Jeremy Sochan was taken No. 9 overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Sochan, a 6-foot-9 forward who played for Baylor for one year, was the first Bear off the board in the draft.
Sochan declared early for the draft and did not leave his eligibility open after seeing his stock rise from the start of the season. He benefited from the injury to another freshman, Langston Love, who missed last season with a torn ACL. That opened up playing time for Sochan.
Sochan played 30 games for Baylor last season and earned the league’s Sixth Man Award. He finished the season averaging 9.2 points and 6.4 rebounds for the season. His averages went up after the injury to Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua in February, which opened up more playing time for Sochan. In that stretch, he averaged 11.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in the final nine games.
Sochan also became the first Baylor freshman to post a double-double in an NCAA Tournament game, one of two double-doubles for the season. He missed nearly five games with an ankle injury.
Sochan was considered a four-star forward who was ranked No. 40 nationally and No. 11 at the power forward position by 247Sports.com for the Class of 2021. The Southampton, United Kingdom, product attended Orange Academy in Germany and signed with Baylor in November of 2020 as part of the program’s highest-rated recruiting class ever, ranked No. 4 by ESPN.com. He also played for the Polish National Team in 2021.
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