NBA Draft 2022 Big Board: Duke’s Paolo Banchero moves up in first odds rankings update after March Madness

Every year during the March frenzy, there are a few college basketball players who boost their NBA Draft stock while playing under the microscope of the sport’s biggest stage.

And this year is no different.

In our most recent 2022 NBA Draft Big Board rankings, many of this year’s top prospect saw a healthy rebound in our Top 60 teams after strong showings in either the conference tournament or the NCAA Championship. Among them: Duke’s Paulo Banchero and Iowa’s Keegan Murray, both of whom made small (but important at the same time) leaps to third and eighth, respectively.

Banchero throughout the season maintained his spot in the elite class of the draft that obviously had a top four talent, but his playmaking and scoring boosted him ahead of Auburn striker Jabari Smith in his one-point jump. Murray went from 11th to No. 8 and traded points with Memphis megaman Galen Doreen.

As for Smith, the drop in one point has more to do with Banchero’s rise than his fall. No doubt he did himself no favors against Miami in the second round of the NCAA Championship as he went 3 for 16 shots, however, with very little difference between the two, a combination of Banchero’s strong finish of the season and Smith going out with a moan helped spur the change near the top.

Elsewhere in our latest update, most of the names in the top ten have remained the same, albeit in a slightly different order. Wisconsin’s Jonny Davis had a slight downfall with Smith, while TyTy Washington, Ochai Agbaji and AJ Griffin all had small spikes in the board.

Without further ado, let’s move on to the latest update and talk about some notable highs and lows.

Big scoreboard Top 10

The full ranking of the top 60 NBA drafts can be found here. Our look at the notable risers and depressions below.


Paolo Banchero, Duke

current arrangement: 3 | Previous order: 4

Banchero averaged 18.8 points per game in leading Duke to the fourth final. Even more impressively, he’s had two games against Texas Tech at the Sweet 16 and Arkansas in the Elite Eight – two teams with top 10 defenses – collecting 38 points, 11 plates, and seven assists.

Banchereau’s argument against Smith–and indeed, as a possible first choice–is really quite simple. It’s about polishing him in the attack. He’s a killer mid-range goalscorer. He can create his own shot. Plus, his guarding skills at 6-foot-10 in knowing how to pass, do speeds and run breaks are really special. He’ll probably never be a good defender like Chet Holmgren or even Smith in the NBA, I don’t think so, but he’s amazing enough on attack and strong enough on defense that I feel good about taking him third in this draft.

Keegan Murray, Iowa

current arrangement: 8 | former classification: 11

The Iowa star striker long disappeared against Richmond in his NCAA Tour singles show, but the baseline even in that game speaks for itself: 21 points, nine rebounds on an 8-of-15 shot. He also does what he did leading the Hawkeyes during the Big Ten Tournament to The title with four wins in four days, averaging 25.8 points per game and shooting 14 of 26 from a 3-point range.

Murray is the perfect modern-day stretch forward with a combination of shooting (from anywhere) and scoring (against anyone) likely to make him a top 10 player and easily one of the most plug-and-play prospects in the draft.

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J.D. Davison, Alabama

current arrangement: 29 | former classification: 26

We’re still waiting to see if Davison stays in Alabama for his sophomore season or eventually goes. Now we’re expecting it to be announced. If so, it is probably a first-round boundary material based on proportions alone. An amazing athlete, a former five-star recruit, is working. It’s hard to justify him as a top-20 pick right now – as I was up against him earlier this season – having struggled with the tides, averaging 8.5 points and 4.3 assists per game while shooting the mark above 30% of depth. .

Harrison Ingram, Stanford

current arrangement: 38 | former classification: 23

Reset in the last Big Board update, Ingram was one of the possibilities I’ve had throughout the season but simply can’t be justified as a first-rounder. I like his size, I like his skill, and I like his long range horizons (6-8 wings that can create and shoot are very important players), but he’s more legitimate now than most of the other players I have. Back end of the first round. There was still a very good chance of him being picked in the first 30 picks and someone I’d bet his kit on, but his shaky shot as a freshman at Stanford now scared me away from the top 25.

Patrick Baldwin Jr., Milwaukee

current arrangement: 33 | former classification: 15th

Baldwin Jr. played only 11 games for Milwaukee through injury in one season after he missed nearly his final season of high school through injury. At some point – and I think the point may be now – we have to bear in mind that Baldwin may not be the no-brainer prospect he once considered. (He was at one point ranked number one in his own enlistment class.)

What he did in those 11 matches cemented that point. Against the Horizon League competition, he should have featured a shot put and a big frame. But instead he averaged 26.6% from a 3-point range, 12.1 points, and 5.8 rebounds per game.

I’d be surprised if a team didn’t risk Baldwin Jr somewhere in the pre-20s – he’s a blue player who could be a great ground-breaker as a 6-9 mixed striker – but injury concerns and the fact that he hasn’t seem Like someone with a lot of experience right now is out of our first round rankings at the moment.

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