Now that we’re into 2022, it feels like we’re starting to get a real sample of who these prospects are and what they project out to be as pros. So I saw a good opportunity to put together my first real Top 30 of the cycle, as well as separate them into tiers.
I also throw in a few honorable mentions that are just outside of the top 30 for me at this point but have all chance in the world at ending up in that group.
Happy to discuss where I’m wrong — @iamdamonallred on Twitter.
Tier I: Top Pick Worthy
1. Jabari Smith Jr. — Forward, Auburn
Limitless potential with talent, creativity, and ambition.
2. Paolo Banchero — Forward, Duke
Capable of achieving whatever level he decides to reach for.
Tier II: Elite Potential
3. Jaden Ivey — Combo Guard, Purdue
Fire itself contained in a hooper’s body.
4. Chet Holmgren — Big, Gonzaga
Generational defender who’s likely limited offensively.
Tier III: Star Potential
5. Johnny Davis — Guard / Wing, Wisconsin
Extremely productive, but needs to expand the role.
6. TyTy Washington — Combo Guard, Kentucky
Solid as they come and capable of more dynamism.
7. Patrick Baldwin Jr. — Wing, Milwaukee
Not going to hold this season against him, still dynamic.
8. Jalen Duren — Big, Memphis
Need to see more consistency, but love the flashes.
9. Adrian Griffin Jr. — Wing, Duke
Loved his first start, more writing about him to come.
10. Jaden Hardy — Off-Guard, G-League Ignite
Ceiling is too high to have him much lower.
Tier IV: Lottery Worthy
11. Bennedict Mathurin — Off-Guard, Arizona
The off-ball game is elite, maybe best in the class.
12. Ochai Agbaji — Wing, Kansas
Ignoring the age, only acknowledging tools, tape, and production.
13. Keegan Murray — Wing, Iowa
Wonderfully productive, hard to find the lacking areas.
14. Kendall Brown — Wing, Baylor
Impressive tools, but would love to see more offensive reps.
15. Dyson Daniels — Wing, G-League Ignite
Elite around the margins with tertiary creation upside.
Tier V: Solid Bets
16. Harrison Ingram — Wing, Stanford
Wise beyond his years with a “yikes!” shot.
17. Marjon Beauchamp — Wing, G-League Ignite
Definition of well-roundedness
18. Kennedy Chandler — Point Guard, Tennessee
Still unsure about the shot’s outlook, need more consistency.
19. Nikola Jovic — Forward, Mega Basket
If the jumpshot happens, he’ll be elite.
Tier VI: Noticeable Upside
20. Wendell Green Jr. — Point Guard, Auburn
We love a short king, great despite it.
21. Trevor Keels — Combo Guard, Duke
Kyle Lowry succession plan.
22. Jean Montero — Combo Guard, Overtime Elite
Impressed by his role adaptability, adding more complex distribution.
23. Roko Prkacin — Wing, Cibona
The level the creation reaches will be the swing factor.
Tier VII: High Floors
24. Andrew Nembhard — Point Guard, Gonzaga
Too smart and poised to not be a mainstay.
25. Tari Eason — Forward, LSU
Defensive monster with plenty of offensive upside.
26. Boogie Ellis — Combo Guard, USC
An absolute dog on both ends.
27. Blake Wesley — Guard / Wing, Notre Dame
Ambitious with the ball and applicably long.
28. Tyler Burton — Wing, Richmond
Every shot is a beauty and the tools rock.
29. Wendell Moore Jr. — Wing, Duke
Don’t punish late-bloomers, 2nd in ACC assists too (1/14).
30. Julian Strawther — Wing, Gonzaga
I’m yet to witness a mistake, fits any team.
Trevion Williams – Big, Purdue
Michael DeVoe – Lead Guard, Georgia Tech
Jordan Hall – Point Forward, St. Joseph’s
Alondes Williams – Combo Guard, Wake Forest
Mark Williams – Big, Duke
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