March has already had its fair share of madness, but we’re just getting started. Down from 68 teams to 16 over just a few days, here are the future pros that stood out the most during the first weekend (plus an honorable mention for each round).
#1 Chet Holmgren: 19 points (8-11 2P, 0-2 3P, 3-5 FT), 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 7 blocks in 29 min in a 21-point win over Georgia State
Holmgren has already solidified his spot at the top of my board. An across-the-board performance like this just furthers that even more.
#2: Tyrese Hunter: 23 points (1-2 2P, 7-11 3P), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 blocks in 34 min in a 5-point win over LSU
Hunter seems like a 2023 prospect at most points, but if he can string together a few games like this, he may test the waters. If he does come out in this draft, Hunter’s likely in the 30-40 range on my board.
#3: Kennedy Chandler: 13 points (1-4 2P, 3-4 3P, 2-4 FT), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals in 27 min in a 32-point win over Longwood
Chandler’s ability to hold down the fort as a true point guard even in big games is astounding. 5 assists to 3 turnovers in this game (4.7 to 2.5 on the season), Chandler’s shown capabilities of getting the keys to an NBA team, currently standing in the 20-30 range of my board.
Honorable Mention: Jeremy Sochan: 15 points (4-5 2P, 2-4 3P, 1-2 FT), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block in 27 min in a 36-point win over Norfolk State
Sochan continues to show versatility on both ends of the floor, skyrocketing him up my board. I view him as Baylor’s best prospect (sorry, Kendall Brown hive!) and he’s broken into my lottery, currently at #12.
#1: Bennedict Mathurin: 30 points (5-8 2P, 3-11 3P, 11-13 FT), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in 41 min in a 5-point, overtime win over TCU
Mathurin keeps showing out in these big games (27 points in win over UCLA for Pac-12 Tournament Championship) and is doing so with ferocity. He sits at 11th on my board.
#2: Christian Koloko: 28 points (12-13 2P, 4-7 FT), 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 3 blocks in 40 min in a 5-point, overtime win over TCU
I swear I’m not trying to have an Arizona bias, but the two of Mathurin and Koloko were outstanding when head coach Tommy Lloyd needed his two stars to be. Koloko is in the conversation for best defender in the class, landing him at #26 on my board.
INCREDIBLE PUTBACK DUNK BY CHRISTIAN KOLOKO 🤯
No. 1 Arizona holds on in OT against No. 9 TCU, 85-80
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 21, 2022
#3: Andrew Nembhard: 23 points (1-2 2P, 5-10 3P, 6-7 FT), 1 rebound, and 5 assists in 40 min in a 4-point win over Memphis
Nembhard has been one of my favorite point guards in the class the entire cycle, and a big part of that is his astronomically high floor. He refuses to be rattled, and always makes the right play for his team. I have him at #27 overall.
Honorable Mention: RJ Davis: 30 points (3-7 2P, 5-10 3P, 9-10 FT), 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal in 45 min in a 7-point, overtime win over Baylor
Davis might not get drafted if he comes out this year, but he absolutely deserves a shot to crack an NBA roster at some point down the line. He’d be in the late 50’s range for me if he does come out.
I’ll be doing these weekly round-ups after each week of the tournament, so don’t be a stranger!