The 2022 NBA Draft is here, and the major draft sites have finalized their “big boards.” Each year at this time, I post NBA Draft Composite Rankings, which involves combining the draft/big boards from some of the more respected sources (listed below). By doing this, two things are achieved: 1) it gives our readers a good idea where the players may be drafted, and 2) [ . . . ]
For the third consecutive year, Hoops Prospects held a group mock draft, a true collective effort that involved a lot of work from the entire staff. The 30 NBA teams were divided among five HP writers/analysts, including myself. Below are the results of both rounds, including comments from the person who made the pick. Trades were permitted as long as they were approved by the [ . . . ]
The wait is nearly over. The NBA Draft is just days away, but many prospects still do not know if their name will be called on June 23. The NBA Draft Combine wrapped up on May 22, and a number of players saw their stock rise or fall depending on their measurements, as well as how they played. Prospects also have conducted multiple interviews and [ . . . ]
Need help with your bracket? Listen to the latest HPP episode, as our staff goes through the entire 2022 men’s bracket, making all 67 picks, culminating with the eventual champion. Co-hosts Eric Kerr, TJ Brown, and Rich Harris are joined by Tyler Hagedorn of the Maine Celtics (from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport). The foursome also made their individual Final Four and Champion predictions, which are [ . . . ]
Julian Champagnie returned to St. John’s for his junior season after testing the NBA draft waters in 2021, pulling out due to a wrist injury affecting his shot. This college basketball season, he leads the Big East in points per game (19.2) for the second consecutive season and is arguably the best pro prospect in the conference as the head of the snake for a [ . . . ]
Earlier this week, Hoops Prospects launched the “Hoops Prospects Podcast” (HPP). In the first-ever episode of HPP, TJ Brown and I discussed the Big East and the top pro prospects in the conference. We were joined by guest John Fanta, a broadcaster for Fox Sports and the host of the “Big East Shootaround.” A clip from the show is below. Moving forward, each week, various [ . . . ]
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 [ . . . ]