Bleacher Report released its latest and final mock draft for Thursday’s 2022 NBA Draft, with a couple of Big 12 players making their way into the final projections.
In the weeks and months leading up to the draft, players wildly move up, down and even out of mock drafts based on what outlet you go to and what those outlets have heard in the rumor mill. Now, with under 24 hours until the 2022 Draft commences, these speculations have a little stronger legs to stand on as more and more NBA teams’ decisions have become final.
The Big 12 is no stranger to putting elite guys in the league and that will not change this year’s draft cycle. Let’s take a look at where each draft eligible Big 12 hooper is slated to be taken on Thursday night.
Jeremy Sochan (Baylor) – Pick No. 9, San Antonio Spurs
Bears’ forward Jeremy Sochan looks to be Baylor’s second lottery pick in two years after Davion Mitchell also went ninth in last year’s draft. The freshman would fill a size need for San Antonio and would fit right in with the sprouting backcourt of Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson.
Ochai Agbaji (Kansas) – Pick No. 14, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs are lacking when it comes to small forwards, with Isaac Okoro and Cedi Osman being two main options at the position. Agbaji could easily slot right into that three spot and thrive for Cleveland after four memorable seasons in Lawrence where he capped it off with a Most Outstanding Player award in the national championship win over North Carolina this past season. Agbaji is the first senior off the board according to this mock.
Christian Braun (Kansas) – Pick No. 31, Indiana Pacers
This pick by the Pacers comes courtesy of a three-team trade with Cleveland and Houston, and it is expected that Indiana will take Kansas guard Christian Braun, although there is still a chance Braun could be taken in the first round according to some rumors.
Kendall Brown (Baylor) – Pick No. 37, Sacramento Kings
Brown spent one season in Waco, where he averaged 9.7 points and five rebounds a game for coach Scott Drew. His athleticism and nose for rebounding the basketball surely catches the attention of many teams around the league, and lord knows the Kings could use any morsel of good fortune. The team let go of two former Big 12 studs last season, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, both of whom proved very valuable on the court. Perhaps Sacramento strikes gold a third time by selecting Brown.
Other Big 12 names have submitted their names for the NBA Draft, like Kansas big man David McCormack and Iowa State guard Izaiah Brockington, but aren’t projected to be picked on draft night and are rather expected to sign free agent contracts.