2022 NBA Draft: Seven players face tough decisions about staying or going ahead of Wednesday’s NCAA withdrawal deadline

After weeks of prep for the 2022 NBA draft — including private practice, the G League Elite camp and the NBA Draft Combine — the lower tier men are now being interviewed in the draft with the fast-approaching NCAA draw deadline Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET . It is expected to be occupied on the decision-making front as seasoned players make their final decisions.

We’ve already seen some major names come off the board and have decided to either go back to school or stay on the draft and more will come soon. stanford wing Harrison IngramHe is one of the names that has surprised some, as he announced last week that he is withdrawing from the draft and returning as a sophomore to Stanford in 2022-23. Louisiana Tech Big man Kenny Lofton Jr. gave us another surprise in a different direction, as the 19-year-old who was also the transfer gatekeeper was fully committed to staying in the draft after strong showings at the G League Elite Camp and then the draft collects.

However, there are a lot of consequential decisions that are likely to come in a matter of hours or days. The NBA has its own separate withdrawal date for first entrants set June 13 at 5 p.m. ET, but last year, nearly all lower tier men decided on or before the NCAA deadline — which means the next few days could be Particularly noisy.

As we stare at the deadline, there are seven possibilities that have yet to decide their destiny to stay or go in the face of very difficult decisions.

Caleb HostanAnd the Moussa Diabat (Michigan)

There has been buzz for weeks that Houstan might be tilting in a certain direction here after turning down an invite to the NBA Draft Combine, with rumors that he might have a promise late in the first round. for someone maybe need A solid group to really move the boards, the rumors sure made a lot of sense.

But Hustan somehow didn’t hint at his decision, even if his maneuvers around the compine would lead one to speculate in one direction. For Michigan it would probably be foolish to put so much stock in anything at this point, but history suggests that the little things he was doing would somehow lead to him staying in the draft.

Diabate is another Michigan player who has a very difficult choice here. Hustan’s decision looks a lot bolder and drier – if he’s a first-rounder, it makes sense for him to go – but Diabate’s decision looks less certain. He’s not a top expert at the moment, but he’s had a few weeks of pre-draft process. Clearly, no decision on the draft was made in a vacuum either. Diabate has been very active in the past few weeks working with teams, and while that’s exactly what the draft process is aimed at, it wouldn’t be surprising if Michigan lost both Houstan and Diabate.

Chris Murray (Yes)

In slightly more positive Big Ten news, Murray was one of two co-invitees who declined to attend – along with the aforementioned Houstan – with speculation stemming from this decision that he might return to Iowa.

Murray had a solid second season with the Hawkeyes this past season as he went from junior to rotational player with the physical tools and game to eventually be considered a number one player. But it might be better for him to return to college for at least another season to prove the value of the NBA in an expanded role, which he will likely get with the departure of his brother Keegan for a potential spot in this year’s lottery.

Julian StrotherAnd the Drew Tim (Gonzaga)

Gonzaga loses Chet Holmgren But they are still waiting for the decisions of both Julian Strother And the Drew Tim as the deadline approaches. The first decision is probably the most difficult, as it is considered a possibility late in the first round or early in the second round. After averaging nearly 12 points and shooting on 36.5% of a 3-point range last season, he’s become an interesting player in the NBA if he were to go.

Both Strawther and Timme have real charisma in the NIL market, though Timme is the most popular name in college hoops and Strawther, if he goes back to school, has the potential to be a real star in next season’s college episodes with a bigger role.

Trevor Keeles (duke)

Stay, be the potential first choice for a top ten team as they evolve into a potential lottery pick. Or leave and settle in to be picked up somewhere between 25 and 40. Therein lies the battle the snails are likely to weigh now. He could go from role player to star for Duke and first-year head coach John Scheyer but could also stay in the draft and possibly be picked late in the first round.

I’ve previously made it clear that going back to school is probably better for Keels, who in an extended role can showcase his versatile game and transfer his talents to the NBA in the 2023 draft where he could be in the top 20 locks. But there’s really no clear choice here between the two. With Duke scoring four five-stars and reportedly in the mix to move ground star AJ Green, the appeal of a potentially first-rounder is one that’s hard to pass.

resolution: stay in the NBA draft

The scope of the draw in Dalen Terry in Arizona is more challenging than any possibility in this draft. It could be in the top 20 picks, it could come out in the top 40 and it doesn’t surprise me either.

Terry was great in his role with the Wildcats last season as a role player who rebounded, pinned three-pointers, and carried a small burden as a playmaker. But Arizona loaded last season. The production we saw was generally limited, even if he had started 37 times in 37 games. (This is what can happen when you play alongside potential first-round players.)