2022 NBA DRAFT BOARD


Rankings are whatever, so this is mostly just a basic soft order on which skillsets/theories-of-players I like/value more than others. As you can see, the list is heavily skewed towards wing-sized players, with a few exceptions squeezed in.

I still very much subscribe to the notion that very little of what these players do now is indicative of whether or not they will make it in the pros.

The list only contains prospects I’ve been able to see enough to be able to write about.

The heights listed are always heights without shoes, when I can find them, because it’s the new NBA standard, and if I can’t, then I go to the official listing.


1. OUSMANE DIENG, INSEP (FRANCE)

LABEL: 6’7” WING-SIZED SLASHER / WEAKSIDE DEFENDER

LAST REPORT: AUG/29/2019

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/ousmane-dieng/

Dieng assisted on 29% of France’s scores when he was on the floor at the 2019 U16 European Championship, which was a top 20 mark among players who logged a minimum of 100 minutes.

On the flipside, he also averaged 4.1 turnovers per 40 minutes in the tournament.

2. CALEB HOUSTAN, MONTVERDE ACADEMY

LABEL: 6’8” WING SHOOTER / WEAKSIDE DEFENDER

LAST REPORT: JUL/2/2020

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/caleb-houstan/

Houstan averaged 22.8 points per game on 44% shooting at the 2019 U16 Americas Championship, while averaging 8.8 free throws per game – leading Canada to a second-place finish.

3. CHET HOLMGREN, MINNEHAHA ACADEMY

LABEL: 7’0” STRETCH BIG / RIM PROTECTOR

LAST REPORT: OCT/13/2020

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/chet-holmgren/

4. MOUSSA DIABATE, IMG ACADEMY

LABEL: 6’9” FINISHER / WEAKSIDE DEFENDER

LAST REPORT: JUL/16/2020

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/moussa-diabate/

Diabate averaged 19.9 points, 16.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per 40 minutes in the 2019 U18 European Championship. His average of 10 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes was the best mark in the tournament.

5. GAEL BONILLA, BARCELONA U18

LABEL: 6’8” WING-SIZED SLASHER / WEAKSIDE DEFENDER

LAST REPORT: SEP/1/2020

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/gael-bonilla/

Bonilla averaged 17.9 points, 15.8 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per 40 minutes in six appearances at the 2019 U16 Americas Championship.

He struggled to score and rebound as effectively at the Valencia round of the 2019-2020 Adidas Next Generation Tournament but his 28.9% assist rate was the fifth-best mark in the event, among players who logged a minimum of 50 minutes.

Bonilla also stood out as a playmaker on defense – averaging 3.6 steals and 3.6 blocks per 40 minutes in the tournament.

6. MICHAEL CAICEDO SANCHEZ, BARCELONA U18

LABEL: 6’6” WING-SIZED SLASHER / WEAKSIDE DEFENDER

LAST REPORT: SEP/2/2020

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/michael-caicedo-sanchez/

Caicedo Sanchez struggled to score at the Valencia round of the 2019-2020 Adidas Next Generation Tournament, to the tune of 33% effective shooting and just four free throw attempts in 118 minutes, but his average of 3.0 steals per 40 minutes was the ninth-best mark in the tournament.

He was previously the third-leading scorer in the Spanish National Team that won the 2019 U16 European Championship, while averaging 19.8 points per 40 minutes on 55.5% effective shooting.

7. PIERRE SENE, UNICAJA U18

LABEL: 6’7” WING SHOOTER / WEAKSIDE DEFENDER

LAST REPORT: JAN/3/2021

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/pierre-sene/

8. MATTEO SPAGNOLO, REAL MADRID U18

LABEL: 6’4” CARETAKER / WEAKSIDE DEFENDER

LAST REPORT: SEP/11/2020

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/matteo-spagnolo/

Spagnolo averaged 22.2 points per 40 minutes at the 2019 U16 European Championship, leading Italy to a third-place finish.

His average of 8.0 foul shots per 40 minutes was the sixth-best mark in the tournament, among rotation players.

He led Real Madrid B in total minutes and total assists, while ranking second in scoring, in the Spanish Liga EBA (Spanish fourth division) last season, driving the offense for a team that won 17 of its 23 games and was a couple of games behind first-place in its Conference before the pandemic abruptly finished the season and cost the U18 roster a chance of earning promotion to the Spanish LEB Plata (Spanish third division).

Spagnolo nailed 36% of his 70 three-point shots in the Liga EBA, at a pace of 5.7 such attempts per 40 minutes and a 33.6% three-point rate.

He has already debuted with the Italian National Team at the senior level, selected for the roster sent to participate in the first couple of games of the Eurobasket qualifiers in February, when he logged 15 minutes across two appearances against Estonia and Russia.

9. AGUSTIN UBAL, BARCELONA U18

LABEL: 6’6” WING-SIZED POINT GUARD / POINT OF ATTACK DEFENDER

LAST REPORT: AUG/31/2020

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/agustin-ubal/

Ubal averaged 23.2 points per 40 minutes in six appearances at the 2019 U16 FIBA Americas Championship in large part by earning 11 free throws per 40 minutes but missed 31 of his 34 three-point attempts and turned the ball over 6.4 times per 40 minutes.

He averaged 6.8 personal fouls per 40 minutes in four appearances at the Valencia round of the 2019-2020 Adidas Next Generation Tournament but struggled even more on offense in that event, to the tune 46.3% effective shooting, six misses in 11 foul shots and a 0.40 assist-to-turnover ratio.

10. KONSTANTIN KOSTADINOV, REAL MADRID U18

LABEL: 6’8” 3&D WING / WEAKSIDE DEFENDER

LAST REPORT: SEP/10/2020

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/konstantin-kostadinov/

Kostadinov averaged 25.7 points per 40 minutes in four appearances at the Munich round of the 2019-2020 Adidas Next Generation Tournament.

His 60.7% true shooting was a top 10 mark in the event and his 17.9% offensive rebound rate was the second-best mark among qualified players.

His average of 9.8 defensive rebounds per 40 minutes was a top 15 mark at the 2019 U16 European Championship Division B.

His 479 minutes in 21 appearances were the second-highest total on Real Madrid in the Spanish Liga EBA (Spanish fourth division).

11. TRISTAN VUKCEVIC, REAL MADRID U18

LABEL: 6’8” STRETCH BIG / NEEDS TO BE HIDDEN ON DEFENSE

LAST REPORT: SEP/1/2020

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/tristan-vukcevic/

Vukcevic (also known as Tsalikis-Voutktsevits, depending on the website) averaged 37 points per 40 minutes in the Munich round of the 2019-2020 Adidas Next Generation Tournament, which led the event., in large part thanks to his average of 13.9 free throws made per 40 minutes, also a top mark.

His 61.8% true shooting was a top 15 mark.

Perhaps as impressive was his average of 24.1 points per 40 minutes on 55% shooting in 21 appearances in the Spanish Liga EBA (Spanish fourth division), where he nailed 45% of his 58 three-point shots, at a pace of 5.0 such attempts per 40 minutes.

12. CHARLES BEDIAKO, IMG ACADEMY

LABEL: 6’10” FINISHER / RIM PROTECTOR

LAST REPORT: AUG/17/2019

SCOUTING REPORTS: https://basketballscouting.wordpress.com/tag/charles-bediako/

Bediako has already accumulated 344 minutes of playing time in FIBA youth competitions, across 25 total appearances in the 2017 U16 Americas Championship, 2018 U18 Americas Championship, 2018 U17 World Cup and 2019 U19 World Cup.

His average of 13.4 free throws per 40 minutes was the single-best mark at the 2019 U19 World Cup, though he hit those attempts at a 64.3% clip.

His average of 7.6 personal fouls per 40 minutes was the fifth-worst mark in the tournament, among players who logged a minimum of 50 minutes.