The NBA draft is coming up in 2022, with the top 100 players expected to be drafted. This list will be updated as the draft approaches and there are plenty of stocks to watch for this year.
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Although the pre-draft process for the 2022 NBA draft is still in its early stages, NBA clubs are out in force collecting initial impressions of several of the top prospects in the class. Despite the fact that college basketball does not begin for another month, college pro days, practices, and European league games and practices have already influenced ESPN’s top 100 for 2022.
How did Memphis rookies Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren fare in front of NBA decision-makers for the first time? In Spokane, Durham, and Westwood, how are top prospects Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, A.J. Griffin, and Peyton Watson looking thus far? What are your early impressions on Yannick Nzosa, a predicted lottery pick, and Ismael Kamagate, a possible first-round pick, playing in Spain and France?
Over the last several weeks, Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz have crisscrossed the world, conducting assessments and speaking with other league evaluators to help answer those concerns. As the 2021-22 college basketball season approaches, ESPN has also created a new Top 100:
Top 100 prospects for the NBA Draft in 2022
1. Chet Holmgren | PF | Gonzaga | 19.4 years old
2. Paolo Banchero | PF/C | Duke | Age: 18.9
Jaden Hardy | SG | 19.2 years old | G League Ignite
4. Memphis’ Jalen Duren | C | 17.8 years old
5. Jabari Smith | PF/C | Auburn | 18.4 years old
Caleb Houstan | SF | 18.7 years old | Michigan
7. Yannick Nzosa | Unicaja Malaga | C | 17.9 years old
8. Patrick Baldwin Jr. | SF/PF | Milwaukee | 18.8 years old
Peyton Watson | SF | 19.0 years old | UCLA
Jaden Ivey | PG/SG | 19.6 years old | Purdue
11. Ousmane Dieng | SF/PF | NZ Breakers | 18.3 years old
12. A.J. Griffin | SF/PF | Duke | Age: 18.1
J.D. Davison | PG | 19.0 years old | Alabama
Jean Montero | PG/SG | 18.2 years old | Overtime Elite
Dyson Daniels | PG/SG | 18.5 years old | G League Ignite
TyTy Washington | PG/SG | 19.9 years old | Kentucky
17. Roko Prkacin | Cibona Zagreb | PF | Age: 18.8
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Daimion Collins | PF/C | 18.9 years old | Kentucky
Ben Mathurin | SF | 19.3 years old | Arizona
Khalifa Diop | C | 19.7 years old | Gran Canaria
Mark Williams | C | 19.8 years old | Duke
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Allen Flanigan | SF | 20.4 years old | Auburn
Tristan Vukcevic | PF | 18.5 years old | Real Madrid
Keegan Murray | PF | 21.1 years old | Iowa
Nikola Jovic | SF | 18.3 years old | Mega Basket
Jaime Jaquez Jr. | SG | 20.6 years old | UCLA
Caleb Love | PG/SG | 20.0 | North Carolina 29. Caleb Love | PG/SG | 20.0 | North Carolina
Hugo Besson | PG/SG | 20.4 | NZ Breakers 30. Hugo Besson | PG/SG | 20.4 | NZ Breakers
Michael Foster | PF | 18.7 years old | G League Ignite
Marcus Bagley | SF/PF | 19.9 years old | Arizona State
Ochai Agbaji | SF | Age: 21.4 | Kansas 33. Ochai Agbaji | SF | Age: 21.4 | Kansas
Andre Curbelo | PG | 19.9 years old | Illinois
Walker Kessler | C | 20.2 years old | Auburn
Ismael Kamagate | C | 20.7 | Paris 36. Ismael Kamagate | C | 20.7 | Paris
Earl Timberlake | SF | Age: 20.9 | Memphis 37. Earl Timberlake | SF | Age: 20.9 | Memphis
Josiah Jordan-James | SG | 21.0 years old | Tennessee
Johnny Juzang | SF | 20.5 years old | UCLA
Matthew Mayer | SF/PF | Baylor | Age: 22.0
Justin Lewis | SF/PF | 19.4 years old | Marquette
Julian Champagnie | SF/PF | 20.2 years old | St. John’s
Drew Timme | PF/C | Gonzaga | Age: 21.0
44. Zach Edey | C | 19.4 years old | Purdue
Gabriele Procida | SG | Age: 19.3 | Fortitudo Bologna 45. Gabriele Procida | SG | Age: 19.3 | Fortitudo Bologna
Ruben Dominguez | SG/SF | 18.7 years old | Estudiantes
47. Zsombor Maronka | Joventut | SF | Age: 19.0
Fedor Zugic | SG | 18.0 | Ratiopharm Ulm | 48.
Ariel Hukporti | C | 19.4 years old | Melbourne
50. Taevion Kinsey | SG | Marshall | Age: 21.5
Trevor Keels | SF | 18.1 years old | Duke
Andrew Nembhard | PG | 21.7 years old | Gonzaga
MarJon Beauchamp | G League Ignite | SG/SF | Age: 19.9
Oral Roberts | 54. Max Abmas | PG | Age: 20.5 |
Malcolm Cazalon | SG | 20.1 years old | Mega Basket
Gui Santos | SF/PF | 19.3 years old | Minas Gerais
Azuolas Tubelis | PF/C | 19.5 years old | Arizona
Terrence Shannon Jr. | SG/SF | Texas Tech | 21.1 years old
Jahvon Quinerly | PG | 22.8 years old | Alabama
60. Matteo Spagnolo | PG | Cremona | Age: 18.7
Boogie Ellis | PG/SG | 20.8 years old | USC
Will Richardson | PG | 22.1 years old | Oregon
Keon Ellis | SG/SF | 21.7 years old | Alabama
DeVante’ Jones | PG/SG | 23.5 years old | Michigan
Abramo Canka | SG/SF | 19.5 years old | Nevezis
Trayce Jackson-Davis | PF/C | 21.6 years old | Indiana
Davonte Davis, 67, | PG | 20.0 years old | Arkansas
68. Mississippi State’s Iverson Molinar | SG | Age: 21.8
Justin Powell | PG/SG | 20.4 years old | Tennessee
Dawson Garcia | C | 20.0 years old | North Carolina
71. Hyunjung Lee | Davidson | SF | Age: 20.9
Ibou Badji | C | 18.9 | Lleida 72.
Jabari Walker | PF | 19.2 years old | Colorado
74. Mike Miles | PG | 19.1 years old | TCU
75. Wendell Moore Jr. | San Francisco | Age: 20.0 | Duke University
Pavel Savkov | SG | Age: 19.4 | Azpeitia | 76. Pavel Savkov | SG | Age: 19.4 | Azpeitia
77. Osun Osunniyi | PF/C | St. Bonaventure | Age: 22.9
Buddy Boeheim | SG/SF | 21.9 years old | Syracuse
79. Mojave King | Singapore | 19.3 years old | Adelaide
80. Tom Digbeu | Singapore | 20.0 years old | Brisbane
Kenneth Lofton Jr., 81, | PF/C | 19.1 years old | Louisiana Tech
Marcus Carr | PG | 22.3 years old | Texas
Courtney Ramey | PG | 22.0 | Texas 83. Courtney Ramey | PG | 22.0 | Texas
Nate Laszewski | PF | 22.2 years old | Notre Dame
85. Tyson Etienne | PG/SG | Wichita State | Age: 22.0
Nikita Mikhailovskii | SF | Age: 21.0 | Tasmania 86. Nikita Mikhailovskii | SF | Age: 21.0 | Tasmania
Mario Nakic | Andorra | Mario Nakic | SF | Mario Nakic | SF | Mario Nakic | SF | Mario Nakic | SF | Mario Nakic |
Christian Braun | SG | 20.4 years old | Kansas
Isaiah Wong | G | 20.7 years old | Miami
Donta Scott | PF | 20.8 years old | Maryland
Yoan Makoundou | PF/C | 21.1 years old | Cholet
92. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua | Baylor | C | Age: 22.4
Makur Maker | PF/C | 20.9 years old | Sydney Kings
Jalen Wilson | PF | 20.9 years old | Kansas
Scotty Pippen Jr., 95, | PG | 20.9 years old | Vanderbilt
E.J. Liddell | PF | 20.8 years old | Ohio State
97. Adam Flagler | SG | Baylor | 21.8 years old
Kofi Cockburn | C | 22.1 years old | Illinois
99. Darius Days | PF | 21.9 years old | LSU
Eric Ayala | SG | 22.7 | Maryland | 100.
In an introduction to NBA scouts, Emoni Bates demonstrates potential and space for improvement.
In what was most NBA executives’ first live glimpse at the ballyhooed 17-year-old, Emoni Bates displayed both his youth and ability.
Bates displayed his advanced scoring instincts, developing playmaking skills, and polish as a large guard while running the point for Memphis. Extreme highs included complex sequences of precise footwork and pace changes that operated out of hesitation movements to get to the hoop for powerful finishes. There were also lows, such as overdribbling, lost passes, blown defensive assignments, and dubious shot selection, which have been a part of Bates’ game since he was 14.
In Memphis, I went on ESPN Radio to talk about the Memphis Pro Day and Emoni Bates’ transition to collegiate football. pic.twitter.com/BtqFn34G2d
8 October 2021 — Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress)
Bates has clearly put in the effort to bulk up his lanky body (he’s up to 190 pounds, almost 20 pounds more than two years ago) and has made a deliberate effort to play the game unselfishly and include others. His enthusiasm and zeal were contagious, and he was clearly loved by teammates and the coaching staff.
Despite the extra weight, Bates’ inadequate measurements and athletic testing results (conducted by the same company that runs the NBA combine) were widely criticized. He had a wingspan almost two inches less than his height, tiny hands, a meager 2412-inch standing and 3112-inch running vertical jump, and sluggish sprint timings. Kevin Huerter of the Atlanta Hawks is his closest NBA counterpart in our database. Many of the doubts about Bates’ athletic testing results were dispelled when executives saw him put his head on the rim on numerous spectacular finishes in drills and real action. Bates isn’t the quickest or most explosive player in the league, which is why he’ll need to keep bulking up.
Measuring Emoni Bates during the Memphis Pro Day. pic.twitter.com/T2csW4jrpc
6 October 2021 — Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress)
The initial impressions of NBA scouts were divided. Bates was deemed overrated by some, who unjustly compared what they saw to the exaggerated “next KD” expectations that were put on him when he was 14. Others praised his entire package of shot-making, bucket-getting ability, outstanding team spirit, and some of the spectacular passes he made off the dribble. It’s worth noting that Bates will spend the most of this season as a 17-year-old, which is why he won’t be available for the NBA draft until 2023. He’s seven years younger than teammate DeAndre Williams, has no prior experience playing the position he’s being expected to play, and has never been coached.
While there are plenty of things to quibble about, and it’s clear that Bates’ transition to point guard will be bumpy, there’s no doubt that this season (and the one after if he decides to stay) will be excellent for his long-term development, providing him with the type of reps and hard coaching he needs to expand his game and break free of many of the bad habits he picked up earlier in his career.
Compared to the first day, which was more extensively attended by high-level decision-makers, Bates had a much better practice the second day, which featured lots of live scrimmaging. Last was an excellent performance in comparison to what we witnessed this summer, when Bates battled with efficiency and decision-making, reaffirming his position as one of the top talents in the 2023 NBA draft. Givony, Jonathan
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Today in Spokane, I had a great time going through footage with predicted top selection Chet Holmgren. I was blown away by his sense of the game and knowledge of how to absorb footage. On both ends, I made several great plays in practice. Big-time talent with a chance to make a big impact this season. pic.twitter.com/4Rqp3aX5o4
October 8, 2021 — Mike Schmitz (@Mike Schmitz)
Chet Holmgren | 7-1 | PF/C | Gonzaga | No. 1 in Top 100
It didn’t take long at Gonzaga’s Oct. 8 practice to see why Holmgren is ranked first in our top 100. Holmgren, who stands close to 7-2 with a 7-5 wingspan and remarkable agility for his height, placed an absolute lid on the rim defensively, playing with a tenacity seldom seen in prospects with his thin frame. On the offensive end, Holmgren swished pick-and-pop 3s with ease, ascended into a two-dribble pull-up going left with the elegance of an NBA wing, and displayed his dribble passing skills.
There aren’t many questions about Holmgren as he begins his rookie season in Spokane, apart from his long-term durability and ability to gain weight to his paper-thin body. He can undoubtedly improve his defensive glass presence, offensively play better in traffic, and slip on the perimeter more efficiently. But Holmgren is farther advanced offensively and as a rim defender than a big like Evan Mobley at the same time, which is great praise considering the Cavs big man was considered as a No. 1 selection in most drafts. He’s also a lot tougher than a big like Kristaps Porzingis was at the same point in his career, so he should be able to move up and play some 5 in the future.
Aside from his excellent shooting and shot-blocking skills, Holmgren’s no-nonsense attitude and passion stood out the most in a practice environment. Regardless of how many times he is tossed to the ground, he always gets straight back up, wincing or moaning just a few times. When we went down to break through his high school video in Spokane, he was advanced in the film room for a freshman, already grasping NBA principles.
With Gonzaga scheduled to face Texas, Peyton Watson and UCLA, Paolo Banchero and Duke, JD Davison and Alabama, Washington, and Texas Tech in November and December, Holmgren will have plenty of chances to back up his No. 1 rating. The showdown between Holmgren and Banchero on Nov. 26 in Las Vegas is probably the most anticipated head-to-head top prospect battle in recent memory. Mike Schmitz’s remark
In Durham, I had a really fruitful day at Duke practice. I was able to get an updated look at Paolo Banchero, who is expected to have a strong season. It was great to catch up with AJ Griffin and Trevor Keels, who are also freshman. Both Wendell Moore and Mark Williams have made strides ahead. pic.twitter.com/YiDoGRdTDf
October 7, 2021 — Mike Schmitz (@Mike Schmitz)
Paolo Banchero | PF | Duke | No. 2 in Top 100 | 6-10 |
Spending the day at Duke practice in Durham confirmed Banchero’s position as a double-double machine this season, fighting for an all-conference place and the draft’s top prospect in the process. He’s 250 pounds, with thick legs, a powerful upper body, and remarkable mobility at 6-10, so he should be able to put pressure on opposition front lines with a good mix of strength and quickness. Banchero displayed his passing sense, ability to attack open space off the dribble, score out of the post, and generate additional possessions on the offensive glass in live action with 7-footer Mark Williams.
Banchero will have to prove himself as a consistent 3-point shooter, continue to simplify his game by being more efficient with his dribble, and fine-tune his defense by displaying more versatility on that end if he wants to beat out Holmgren and other tantalizing No. 1 candidates like Jaden Hardy and Jalen Duren for the top pick in the 2022 class.
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When playing with a finisher like Williams, it’s critical for Banchero to be able to hit 3-pointers at a high rate, as this will generate difficult closeouts and set the tone for the remainder of his offensive assault. Banchero’s best collegiate position may be small-ball 5 if surrounded by shooters because of his shot creation compared to his strength. However, considering his sheer size, talent level, and feel for the game, there’s no question about Banchero’s NBA floor, regardless of whatever position he plays. We’ll learn a lot more about him when Duke plays Gonzaga in Vegas on Nov. 9 against Kentucky and Oscar Tshiebwe (Nov. 26).
In terms of the rest of the Blue Devils, predicted lottery selection AJ Griffin (No. 12 in the Top 100) is now sidelined with a sprained knee sustained in practice, and is expected to be one of the most divisive talents for scouts to watch this season. While NBA scouts assessed him during the aforementioned scrimmage, the 18-year-old tripped a little out of the gate, but proved his worth when we were in Durham, competing, attacking the rim, and making plays on both ends. Griffin, who turned 18 on August 25 and is still developing in terms of skill level and consistency, should be given time by evaluators. At 6-6, 222 pounds with a 7-0 wingspan, big hands, and a pro-ready physique, Griffin has obvious NBA tools.
Williams (No. 22 in the Top 100) is the Duke prospect with the greatest hype, and it’s easy to see why at 7-0 with a 7-7 wingspan, tremendous standing reach, and the potential to alter the game as a finisher and rim protector. Expect Williams to get first-round consideration this season if he maintains his preseason form. Wendell Moore (No. 75), a junior winger with an outstanding physical profile (6-5, 210 pounds, 6-11 wingspan) and a good feel for the game, seems ready to make a leap as well. During Duke’s scrimmage, several scouts said he was the best player on the court for periods.
Freshman Trevor Keels (No. 51) has proven to be a nice surprise for Coach K and Duke so far, as he looks to be in position to start for the Blue Devils despite turning 18 one day after Griffin. Keels is a thick-bodied 6-4, 221-pound guard who competes defensively, has an excellent feel for the game, can hit an open 3-pointer, and affects the game without requiring a lot of volume, which may ultimately appeal to NBA scouts if he continues to improve on his physique and has a productive season. Mike Schmitz’s remark
Jalen Duren | 6-10 | C | Memphis | No. 4 in the Top 100
Duren, the ESPN 100’s No. 4 prospect, had an extremely good pro day performance in Memphis, measuring and testing very well and, more significantly, having some absolutely dominating moments in both drills and live action. His stature and play attracted parallels to DeAndre Jordan and Nene, while his game drew comparisons to Bam Adebayo and a young Dwight Howard. Duren, like Bates, skipped his senior year of high school to enroll early at Memphis, but unlike Bates (born in January 2004), Duren’s November 2003 birthdate qualifies him for the NBA draft in June.
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8 October 2021 — Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress)
Duren’s intensity, which had previously been a question mark, had reached new heights, as had his output. He had a few eye-opening moments, skimming over the rim (while hardly having to collect himself) and almost smashing the hoop on his finishes, displaying the kind of strength and explosiveness seldom seen from a 17-year-old. Duren could easily walk on the court for them and not seem out of place, according to many NBA executives, particularly given his defensive flexibility, which included hedging ball screens and covering territory well on both ends of the floor.
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Watson, though, is a rangy defender who can wreak havoc on and off the ball, can finish above the rim in space, and is farther advanced as a ball handler and passer than most wings in his mold at 6-8, 200 pounds with a 7-0 wingspan. Watson won’t put up spectacular box score numbers this season, but if he can provide value defensively, create plays off the dribble in space, and shoot the ball well enough to inspire some hope that he might ultimately develop into a league-average spot shooter, he’ll get plenty of looks in the top 10. The NBA is desperate for rangy wings, as we saw with Ziaire Williams’ 10th-place finish after a difficult rookie season at Stanford. Watson fits that pattern.
Watson, on the other hand, isn’t Mick Cronin’s lone NBA potential. For most of the preseason, Jaime Jaquez, 20, was considered as the finest player in the gym. Jaquez (No. 28 in the top 100) is a tough 6-6 wing who has developed into a sharpshooter from three and a competent facilitator off the bounce. If he takes the leap most anticipate him to as a junior, he may draw first-round attention. Because of his height, length, and diverse shooting style, Johnny Juzang (No. 39) is still on the NBA radar. While he still has to work on his defense, Juzang, a 6-6 scorer, appeared much more at ease as a passer in practice, making excellent readings off of pick-and-rolls and fast actions, which would help his value. Mike Schmitz’s remark
Unicaja versus Murcia is the last game before returning to the United States. Yannick Nzosa, a projected first-round pick in 2022, is a 17-year-old Congolese big player. At 6-11, the long and slender Nzosa is extremely fast and light on his feet, which he uses as a rim runner as well as a defender. pic.twitter.com/02LpBnkq49
October 2, 2021 — Mike Schmitz (@Mike Schmitz)
Unicaja Malaga’s Yannick Nzosa | No. 7 in the Top 100 | 6-11 | Center
ESPN went to Murcia, Spain, to assess a possible lottery selection. Nzosa is a quick 6-11 big man who made a name for himself in the NBA last season with his surprising performance for Malaga in the ACB and EuroCup as a youngster. Following a five-month layoff due to a groin injury, the DRC native is off to a poor start for Unicaja Malaga, hitting only 7-of-22 from the field through six games after completing 64 percent of his shots in 39 games last season.
Even if he’s still rusty on offense, Nzosa demonstrated what kind of game-changing defender he can be in the NBA with an 18-minute, four-block effort in a come-from-behind victory against Murcia. Nzosa, who is close to 6-11 in shoes and has a wingspan of 7-4, defends by vertically contesting shots at the basket, sprinting the floor for chasedown blocks, and smothering guards on the perimeter as a switch defender. While his defensive discipline may need some improvement, Nzosa plays with a lot of enthusiasm and is the kind of player that can’t sit quietly on the bench. He can switch, guard perimeter players, and change shots around the rim, but he’ll need to bulk up to fully realize his defensive potential, as he’s quite lean with a wiry 208-pound frame that reminds you of young bigs like Nerlens Noel, Isaiah Jackson, Anthony Randolph, and Nic Claxton, among others.
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On the offensive end, Nzosa excels at sprinting the floor, which he does better than any other big-man prospect I’ve ever examined, with remarkable speed and the ability to change gears while in full stride. He’s a half-court lob threat, an aggressive offensive rebounder, and can go from the three-point line to the front of the basket for a slam in one dribble. To fully use his physical skills as a diver and slasher, Nzosa will have to continue to improve his screening angles, shaky hands, ball handling, decision-making, and touch near the rim — he’s currently averaging only 8.5 points per 40 minutes.
Nzosa, a 17-year-old who speaks five languages but has only been playing basketball since he was 13, may not be the top-five selection he was originally tipped to be, but the way he glides on the court is really unusual. And that, coupled with his high energy, infectious demeanor, and the NBA’s need for switch-heavy, vertical-spacing bigs in the Clint Capela style, bodes well for him as the season continues, as long as he begins to feel more comfortable on the offensive end. Mike Schmitz’s remark
Ismael Kamagate of Paris Basketball, a 6-11 French big man, was scouted in Paris this morning. The lanky 20-year-old had a strong preseason, averaging 13.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in 31.4 minutes while shooting 77 percent. With Paris now in the first division, he may be in set for a breakthrough season. pic.twitter.com/iBBwPwQYxN
30 September 2021 — Mike Schmitz (@Mike Schmitz)
Ismael Kamagate | 6-11 | Center | Paris Basket | No. 36 in the Top 100
Kamagate, a bouncy 6-11 French center (with origins in the Ivory Coast, where his parents are locals) on a fast trajectory, could earn him consideration throughout the second round — and perhaps the first — if he continues to produce at his current level. Kamagate has averaged 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 3.3 blocks in 29.1 minutes in three France Pro A games with Celtics stash Juhann Begarin, most notably recording an 18-point, 9-block outing last Saturday. Capela was chosen 25th overall after averaging 9.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 21.6 minutes per game over 33 Pro A games during his draft-eligible year (at age 19).
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We spent the day in Paris with Kamagate, seeing him practice, breaking down video, and learning more about his journey from benchwarmer to NBA prospect. Kamagate has the physical stature of an NBA center, measuring 6-11, 227 pounds with a 7-3 wingspan and a 9-0 reach, which is impressive considering his late-blooming status. While he isn’t nearly as tall as Capela, his physical profile isn’t far off. At the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit, Capela measured 6-11, 222 pounds, and had a 7-4.5 wingspan.
Kamagate has excellent hands, a delicate touch, and is developing his passing sense, as he demonstrated at the U20 European Championships this summer. His offensive confidence and defensive drive vary much more than evaluators would like, but Kamagate is an excellent lob-catcher, offensive rebounder, switch defender, and rim protector when he plays with constant conviction. Kamagate continues to focus on improving his defensive glass. With Victor Wembanyama only a two-hour train journey away in Lyon, expect NBA scouts and executives to focus their attention on Kamagate, who has a great chance to demonstrate his development with regular playing time. — Schmitz, Mike
Earl Timberlake clip from the Memphis Pro Day. In front of a slew of NBA executives, Timberlake displayed remarkable defensive flexibility, passing skill, and explosive finishing. pic.twitter.com/1IiFkGLkbA
October 7, 2021 — Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress)
Earl Timberlake | No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 | 6-6 | San Francisco | Memphis
While we watched Emoni Bates carry the ball up the court and initiate sets for the Tigers, based on what we witnessed from the Tigers in live play, he won’t be a one-man show. Earl Timberlake, DeAndre Williams, Lester Quinones, and Alex Lomax, the team’s starting point guard last year, are all adept passers who bring college experience to the table.
Timberlake, a Miami transfer, is probably the most intriguing from an NBA standpoint. Timberlake will have to relearn his shooting technique after undergoing offseason neck surgery to relieve a shoulder issue from last year, a process similar to what Markelle Fultz has gone through in his NBA career. In terms of Timberlake’s jump shot, which has a low release and odd side spin, the results were mixed, but he had an effect on the game in a variety of ways, piqueing the interest of NBA executives in the process.
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Timberlake, who has a sculpted 220-pound body that should enable him to move fluidly between guarding guards, wings, forwards, and even big men, is one of the most explosive athletes on a team full of physical freaks. He also showed glimpses of becoming the team’s greatest passer, starting pick-and-roll setups on a regular basis and displaying excellent timing on the move.
John Camden, the least-heralded member of Memphis’ recruiting class, quietly impressed in both days of action, suggesting that he may emerge as a major impact this season and beyond. Camden, Duren’s partner at the grassroots level, is a huge wing who measures 6-8, weighs 208 pounds, and at times appeared like the greatest shooter on the squad, piqueing NBA officials’ attention. Memphis has a lot of wings and forwards, which may make it tough for Camden to break through this season, particularly given the team’s defensive-first philosophy, which doesn’t quite suit Camden right now. Camden’s ability to make gains in that area, which he’ll be expected to do every day in practice given the quality of players he’ll be defending, will decide if he can emerge as a legitimate prospect in time, but the early indications seemed encouraging. Givony, Jonathan
Jonathan Givony is the creator and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a private scouting and analytics firm used by NBA, NCAA, and foreign clubs.
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