2022 NBA Draft Big Board — 12. Benedict Mathurin, Arizona
A quick athlete with dynamic shooting touch, Benedict Mathurin exploded in his sophomore season with Arizona. He can hit shots curling around screens, pulling up over the defender, or simply spotting up. That alone will help him unlock a new gear for whichever team drafts him. He can also beat closeouts with strong, explosive moves to the rim, or he can launch mesmeric passes off the drive. He has the tools of a very special offensive player.
2022 NBA Draft Big Board — 11. Jalen Duren, Memphis
Jalen Duren is probably the most impressive athlete at the center position in this year’s class. The 7-footer has the wingspan (7-foot-5), strength (250 pounds), and lateral quickness to be a true difference-maker on the defensive end. On offense, he can supply offensive boards and efficient, easy finishes at the rim.
2022 NBA Draft Big Board — 10. Tari Eason, LSU
A terrorizing presence on the defensive end, Tari Eason plays winning basketball. At 6-foot-7, he can contain guards at the point of attack, fight over screens, or wage battle in the post. Ask him to play free safety, he can. Ask him to guard the opposition’s best player, and he will do so hungrily. He was one of the best players in the SEC despite coming off the bench and he projects as an excellent complementary piece on offense.