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NBA Draft Prospect Rankings 2022 | Top College Draft Picks Ranked

Posted: Apr 11, 2022Last updated: Apr 11, 2022

The college basketball season is over, which means the next big event on the calendar — particularly for the best players — is the 2022 NBA Draft.

Tons of players boosted their NFL Draft stock during March Madness. Unsung regular-season heroes became household names, while several star prospects made their case for why they should be the first player to come off the board.

Below, The Game Day NBA Analyst Jordan Schultz ranks and evaluates the top 75 NBA Draft players in this year’s draft class and provides information on how they stand out from the crowd of college, G League, and international prospects.

NBA Draft Prospect Rankings

RankPlayerPositionSchool/CountryAnalysis
1Paolo BancheroPFDukeElite scorer, big-time rebounder, and impressive playmaker who’s ready to contribute right away.
2Jabari SmithPFAuburnVersatile skillset offensively, with the capacity to become a real weapon defensively.
3Jaden IveySGPurdueShades of Ja Morant with his lightning quickness and attacking mentality — and already a capable shooter.
4Chet HolmgrenCGonzagaPositionless seven-footer who can impact the game in every which way, which is why NBA teams believe he can invert the floor and initiate their offense.
5Johnny DavisSGWisconsinPhysical, creative combo guard who's bouncier and shiftier than he's given credit for.
6Keegan MurrayPFIowaSniper from long range who scores efficiently at all three levels and has 6-foot-9-inch, 225-pound frame to boot.
7Dyson DanielsSGG LeagueThe best defender in the draft and a smooth offensive player with enormous upside.
8AJ GriffinSFDukeLights-out shooter with the robust physical frame and mindset to guard 1-4 at the next level.
9Shaedon SharpeSGKentuckySmooth operator who can handle it, score it, and pretty much do everything else at 6 feet 6 inches and 200 pounds.
10Bennedict MathurinSGArizonaPac-12 Player of the Year and a gritty off guard who can really score and has the temperament necessary to become a star.
11Malaki BranhamSGOhio StateJust a pup, but enormously skilled offensively with a silky pull-up game and the length/dexterity to become a lockdown defender.
12TyTy WashingtonPGKentuckySuper steady playmaker who plays at his own pace and makes excellent decisions as a rangy lead guard.
13Jalen DurenCMemphisExplosive big with all the physical tools to become a dominant NBA center, including a 6-foot-11-inch, 250-pound frame and 7-foot-5-inch wingspan.
14Kennedy ChandlerPGTennesseeAn enticing point guard with tremendous athleticism and speed, Chandler is one of the potential steals in this class.
15Tari EasonPFLSUFirst-Team All-SEC performer with a multifaceted game that impacts winning on both ends.
16Ochai AgbajiSGKansasA 6-foot-6-inch wing who can really shoot it and has improved every year, capping his career off with a national title.
17Mark WilliamsCDukeClint Capela-type ability as an elite shot-blocker with the offensive punch and ruggedness every GM wants to see.
18Jeremy SochanSF/PFBaylorDefends, rebounds, and competes, and only 18 years old.
19MarJon BeauchampSGG LeagueWith bona fide All-Star potential, the 6-foot-6-inch Beauchamp can get you a bucket whenever you need and has the 7-foot-1-inch wingspan to guard bigger wings as well.
20Blake WesleySGNotre DameA talented young wing with the 6-foot-5-inch frame to match, Wesley can get downhill and finish with the best of them.
21Walker KesslerCAuburnCollege basketball's human eraser has an incredible ability to block shots and defend the rim without fouling.
22Ousmane DiengSFNew ZealandIntriguing prospect who's only 18, the 6-foot-10-inch Dieng has lottery talent and can become a high-level defender and solid pick-and-pop option in the league.
23Nikola JovićSFSerbiaVery skilled 18-year-old Serbian who can put the ball on the deck and finish, but is equally deft at the mid-post where he has a wide variety of tricks to create separation.
24Kendall BrownSFBaylorGood offensive player who sees the floor and passes very well despite being 18. Should be able to guard at least three positions as a pro.
25Christian BraunSGKansasReally helped himself with a great March and was a key reason why Kansas came back to beat UNC. Braun does everything well and impacts winning in a major way.
26Jean MonteroPGDominican RepublicGreat offensive feel and classic pick-and-roll lead guard with an advanced handle and excellent vision.
27Wendell Moore Jr.SFDukeWell-rounded, competitive player who guards, rebounds, and scores when needed. Improved his three-point percentage from 21% as a freshman to 41% as a junior.
28Hugo BessonPG/SGNew ZealandJumbo-sized guard who can fill it up in a hurry. Will have no issues getting buckets in the NBA after dominating the highly-competitive NBL.
29JD DavisonPGAlabamaFive-star recruit who flashed brilliance in the open floor and showed the chops to become a terrific rebounder for a guard.
30Max ChristieSGMichigan StateA 6-foot-5-inch freshman; can be a plus shooting guard at the next level whose mechanics and ability to elevate as a shooter will pay dividends for the team that drafts him.
31Oscar TshiebweCKentuckyWooden Award winner and an absolute load in the paint with nimble feet and big, strong hands. Blessed with a 7-foot-4-inch wingspan and reminds me of Pistons big Isaiah Stewart.
32Jake LaRaviaSFWake ForestA 6-foot-8-inch fluid athlete with a tailor-made NBA game. A good series of pre-draft workouts could easily elevate him into the high 20s.
33Jaylin WilliamsPFArkansasBrings a dose of toughness that NBA GMs covet. Averaged 11 points for the Hogs and collected 16 double-doubles in Arkansas' final 23 games.
34Terquavion SmithSGNC StateYoung, slight, creative offensive player (16 PPG in the ACC as a freshman) with a great first step and feel for how to score around the basket. Good floater game too. Needs reps, but has a chance to be an impact player.
35E.J. LiddellPFOhio StateUndersized 4 who can fill it up. Relies on tremendous skill and footwork to carve out space, collect rebounds, and score at all three levels.
36Julian StrawtherSGGonzagaRangy 6-foot-7-inch wing who can really defend the perimeter and improved all three years as a three-point shooter.
37Patrick Baldwin Jr.SF/PFMilwaukeeMega-recruit who played for his dad at Milwaukee, often getting lost at a lower level, but also displaying rare tools such as an advanced handle, vision, and a nice midrange game.
38Jalen WilliamsSFSanta ClaraA 6-foot-6-inch wing who has skyrocketed up boards thanks to a stellar junior season in which he averaged 18-4-4 on 40% shooting from deep for the Broncos.
39Trayce Jackson-DavisPFIndianaFormer McDonald's All-American who dominated the rugged Big Ten while converting 59% of his twos and imposing his will in big games.
40Jaden HardySGG LeagueGifted, bouncy guard who is still learning how to play but is a worthwhile project that could pay off considerably after spending more time in the G League.
41Orlando RobinsonCFresno StateA 6-foot-11-inch center with a 7-foot-4-inch wingspan, Robinson could develop into a defensive anchor and legitimate rim-runner.
42Armando BacotPFNorth CarolinaExtremely productive classic big who tied David Robinson's single-season double-double record.
43Harrison IngramSFStanfordPac-12 Freshman of the Year and former McDonald's All-American who has a ton of upside as an athletic, 6-foot-7-inch, 230-pound wing.
44Trevion WilliamsPFPurdueHighly productive big who can shoot it some, but enjoys banging down low and can score on the block as well.
45Jaime Jaquez Jr.SG/SFUCLASuper skilled wing who can handle and create his own shot, finish with either hand, and step away from the basket. Improved with each year for the Bruins.
46Christian KolokoCArizonaBouncy, 6-foot-10-inch big who showed up in a big way down the stretch for the Wildcats. Rebounding, rim-running, and defensive ability should translate well in the league.
47Isaiah MobleyPFUSCOlder brother of Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley. Terrific player whose intelligence, rebounding, and defense will all translate to the NBA.
48Jabari WalkerSF/PFColoradoInteresting 6-foot-8-inch, 200-pound prospect who can do a bit of everything and made a significant leap between his first and second seasons in Boulder.
49Caleb LovePGNorth CarolinaJ.R. Smith/Jordan Clarkson-type of shooter who averaged 19 points per game in the NCAA Tournament while shooting 38% from three as a sophomore.
50Trevor KeelsSGDukePhysically imposing wing with a football-like build. Embraces contact on both sides of the floor and finishes well through it.
51Yannick NzosaPF/CDR CongoBouncy, strong, highly-gifted kid with a ton of upside — not unlike fellow countryman Bismack Biyombo.
52Drew TimmePF/CGonzagaIncredibly skilled 6-foot-10-inch big who can flat-out play. Will be a second-round steal because of how well he passes and understands the game.
53Jalen WilsonSFKansasProvided a huge lift for the Jayhawks en route to their title, hitting big shots and guarding several positions every game.
54Caleb HoustanSFMichiganCanadian product of the famed Montverde Academy. Just scratching the surface of what he could become, but already a decent scorer and capable defender.
55Julian ChampagnieSFSt. John'sDo-everything wing who is athletic and quick enough to defend 1-3 at the next level. His brother, Justin, is a rookie for the Raptors.
56Peyton WatsonSG/SFUCLAGreat kid and super recruit who didn't play a ton for the Bruins, but has all the tools to become a bona fide NBA player in time.
57Josh MinottPFMemphisInteresting prospect who flashed the clutch gene for Penny Hardaway's club, often coming up with late-clock buckets and stops.
58Bryce McGowensSGNebraskaReally good player who scores from 16 feet and in.
59Justin LewisSF/PFMarquetteClassic, hard-nosed Marquette forward who can do essentially whatever it is your club needs.
60Keon EllisSGAlabamaGreat athlete; best in space and as a rangy defender.
61Alondes WilliamsSG/PGWake ForestOklahoma transfer was the ACC Player of the Year after averaging a healthy 18-6-5 for the Deacs. Can help his stock by expanding his range beyond the arc in pre-draft workouts.
62Ismael KamagateCFranceBouncy seven-footer with good hands, feet, and overall feel for the game. I like him a lot.
63Jordan HallPG/SGSt. Joseph'sSleeper prospect out of the A-10 who can do a bit of everything. Has great size at 6 feet 8 inches, elite vision, and feel. Broke the Hawks' all-time single-season record in assists per game.
64Zach EdeyCPurdueMassive 7-foot-4-inch, 295-pound big who has a good feel for spacing, help-side defense, and decent feet. Would love to see him find a home.
65Michael Foster Jr.PFG LeagueClassic new-age wing with a refined jumper, impressive handle, and fluid offensive game. Only 19 years old, too.
66Khalifa DiopCSenegalAthletic 6-foot-11-inch center with good finishing ability, good hands, and a nice feel for the game.
67Roko PrkačinPFCroatiaSecond-youngest player in this draft and someone to watch as a potential draft-and-stash. Tall forward who's creative with his handle, highly deft at getting to his spot, and mechanically sound as a perimeter shooter.
68Ron Harper Jr.SFRutgersRugged forward who can step away and shoot it, but also put the ball on the deck and bully-ball his way to the rim.
69Ryan RollinsSGToledo50-40-90 guard who dominated in the MAC. Remember Jason Preston? He and Rollins are almost identical in size.
70Johnny JuzangSGUCLAHousehold name in college hoops who can score, rebound, and shoot. He's played his best ball in some of his biggest games.
71Gabe BrownSFMichigan StateAthletic 6-foot-6-inch left-handed wing who can shoot it and guard several positions.
72JD NotaeSGArkansasAttacking guard who creates separation with a lethal first step. Finishes well at the rim and has a nifty in-between game.
73David RoddySFColorado StateThe Mountain West Player of the Year is a hyper-efficient scorer with enough size and strength to find an NBA home. Think Pat Connaughton, but not nearly the athlete.
74Matthew MayerSFBaylorKey part of Baylor's title team two years ago. Mayer's somewhat lackluster stats disguise his impact as a winning player on both sides of the floor.
75Terrence Shannon Jr.SGTexas TechHigh-rising, 6-foot-6-inch, 210-pound lefty who impacts the game with his overall activity, effort, and ancillary scoring. Think Derrick Jones Jr. if all things pan out well.

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