The first month of the college season is in the books, and per usual, there have been plenty of surprises. Many of the projected lottery picks for the 2022 NBA Draft have underwhelmed, while numerous unheralded prospects have put themselves on the radar. Here’s a quick look at who is hot and who is not.
Just before the tipoff of the 2021-22 season, Hoops Prospects talked with Nate Laszewski, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound senior forward from Notre Dame. As a junior, Nate had a breakout season, averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, and posting excellent shooting splits: 59 percent from the floor, 43 percent from deep, and 71 percent from the foul line. He also led the ACC with [ . . . ]
A potential first-round pick, Colorado’s Jabari Walker sat down with Hoops Prospects before the start of this season. He discussed many topics, including the outlook for the 2021-22 Buffs, his personal goals for his sophomore campaign, his father Samaki (a former Los Angels Laker), March Madness, shattering backboards, and ping pong. Last season, Walker earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors, averaging 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds [ . . . ]
The Fresno State Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start this season, led by junior Orlando Robinson. A Preseason All-MWC selection, Robinson is averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. Compared to last season, the 21-year-old center/power forward appears stronger and more assertive. In short, he looks like a man on a mission, less than five months after [ . . . ]
Jaden Springer was a big part of Tennessee’s season, posting a usage rate of 25.94 percent along with 26 minutes per game. He has a high motor and great potential as one of the younger prospects in this draft. Springer was a member of the All-SEC Freshman Team last season, averaging 12.5 points on 46.7 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from three-point range and [ . . . ]
Keon Johnson is a slashing wing with explosive leaping ability and very high potential on the defensive end. The Clippers moved up in the draft to select Johnson with the 21st overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, trading the draft rights to Quentin Grimes (no. 25 pick) and the Pistons’ 2024 second-round pick to the Knicks. The former Tennessee Volunteer should eventually help the [ . . . ]
We have hit the dead period for basketball. Summer League is over, free agency has come to a grinding halt, and training camp rosters are finalized for the most part. At this point, all we can do is wait for the NBA preseason to begin on October 3. With that in mind, Hoops Prospects will review the 2021 NBA Draft, pick by pick, breaking down [ . . . ]