2022 NBA Draft: Top 10 Final Four Prospects

The NCAA March Madness Final Four is finally upon us. The tournament has been full of surprises and excellent basketball, but now just four teams remain. The 2022 NBA Draft is coming up quite quickly as well, so teams across the league have been doing their scouting throughout the tournament. The eyes of the league’s executives will be on the Final Four scouting out the top prospects as well, and here are the 10 best.

2022 NBA Draft: Top 10 Final Four Prospects

Numbers 10 to 6

10. Collin Gillespie, G, Villanova

Gillespie is the most experienced player on this list as he’s been a Villanova star for quite some time now. This season he’s averaging close to 16 points, four boards, and three assists per game. He’s a steady presence and can succeed off the bench. His potential isn’t as high as that of Jalen Brunson, but they share similar collegiate experiences and play.

9. Caleb Love, G, North Carolina

Love has been blowing up during the tournament. His regular-season statistics have been solid as well, checking in at close to 16 points and four assists per game. He can easily improve by staying with the Tar Heels, but he can be a notable scorer in the pros.

8. Trevor Keels, G, Duke

Keels never quite exploded as expected during his freshman year, but the flashes of brilliance have been there. He projects as more of a project, one that could’ve been in the lottery (or still can with an additional year), but the potential is through the roof.

7. Christian Braun, G/F, Kansas

Braun looks to be the part of the kind of player every NBA team wants. He can shoot, play strong defense, create shots, find open teammates, and so much more. There’s no major star potential, but more so a constant name off the bench. Braun looks to be a Kenrich Williams type of pro.

6. Armando Bacot, C, North Carolina

Bacot, like his teammate Love, is dominating in the tournament. He’s put in stellar performances in every single game and is a force on both ends of the floor. Bacot dominates the boards like no other and always finds his way in the post. All signs point to him being a stud and a possible NBA starter.

Top Five 2022 NBA Draft Final Four Prospects

5. Wendell Moore, F, Duke

This Duke team is loaded with NBA prospects, and the third-year Moore continues to make a difference. Stuffing the stat sheet is difficult with the kind of teammates he has around him, yet Moore is averaging fantastic all-around statistics of about 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game. Moore has starter potential down the road in the league.

4. Ochai Agbaji, G/F, Kansas

Agbaji, like Gillespie, is vastly experienced, especially compared to others on this list. The Big 12 Player of the Year is averaging about 19 points and five rebounds per game. He’s extremely athletic, an agile defender, and a solid shooter. Agbaji has all the tools to be a very effective “three-and-d” player in the league. Think of a better Dorian Finney-Smith.

3. Mark Williams, C, Duke

Williams has been consistently good throughout the season but is really strutting his stuff in the tournament. The rebounds, blocks, steals, and anchoring of the defense have been outstanding. He’s also shown offensive flashes, such as in the first half versus Arkansas. Williams is a surefire NBA starter at the five.

2. AJ Griffin, F, Duke

Griffin Jr.’s statistics aren’t amazing, averaging about 11 points and four rebounds per game. Although he’ll enter the league as a project, it will be a project worth working on with extremely high potential. He’s an elite athlete and shooter, and above-average on defense and creating his own shot. It may be a couple of years down the line, but Griffin can be a star.

1. Paolo Banchero, F, Duke

Banchero has the potential to become the number one overall pick. He’s scary on the triple-threat, allowing him to score in a variety of ways as well as finding teammates with ease. Pair this with solid athleticism, and Banchero translates into being a terrific NBA scorer and playmaker. His rebounding is there, but the defense can use work. Overall though, Banchero has the highest ceiling in this group.

 

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