provide a useful tool heading into the college basketball season. This list along with the Top Transfers in College Basketball on our site should be extremely helpful resources for you all entering the season.

We also highlight some potential breakout candidates in the bottom tier of the list to create one of the most comprehensive preseason college basketball lists out there.

Last Updated: 7/10/21


Tier 1A

This tier is comprised of players I believe will be on the NBA Draft radar from day one while making an immediate impact for their team.

  • Bennedict Mathurin- G/W, 6’6″ (Arizona)
  • Jaden Ivey- G, 6’4″ (Purdue)
  • Jabari Walker- F, 6’8″ (Colorado)
  • Julian Champagnie- F, 6’8″ (St. John’s)
  • Marcus Bagley- F, 6’8″ (Arizona St.)
  • Allen Flanigan- SG, 6’5″ (Auburn)
  • Terrence Shannon Jr.- W, 6’6″ (Texas Tech)
  • Keegan Murray- F, 6’8″ (Iowa)
  • Ochai Agbaji- G/W, 6’5″ (Kansas)
  • Johnny Juzang- W, 6’6″ (UCLA)
  • Max Abmas- PG, 6’0″ (Oral Roberts)

Tier 1B

Same general grouping as Tier 1A, just a notch below them.

  • Keyontae Johnson- W, 6’5″ (Florida)
  • Jaime Jaquez Jr.- W, 6’6″ (UCLA)
  • Will Richardson- G, 6’5″ (Oregon)
  • Andrew Nembhard- G, 6’5″ (Gonzaga)
  • Jalen Wilson- F, 6’8″ (Kansas)
  • Caleb Love- PG, 6’4″ (UNC)
  • Mark Williams- C, 7’0″ (Duke)
  • Drew Timme- F/C, 6’10” (Gonzaga)
  • Jaylin Williams- F/C, 6’10” (Arkansas)
  • Jordan Hall- F, 6’8″ (St. Joe’s)
  • Ron Harper Jr.- F, 6’6″ (Rutgers)
  • Matthew Mayer- F, 6’9″ (Baylor)
  • Earl Timberlake- G/W, 6’6″ (Memphis)
  • DeVante’ Jones- G, 6’1″ (Michigan)
  • Isaiah Wong- G, 6’3″ (Miami)
  • Hunter Dickinson- C, 7’1″ (Michigan)
  • Kadary Richmond- G/W, 6’5″ (Syracuse)
  • Andre Curbelo- G, 6’1″ (Illinois)
  • Walker Kessler- F/C, 6’10” (Auburn)
  • EJ Liddell- F, 6’7″ (Ohio St.)
  • Isaiah Mobley- C, 6’10” (USC)
  • Kofi Cockburn- C, 7’0″ (Illinois)
  • Mike Miles- G, 6’2″ (TCU)
  • Taevion Kinsey- SG, 6’5″ (Marshall)
  • Marcus Willaims- PG, 6’2″ (Texas A&M)
  • Christian Braun- G, 6’6″ (Kansas)
  • Kevin Obanor- F, 6’8″ (Texas Tech)
  • DeAndre Williams- F, 6’9″ (Memphis)

Tier 2

This tier will be made up of very good college basketball players that may not declare in the 2022 NBA Draft, but could potentially be long-term prospects. Also included in this list are potential breakout candidates that I project to take a leap.

Translation: This group is still very much on the NBA Draft radar, but still has a lot more to prove.

  • Trevion Williams- F, 6’10” (Purdue)
  • Spencer Jones- W, 6’7″ (Stanford)
  • Jahvon Quinerly- PG, 6’1″ (Alabama)
  • Dawson Garcia- F/C, 6’11” (UNC)
  • Scottie Pippen Jr.- G, 6’3″ (Vanderbilt)
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis- F/C, 6’9″ (Indiana)
  • Moussa Cisse- F/C, 6’9″ (Undecided)
  • Paul Scruggs- SG, 6’4″ (Xavier)
  • James Akinjo- PG, 6’1″ (Baylor)
  • Marcus Carr- PG, 6’2″ (Texas)
  • Fatts Russell- PG, 5’10” (Maryland)
  • Michael Devoe- G/W, 6’5″ (Georgia Tech)
  • Azuolas Tubelis- F/C, 6’11” (Arizona)
  • Osun Osunniyi- F/C, 6’10” (St. Bonaventure)
  • Colin Castleton- C, 6’11” (Florida)
  • Eric Ayala- G, 6’5″ (Maryland)
  • Donta Scott- F, 6’7″ (Maryland)
  • Justin Lewis- F, 6’8″ (Marquette)
  • Jeremy Roach- G, 6’1″ (Duke)
  • Josiah-Jordan James- G/F, 6’5″ (Tennessee)
  • Wendell Moore Jr.- F, 6’5″ (Duke)
  • Courtney Ramey- G, 6’3″ (Texas)
  • Kyler Edwards- G, 6’4″ (Houston)
  • Nimari Burnett- G/W, 6’4″ (Alabama)
  • Adama Sanogo- F, 6’9″ (UConn)
  • Keve Aluma- F, 6’9″ (Virginia Tech)
  • Keyshawn Bryant- F, 6’5″ (South Carolina)
  • Javonte Perkins- G/W, 6’6″ (St. Louis)
  • Kendric Davis- PG, 5’11” (SMU)
  • Tre Mitchell- F/C, 6’9″ (Texas)
  • Adam Miller- SG, 6’3″ (LSU)
  • Efe Abogidi- F/C, 6’10” (Washington St.)
  • Landers Nolley II- G/W, 6’7″ (Memphis)

Tier 3

This list is made up of players I believe will be extremely high-impact players in college basketball and could potentially become solid pros overseas or in the G League, but do not see them as legitimate NBA prospects AT THIS POINT.

Things can change quickly of course, and this is still a tremendously talented group, but just a tier below the group above from an NBA outlook.

  • Collin Gillespie- PG, 6’3″ (Villanova)
  • De’Vion Harmon- G, 6’2″ (Oregon)
  • Justin Moore- SG, 6’4″ (Villanova)
  • Jacob Gilyard- G, 5’9″ (Richmond)
  • Davion Mintz- G, 6’3″ (Kentucky)
  • Remy Martin- G, 6’0″ (Kansas)
  • Alex Barcello- G, 6’2″ (BYU)
  • Chuck Harris- G, 6’2″ (Butler)
  • Nate Watson- C, 6’10” (Providence)
  • RJ Cole- G, 6’1″ (UConn)
  • Anthony Polite- G, 6’6″ (Florida St.)
  • Chrisitan Bishop- F/C, 6’7″ (Texas)
  • Justin Bean- F, 6’7″ (Utah State)
  • Darius Days- F, 6’7″ (LSU)
  • Iverson Molinar- G, 6’3″ (Mississippi St.)
  • Buddy Boeheim- G/W, 6’6″ (Syracuse)
  • Kerwin Walton- SG, 6’5″ (UNC)
  • Caleb Mills- G, 6’3″ (Florida St.)
  • Samuell Williamson- G/F, 6’7″ (Louisville)
  • Armando Bacot- F/C, 6’10” (UNC)
  • Manny Bates- F/C, 6’11” (NC State)
  • Dre Davis- G/F, 6’5″ (Louisville)
  • Posh Alexander- G, 6’0″ (St. John’s)
  • Nate Laszewski- F, 6’10” (Notre Dame)
  • Kihei Clark- PG, 5’9″ (Virginia)
  • Daejon Davis- G, 6’3″ (Washington)
  • Jared Rhoden- G, 6’6″ (Seton Hall)
  • Isaiah Whaley- F/C, 6’9″ (UConn)
  • Jermaine Samuels- F, 6’7″ (Villanova)
  • Zach Freemantle- F, 6’9″ (Xavier)
  • Hyunjung Lee- G/W, 6’7″ (Davidson)
  • Justice Sueing- W, 6’7″ (Ohio St.)
  • Andrew Jones- G, 6’4″ (Texas)
  • Antoine Davis- G, 6’1″ (Detroit Mercy)
  • Tyson Etienne- G, 6’2″ (Wichita St.)
  • Tyger Campbell- G, 5’11” (UCLA)
  • Matt Bradley- G, 6’4″ (San Diego St.)
  • Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua- F/C, 6’8″ (Baylor)
  • Taz Sherman- G, 6’4″ (West Virginia)
  • Jordan Bohannon- G, 6’1″ (Iowa)
  • Joey Hauser- F, 6’9″ (Michigan St.)
  • Adam Flagler- G, 6’3″ (Baylor)
  • Jalen Bridges- F, 6’7″ (West Virginia)
  • Drew Peterson- F, 6’8″ (USC)
  • Avery Anderson III- G, 6’3″ (Oklahoma St.)
  • JD Notae- G, 6’1″ (Arkansas)
  • Sasha Stefanovic– G, 6’5″ (Purdue)
  • David McCormack- F/C, 6’10” (Kansas)
  • John Fulkerson- F/C, 6’9″ (Tennessee)
  • Kyle Lofton- PG, 6’3″ (St. Bonaventure)

Potential Breakout Candidates

Players I believe could have a coming-out party next season:

  • Reece Beekman- G, 6’3″ (Virginia)
  • Micah Peavy- W- 6’7″ (TCU)
  • Keon Ellis- G/W, 6’6″ (Alabama)
  • Andre Jackson- F, 6’6″ (UConn)
  • Tramon Mark- G, 6’5″ (Houston)
  • Kerr Krissa- G, 6’3″ (Arizona)
  • Jabri Abdur-Rahim- F, 6’7″ (Georgia)
  • Byran Antoine- G, 6’5″ (Villanova)
  • Akok Akok- F, 6’9″ (UConn)
  • Anton Watson- F, 6’8″ (Gonzaga)
  • Mwani Wilkinson- F, 6’5″ (LSU)

Check out our list of the Top Transfers in College Basketball to stay on top of all of the significant movement around the sport.

Our NBA Draft Zone has plenty of scouting reports on top college prospects as well.

If you believe someone was wrongfully omitted please comment below, it’s a very long list!



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