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2022 NBA Draft subclass decisions follow-up: Duke’s Paolo Banchero heads to pros after year and end

By on April 21, 2022 0

The college basketball offseason is officially in full swing. With a champion crowned, there are already over 1,400 players on the transfer portal and a strong contingent of the sport’s top talent have officially declared themselves for this year’s draft well ahead of the looming registration deadline at 23. 59 a.m. ET on April 24.

As the deadline nears, bigger and bigger names are starting to slowly throw their names into the hat, and that continued this week with UCLA’s Johnny Juzang and Arizona stars Christian Koloko and Bennedict Mathurin all announcing their decision to participate in the repechage.

More than half of the top 60 talents on the CBS Sports Big Board have officially declared themselves for the draft, including six of the top 10 and 11 of those currently projected in the lottery. These include Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero Jaden Ivey and Johnny Davis – the top five prospects on our board – who have all burst out with big 2021-22 seasons. Kentucky guard TyTy Washington and Baylor great Jeremy Sochan are also now in the mix for brief stints in Lexington and Waco, respectively. Together, they join a growing list of potential first-round candidates already testing the draft process that includes Ohio State’s EJ Liddell, Iowa’s Keegan Murray and LSU’s Tari Eason. Older statesmen like Gonzaga’s Drew Timme and Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis are also testing the waters and leaving open a return to college.

More top talent will likely join this list in the days and weeks ahead of the April 24 reporting deadline. With so many big talents playing deep in the NCAA Tournament this year, however – like KU’s Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun or Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams and AJ Griffin – it looks like a big group will all be making announcements in the latest. days and hours before the deadline.

As the list grows, we’ll continue this updated tracker to give you a full picture of what the landscape project looks like ahead of this summer. Keep in mind that not only is this list expected to grow, but undergraduates who declare — even if they sign with an agent — are still eligible to return to college. The withdrawal deadline this year is nearly a month after the combine, scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on June 13.

Underclassmen on the NBA Draft Big Board

Check out Boone’s full NBA Draft Big Board for his top 60 NBA Draft prospects

Other early entrants

  • Justin Mutts, Virginia Tech
  • Jordan Walker, UAB
  • Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
  • Alondes Williams, Wake Forest
  • Jake Laravia, Wake Forest
  • Johni Broome, Morehead State
  • Daivien Williamson, Wake Forest
  • James Akinjo, Baylor
  • Jaylin Williams, Arkansas
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
  • Drew Timme, Gonzaga
  • Teddy Allen, New Mexico State
  • Adonis Arms, Texas Tech
  • Cole Swider, Syracuse
  • Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State
  • Kevin McCullar, TexasTech
  • Keion Brooks, Kentucky
  • Au’Diese Toney, Arkansas
  • Gabe Brown, Michigan State
  • David Roddy, Colorado State
  • Lester Quinones, Memphis
  • Vince WilliamsVCU
  • Kyle Foster, Howard
  • Marcus Bingham Jr., Michigan State
  • Trevion Williams, Purdue
  • Marcus SasserHouston
  • Justin Minaya, Providence
  • Anthony Duruji, Florida
  • Jaden Shackleford, Alabama
  • Isiaih Mobley, State of Missouri
  • Isaiah Mobley, USC
  • Osun Osunniyi, St. Bonaventure
  • Courtney Ramey, Texas
  • Taze Moore, Houston
  • Tyrese Martin, UConn
  • Justin Bean, Utah State
  • Peter Kiss, Bryant
  • Tyler BurtonRichmond
  • Kenneth Lofton, Louisiana Tech
  • Nijel Pack, Kansas State
  • Jordan Hall, St. Joseph
  • Nate Roberts, Washington
  • Jaden JonesRutgers
  • Ryan Terell, Yeshiva University