2022 NBA Draft Big Board — 9. TyTy Washington Jr., Kentucky
A clever playmaker who was dragged down by injuries (and system) at Kentucky, TyTy Washington Jr. projects extremely well at the next level. Assuming there are no long-term issues with his ankle, Washington’s court vision, slippery handles, and feather-soft touch should make him one of the draft’s top floor generals. He didn’t get to showcase the full extent of his talent at Kentucky, which is always the case with Kentucky guards, but his untapped potential should catch the attention of NBA teams.
2022 NBA Draft Big Board — 8. Keegan Murray, Iowa
Probably the most productive and efficient all-around player in college basketball last season, Keegan Murray is the type of win-now prospect many teams covet in the lottery. He will contribute all over the floor. At 6-foot-9, he can run off screens for 3s like a guard, or he can push the tempo in transition. If you want him playing a more traditional big man role, he can thrive as a roll man or cutter who finished over 60 percent of his shots at the rim in college. On defense, he’s everywhere, with switchable athleticism and plenty of veteran savvy for a 22-year-old.
2022 NBA Draft Big Board — 7. Jeremy Sochan, Baylor
A 6-foot-10, 230-pound, five-position defender, Jermey Sochan should have no shortage of suitors on draft night. He can switch screens, battle in the post, or haunt passing lanes. He’s an explosive finisher around the rim, a dynamic and willing passer, a superb transition player, and even a budding 3-point threat. If he can really get the perimeter jumper to start falling, NBA teams will have their hands full.