2022 NBA Draft Rookie Decision Tracker: Duke’s Paolo Banchero Comes to Pros After One Year

2022 NBA Draft Rookie Decision Tracker: Duke’s Paolo Banchero Comes to Pros After One Year

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Offseason in college basketball is officially in full swing. With a champion crowned, there are already over 1,400 players on the transfer portal and a strong contingent of the sport’s top talent has formally declared for this year’s draft well ahead of the impending entry deadline at 11:59 pm ET on April 24.

As the deadline approaches, bigger and bigger names are starting to slowly throw their names in the hat, and that continued this week with UCLA’s Johnny Juzang and Arizona stars Christian Koloko and Bennedict Mathurin announcing their draft decisions.

More than half of the top 60 talent on the CBS Sports Big Board has formally declared for the draft, including six of the top 10 and 11 of those currently projected in the lottery. Among them are Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero Jaden Ivey and Johnny Davis – the top five prospects on our board – who burst with great 2021-22 seasons. Kentucky guard TyTy Washington and Baylor great Jeremy Sochan are also now in the mix for brief stays in Lexington and Waco respectively. Together, they join a growing list of potential first-round players already testing the draft process that includes Ohio State’s EJ Liddell, Iowa’s Keegan Murray and LSU’s Tari Eason. Older statesmen like Drew Timme of Gonzaga and Trayce Jackson-Davis of Indiana are also testing the waters and leaving the return to college open.

More talented freshmen will likely join this list soon in the coming days and weeks ahead of the April 24 filing deadline. However, with so many great talents playing in the NCAA Tournament this year – such as KU’s Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun or Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams and AJ Griffin – it looks like a large group will be making announcements in the final days and hours leading up to the term.

As the list grows, we will continue this tracker updated to provide you with a full scope of what the draft scenario will look like before this summer. Keep in mind that not only should this list grow, but freshmen who declare – even if they sign with an agent – are still eligible to return to college. The withdrawal deadline this year is nearly a month after the combination, set for 5 pm ET on June 13.

Underclassmen on the NBA Draft Big Board

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Other early participants

  • Justyn Mutts, Virginia Tech
  • Jordan Walker, UAB
  • Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
  • Alones Williams, Wake Forest
  • Jake Laravia, Wake Forest
  • Johni Broome, Morehead State
  • Daivien Williamson, Wake Forest
  • James Akinjo, Baylor
  • Jaylin Williams, Arkansas
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
  • Drew Timme, Gonzaga
  • Teddy Allen, State of New Mexico
  • Adonis Arms, Texas Tech
  • Cole Swider, Syracuse
  • Izaiah Brockington, State of Iowa
  • Kevin McCullar, Texas Tech
  • Keion Brooks, Kentucky
  • Au’Diese Toney, Arkansas
  • Gabe Brown, State of Michigan
  • David Roddy, State of Colorado
  • Lester Quinones, Memphis
  • Vince Williams, VCU
  • Kyle Foster, Howard
  • Marcus Bingham Jr., State of Michigan
  • Trevion Williams, Purdue
  • Marcus Sasser, Houston
  • Justin Minaya, Providence
  • Anthony Duruji, Florida
  • Jaden Shackelford, Alabama
  • Isiaih Mobley, Missouri State
  • Isaiah Mobley, USC
  • Osun Osunniyi, San Bonaventure
  • Courtney Ramey, Texas
  • Taze Moore, Houston
  • Tyrese Martin, UConn
  • Justin Bean, State of Utah
  • Peter Kiss, Bryant
  • Tyler Burton, Richmond
  • Kenneth Lofton, Louisiana Tech
  • Nijel Pack, State of Kansas
  • Jordan Hall, San Jose
  • Nate Roberts, Washington
  • Jaden JonesRutgers
  • Ryan Terell, Yeshiva University

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