2022 NBA Draft: Big Ten Prospects Preview

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

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 Conference Previews:


Big Ten Prospects by Team

Illinois Fighting Illini

  1. Andre Curbelo – Guard, 6’1
  2. Kofi Cockburn – Big, 7’0
  3. Trent Frazier – Guard, 6’2
  4. Coleman Hawkins – Forward, 6’10

Indiana Hoosiers

  1. Trayce Jackson-Davis – Forward, 6’9
  2. Tamar Bates – Guard, 6’5

Iowa Hawkeyes

  1. Keegan Murray – Forward, 6’8

Maryland Terrapins 

  1. Qudus Wahab – Forward/Big, 6’11

Michigan Wolverines

  1. Caleb Houstan – Wing, 6’8
  2. Moussa Diabate – Forward, 6’11
  3. Hunter Dickinson – Big, 6’11

Michigan State Spartans

  1. Max Christie – Guard/Wing, 6’6
  2. Mady Sissoko – Big, 6’9

Minnesota Golden Gophers

  1. Eric Curry – Wing/Forward, 6’9

Nebraska Cornhuskers

  1. Bryce McGowens – Guard/Wing, 6’7
  2. Keon Edwards – Guard/Wing, 6’7
  3. Alonzo Verge Jr. – Guard, 6’3

Northwestern Wildcats

  1. Pete Nance – Forward, 6’10
  2. Casey Simmons – Guard, 6’6

Ohio State Buckeyes

  1. E.J. Liddell – Forward, 6’7
  2. Seth Towns – Forward, 6’8
  3. Malaki Branham – Guard, 6’5
  4. Justice Sueing – Wing, 6’7
  5. Meechie Johnson Jr. – Guard, 6’2

Penn State Nittany Lions

  1. Sam Sessoms – Guard, 6’0

Purdue Boilermakers

  1. Jaden Ivey – Guard, 6’4
  2. Trevion Williams – Forward, 6’10
  3. Brandon Newman – Guard, 6’5
  4. Zach Edey – Big, 7’4
  5. Trey Kaufman – Forward, 6’9
  6. Caleb Furst – Big, 6’10

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

  1. Ron Harper Jr. – Guard, 6’6
  2. Cliff Omoruyi – Big, 6’11

Wisconsin Badgers

  1. Chris Vogt – Big, 7’0

Top 10 Big Ten 2022 NBA Draft Prospects 

  1. Jaden Ivey – Guard, 6’4 (Purdue)
  2. Caleb Houstan – Wing, 6’8 (Michigan)
  3. Bryce McGowens – Guard/Wing, 6’7 (Nebraska)
  4. Trevion Williams – Forward, 6’10 (Purdue)
  5. Brandon Newman – Guard, 6’5 (Purdue)
  6. Moussa Diabate – Forward, 6’11 (Michigan)
  7. Ron Harper Jr. – Guard, 6’6 (Rutgers)
  8. E.J. Liddell – Forward, 6’7 (Ohio State)
  9. Max Christie – Guard/Wing, 6’6 (Michigan State)
  10. Andre Curbelo – Guard, 6’1 (Illinois)

Honorable mention: Meechie Johnson Jr. – Guard, 6’2 (Ohio State) – I was impressed with Meechie’s ability to come in, earn playing time, and look like he belonged in a wildly competitive Big Ten a season ago all while entering what should’ve been his senior year of high school. That’s a good sign for someone who could eventually look like he belongs in the NBA.


Big Ten Conclusion:

There are pretty clear tiers with the Big Ten going into this season, and they largely follow the tiers from a season ago. Michigan, Ohio State, and Illinois should all fight for the top spot, but they’re joined by Purdue, who struggled to establish themselves in that group until the Big Ten Tournament in 2020-21. Purdue’s Jaden Ivey will be a national player of the year candidate following a first-round-pick-worthy freshman season and leading Team USA to a gold medal at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup.

Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State, and Rutgers make up the next tier, where spots 5 through 9 could end up in any order and any number of them earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament, with the bottom feeders after them likely not having a chance at the Big Dance.


My top 9:

  1. Purdue
  2. Michigan
  3. Ohio State
  4. Illinois
  5. Indiana
  6. Iowa
  7. Nebraska
  8. Michigan State
  9. Rutgers

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