2022 NBA Draft: Big East Prospects Preview

Continuing our 2020-21 college basketball preview series, this will feature some of the brightest prospects hailing from the Big East.

These previews will break down NBA prospects that are at least on the draft radar now, or players that could be in the future. Along with that, if the player has a chance at going pro overseas, in the G League, or being a 2023-24 draft candidate they will also be included…

So who are the players to watch, you ask? We rank them conveniently for you below.

Note: Even if a team doesn’t have any legitimate prospect, I will include their projected “best” player.


Big East Prospects by Team

Butler Bulldogs

1. Chuck Harris – Guard, 6’2

UConn Huskies

1. Corey Floyd Jr. – Guard, 6’3

2. Jordan Hawkins – Guard, 6’4

Creighton Bluejays

1. Ryan Kalkbrenner – Big, 7’1

2. Ryan Nembhard – Guard, 6’1

3. Arthur Kaluma – Forward, 6’7

4. Trey Alexander – Wing, 6’4

DePaul Blue Demons

1. Jalen Terry – Guard, 6’0

2. Tyon Grant-Foster – Guard/Wing, 6’7

Georgetown Hoyas

1. Aminu Mohammed – Guard/Wing, 6’4

3. Dante Harris Guard, 6’0

Marquette Golden Eagles

1. Justin Lewis – Forward, 6’7

2. Stevie Mitchell – Guard, 6’2

3. Kur Kuath – Big, 6’10

Providence Friars

1. A.J. Reeves – Guard/Wing, 6’6

Seton Hall Pirates

1. Kadary Richmond – Guard, 6’5

2. Brandon Weston – Guard/Wing, 6’5

3. Jared Rhoden – Wing, 6’6

4. Jo Smith – Forward, 6’9

St. John’s Red Storm

1. Julian Champagnie – Wing/Forward, 6’8

2. Posh Alexander – Guard, 6’0

Villanova Wildcats

1. Collin Gillespie – Guard, 6’3

2. Jermaine Samuels – Forward, 6’7

3. Justin Moore – Guard, 6’4

4. Jordan Longino – Guard/Wing, 6’5

Xavier Musketeers

1. Paul Scruggs – Guard, 6’4

2. Zach Freemantle – Forward/Big, 6’9


Top 10 Big East 2022 NBA Draft Prospects 

1. Ryan Kalkbrenner – Big, 7’1 (Creighton)

2. Ryan Nembhard – Guard, 6’1 (Creighton)

3. Collin Gillespie – Guard, 6’3 (Villanova)

4. Jermaine Samuels – Forward, 6’7 (Villanova)

5. Arthur Kaluma – Forward, 6’7 (Creighton)

6. Paul Scruggs – Guard, 6’4 (Xavier)

7. Julian Champagnie – Wing/Forward, 6’8 (St. John’s)

8. Corey Floyd Jr. – Guard, 6’3 (UConn)

9. Jordan Hawkins – Guard, 6’4 (UConn)

10. Trey Alexander – Wing, 6’4 (Creighton)

Honorable mention: Brandon Weston – Guard/Wing, 6’5 – probably not a one-and-done guy, but should thrive in the conference with his hard-nosed play style.


Big East Conclusion:

Villanova is almost always going to be the favorite to win the conference, as well as compete for a national title, and with good reason. Especially having an elite college point guard entering his fifth season under coach Jay Wright in Collin Gillespie, the Wildcats should undoubtedly be back in the thick of it.

Creighton and coach Greg McDermott should be close behind, especially if he can get the youth, like Ryan Nembhard and Arthur Kaluma, to find themselves early. Both freshmen have strong international pedigree with Nembhard playing most recently for Canada in the FIBA U19 World Cup and Arthur Kaluma playing for Uganda in the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket. With FIBA competition bearing a lot of similarities to Big East play, the two should have a smooth transition for the Bluejays.

UConn, Georgetown, and Providence round out the rest of my top five for the conference, all with solid groups of youth, veterans, and established coaches. Those five along with possible wild cards St. John’s, Xavier, Seton Hall, and Marquette should all make strong cases for the tournament come March.


My top 9:

1. Villanova

2. Creighton

3. UConn

4. Georgetown

5. Providence

6. St. John’s

7. Marquette

8. Xavier

9. Seton Hall 

Butler and DePaul are the two teams I have on the outside looking in entering the 2021-22 season.


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