2022 NBA Draft: ACC Prospects Preview

Continuing out 2021-22 college basketball preview series, this will feature some of the brightest prospects hailing from the Atlantic Coast 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:

ACC Prospects by Team

Boston College Eagles

  1. TJ Bickerstaff – Forward, 6’9

Clemson Tigers

  1. Al-Amir Dawes – Guard, 6’2
  2. PJ Hall – Forward, 6’10

Duke Blue Devils

  1. Paolo Banchero – Forward, 6’10
  2. AJ Griffin – Wing, 6’6
  3. Mark Williams – Big, 7’0
  4. Trevor Keels – Guard, 6’4
  5. Wendell Moore Jr. – Wing, 6’5
  6. Jeremy Roach – Guard, 6’1

Florida St Seminoles

  1. Matthew Cleveland – Guard, 6’6
  2. Caleb Mills – Guard, 6’3
  3. Anthony Polite – Guard, 6’6
  4. Jalen Warley – Guard, 6’4
  5. John Butler – Big, 7’1

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

  1. Michael Devoe – Guard, 6’5

Louisville Cardinals

  1. Dre Davis – Guard, 6’5
  2. Jae’Lyn Withers – Forward, 6’8
  3. Noah Locke – Guard, 6’3
  4. Mike James – Wing, 6’6

Miami Hurricanes

  1. Isaiah Wong – Guard, 6’3
  2. Anthony Walker – Forward – 6’9
  3. Jordan Miller – Guard – 6’6

NC State Wolfpack

  1. Manny Bates – Big, 6’11
  2. Jericole Hellems – Wing, 6’7
  3. Casey Morsell – Guard, 6’3

North Carolina Tar Heels

  1. Dawson Garcia – Big, 6’11
  2. Caleb Love – Guard, 6’4
  3. Kerwin Walton – Guard, 6’5
  4. RJ Davis – Guard, 5’11
  5. Armando Bacot – Big, 6’10
  6. Brady Manek – Forward, 6’9

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  1. Nate Laszewski – Big, 6’10
  2. Paul Atkinson – Big, 6’10
  3. Cormac Ryan – Guard, 6’5

Pittsburgh Panthers

  1. Daniel Oladapo – Forward, 6’7

Syracuse Orange

  1. Buddy Boeheim – Guard, 6’6
  2. Benny Williams – Forward, 6’8
  3. Cole Swider – Forward, 6’9
  4. Joe Girard III – Guard, 6’1

Virginia Cavaliers

  1. Jayden Gardner – Forward, 6’7
  2. Armaan Franklin – Guard, 6’4
  3. Reece Beekman – Guard, 6’3
  4. Igor Milicic Jr. – Wing, 6’10
  5. Kihei Clark – Guard, 5’9

Virginia Tech Hokies

  1. Keve Aluma – Forward, 6’9
  2. Hunter Cattoor – Guard, 6’3
  3. Nahiem Alleyne – Guard, 6’4
  4. Storm Murphy – Guard, 6’0

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

  1. Jake Laravia – Wing, 6’9
  2. Daivien Williamson – Guard, 6’2

Pre-Season Top 10 ACC 2022 NBA Draft Prospects

  1. Paolo Banchero – Forward, 6’10 (Duke)
  2. AJ Griffin – Wing, 6’6 (Duke)
  3. Matthew Cleveland – Guard, 6’6 (Florida St)
  4. Dawson Garcia – Big, 6’11 (North Carolina)
  5. Mark Williams – Big, 7’0 (Duke)
  6. Buddy Boeheim – Guard, 6’6 (Syracuse)
  7. Isaiah Wong – Guard, 6’3 (Miami)
  8. Caleb Mills – Guard, 6’3 (Florida St)
  9. Caleb Love – Guard, 6’4 (North Carolina)
  10. Keve Aluma – Forward, 6’9 (Virginia Tech)

Sleepers

Virginia transfers Jayden Gardner and Armaan Franklin could both put up All-Conference caliber seasons for the Hoos this year.

Gardner, an excellent scorer at the college level, has a unique opportunity to build his NBA case by improving his defense under Coach Tony Bennett. Franklin is already a solid two-way guard contributor whose usage should increase this year.

Jake Laravia is transferring to Wake Forest after two great seasons at Indiana St. His 2.8 DBPM is especially notable given he was playing at the Missouri Valley Conference level. I am excited to see how his play progresses as he enters a Power 5 conference.

Virginia Tech’s Hunter Cattoor has put up modest counting stats so far in his career, but he is a lights out shooter (41.5% career 3PT%) and a good defender at the college level. With shooting being the valuable commodity that it is, expect Cattoor to get some looks.


ACC Conclusion

Duke is the headliner of the ACC this year, as they brought in the presumptive number one pick in Paolo Banchero and another top 10 talent in AJ Griffin. Provided everyone is healthy, I think the talent down in Durham will be too much for the rest of the conference.

Going down the list, UNC brought in a great talent in Dawson Garcia, and prospective leaps from Caleb Love and Armando Bacot should make them a force in the ACC this year. Louisville, Virginia, and Florida St have athletes who can defend as well as some great skill guys. I am comfortable predicting those three teams to round out the top five.

The ACC traditionally has around seven teams that make the tournament, so I will pencil in Notre Dame and Virginia Tech as the two teams to round out the top seven.


My Top 7:

  1. Duke
  2. North Carolina
  3. Louisville
  4. Virginia
  5. Florida St
  6. Notre Dame
  7. Virginia Tech

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome Michael Neff to our group of contributors, we look forward to his future breakdowns! Give him a follow on Twitter: @MNeff3710

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