2022 NBA Draft: SEC Prospects Preview

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

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.

Previous Breakdowns:


SEC Prospects by Team

Alabama Crimson Tide

  1. JD Davison – Guard, 6’1
  2. Nimari Burnett – Wing 6’4 (out for season, ACL)
  3. Jahvon Quinerly – Guard, 6’1
  4. Charles Bediako – Big, 6’10
  5. Alex Tchikou – Big, 6’11

Arkansas Razorbacks

  1. Jaylin Williams – Big, 6’10

Auburn Tigers

  1. Jabari Smith – Forward, 6’10
  2. Walker Kessler – Big, 7’1
  3. Allen Flanigan – Wing, 6’6 (out for at least non-conference play, Achilles)

Florida Gators

  1. Colin Castleton – Big, 6’11
  2. Kowacie Reeves – Guard, 6’6
  3. Keyontae Johnson – Forward, 6’5 (medical red flag after in-game collapse in 2020-21)

Georgia Bulldogs

  1. Jabri Abdur-Rahim – Guard, 6’5

Kentucky Wildcats

  1. Ty-Ty Washington – Guard, 6’3
  2. Damion Collins – Forward, 6’10
  3. Davion Mintz – Guard, 6’2
  4. Bryce Hopkins – Forward, 6’7
  5. Oscar Tshiebwe – Big, 6’9
  6. Sabvir Wheeler – Guard, 5’9

LSU Tigers

  1. Adam Miller – Guard, 6’3
  2. Justice Williams – Guard, 6’3
  3. Efton Reid – Big, 6’11

Mississippi State Bulldogs

  1. Rocket Watts – Guard, 6’2
  2. DJ Jeffries – Wing, 6’7
  3. Garrison Brooks – Big, 6’9

Mizzou Tigers

  1. Kobe Brown – Forward, 6’7

Ole Miss Rebels

  1. Jaemyn Brakefield – Forward, 6’8
  2. Daeshun Ruffin – Guard, 5’9

South Carolina Gamecocks

  1. Devin Carter – Guard, 6’3

Tennessee Volunteers

  1. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield – Forward, 6’10
  2. Kennedy Chandler – Guard, 6’0
  3. Quentin Diboundje – Wing, 6’5
  4. Santiago Vescovi – Guard, 6’3
  5. John Fulkerson – Forward/Big, 6’9

Texas A&M Aggies

  1. Manny Obaseki – Guard, 6’4
  2. Hassan Diarra – Guard, 6’2
  3. Henry Coleman – Forward, 6’8

Vanderbilt Commodores

  1. Shane Dezonie – Guard, 6’4

Top 10 SEC 2022 NBA Draft Prospects 

  1. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield – Foward, 6’10 (Tennessee)
  2. Ty-Ty Washington – Guard, 6’3 (Kentucky)
  3. Jabari Smith – Forward, 6’10 (Auburn)
  4. Kennedy Chandler – Guard, 6’1 (Tennessee)
  5. JD Davison – Guard, 6’1 (Alabama)
  6. Damion Collins – Forward, 6’10 (Kentucky)
  7. Quentin Diboundje – Wing, 6’5 (Tennessee)
  8. Colin Castleton – Big, 6’10 (Florida)
  9. Walker Kessler – Big, 7’1 (Auburn)
  10. Allen Flanigan – Wing, 6’6 (Auburn)

Honorable mention: Nimari Burnett – Wing, 6’4 (Alabama) – Burnett will likely have to wait another year due to his ACL tear that will likely keep him out of his entire sophomore season, but I’ve always believed in him as a real NBA prospect since his days alongside Jalen Green at Prolific Prep. He reminds me a bit of Mikal Bridges.


SEC Conclusion

The SEC shouldn’t be too off-script this season as far as the usual pecking order. Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, and Arkansas are the usual suspects at the top, but there are solid storylines within.

Kentucky has a chance to bounce back after their rough 2020-21 season on the backs of some solid older guards as well as an influx of youth. Conversely, Nate Oats and Alabama have a chance to solidify themselves as a mainstay in the conference.

Arkansas and Auburn should be on par with their brands of hard-nosed ball behind lots of transfers and veterans, and Tennessee appears to be on their brand as well with their older players alongside a few high-level recruits.

After the top 5, the conference is pretty wide open, where I have LSU and Florida as locks to make the tournament as well.


My top 7:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Alabama
  3. Auburn
  4. Tennessee
  5. Arkansas
  6. LSU
  7. Florida

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