May 13th, 2022 at 1:26pm CST by Luke Adams
UAB senior guard Jordan Walker, San Francisco senior guard Khalil Shabazz, and Auburn sophomore big man Johni Broome are among the players who have indicated that they’ll withdraw from the 2022 NBA draft class and return to college for at least one more year, according to a series of announcements.
None of the three were considered great bets to be drafted in 2022, so they’ll look to improve their stock in 2022/23 before potentially returning pro a year from now. Walker and Shabazz will have exhausted their NCAA eligibility at that point, while Broome – who recently announced that he’ll transfer to Auburn from Morehead State – will have the option of remaining in school.
Early entrants in this year’s draft have until the end of the day on June 1 to withdraw their names if they want to retain their NCAA eligibility. The NBA’s official withdrawal deadline is June 13.
Here’s more on the 2022 draft:
- Earlier this week, the NBA sent teams a list of 17 Pro Days that will be run by agencies at next week’s draft combine in Chicago, per Jonathan Givony of ESPN (Twitter link). Shaedon Sharpe, Keegan Murray, Dyson Daniels, and Jeremy Sochan will be among the many prospects in attendance at those various agency-run Pro Days, Givony adds.
- Yeshiva swingman Ryan Turell, a Division III star, has been forced to withdraw from next week’s NBA G League Elite Camp after suffering a minor injury in a workout, sources tell Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com (Twitter link).
- Memphis wing Josh Minott has worked out for the Nets, Grizzlies, and Bucks early in the pre-draft process, a league source tells Zagoria (Twitter link).
- Jeremy Woo of SI.com identifies five of his favorite under-the-radar prospects in the 2022 draft class, including NC State guard Terquavion Smith and UConn forward Tyrese Martin.
April 13th, 2022 at 3:53pm CST by Luke Adams
Marquette sophomore forward Justin Lewis has decided to declare for the 2022 NBA draft, he announced on Twitter. Lewis said he’ll sign with an agent but will maintain his college eligibility, which suggests he’ll be advised by an NCAA-certified agent, giving him the option of withdrawing and returning to school.
Lewis entered Marquette’s starting lineup in his second college season and enjoyed a breakout year, averaging 16.8 PPG and 7.9 RPG with a .440/.349/.761 shooting line in 32 games (32.2 MPG). Lewis, who earned All-Big East honors and was named the conference’s Most Improved Player, currently ranks 37th overall on ESPN’s board of 2022 prospects, making him a strong candidate to be drafted if he keeps his name in this year’s pool.
Here are a few more draft-related updates:
- It’s not official yet, but sources tell Travis Branham of 247Sports.com that Kentucky’s Shaedon Sharpe is expected to announce soon that he’ll enter the 2022 draft while maintaining his NCAA eligibility. Sharpe has yet to play for the Wildcats, but is eligible to enter the 2022 draft and could be a top-10 pick if he does so. He currently ranks No. 6 overall on ESPN’s big board.
- Zvonimir Ivisic, a 7’2″ Croatian big man, has declared for the 2022 draft, agent Misko Raznatovic tells Jonathan Givony of ESPN (Twitter link). The 18-year-old, who is the No. 77 prospect on ESPN’s top-100 list, has been playing in Montenegro with SC Derby this season.
- San Francisco senior guard Khalil Shabazz has announced he intends to test the NBA draft waters while maintaining his final year of college eligibility (Twitter link). Shabazz averaged 13.7 PPG on .383/.345/.845 shooting in 34 games (30.0 MPG) in 2021/22.
- UAB senior guard Jordan Walker will enter the draft while maintaining his last year of eligibility, he announced on Twitter. Walker led the Blazers with 20.3 PPG and 4.9 APG in 34 games (31.8 MPG) this season, and made 39.6% of 8.6 three-pointers per game.