Mathurin, Griffin, Davis, Sharp top wings in the NBA draft

FILE - Arizona guard Benedict Mathurin (0) shoots past Wright State during the first half of the first round of the NCAA college basketball tournament on March 18, 2022 in San Diego.  Mathurin is a lottery prospect and one of the best wingers in this year's NBA draft.  (AP Photo/Denis Boroy, File)

FILE – Arizona guard Benedict Mathurin (0) shoots previous Wright State through the first half of the primary spherical of the NCAA faculty basketball event on March 18, 2022 in San Diego. Mathurin is a lottery prospect and among the finest wingers on this yr’s NBA draft. (AP Picture/Denis Boroy, File)


Benedict Mathurin of Arizona, A. Griffin of Duke, and Johnny Davis of Wisconsin spent final season exhibiting off their NBA potential in entrance of huge college-level crowds, together with the NCAA Championship.

Sheldon Sharp ended up taking a distinct tack for subsequent week’s draft.

He by no means performed a second for Kentucky earlier than it was an abrupt exit from the NBA, but he could possibly be the primary title amongst that group of lottery odds.

Here is a take a look at a number of the finest winger gamers within the draft:


The 6-6 yr outdated blossomed into his second season to turn out to be ESPN’s No. 8 potential undertaking.

Strengths: Mathurin was the second AP All-American to have an athletic over-the-edge efficiency and dependable jumper. He averaged 17.7 factors whereas capturing 38.3% with three throws over two seasons. He had an enormous second in March, scoring 30 factors and coming within the clutch to assist Arizona survive an additional time win in opposition to the TCU within the second spherical of the NCAA Championship.

“I took benefit of March Insanity to showcase my expertise,” Mathurin mentioned on Thursday. “And I felt like there was an enormous alternative for me, for folks to see what I may do.”

Considerations: Whereas his peak affords defensive potential, Mathurin may additionally use extra consistency on the finish of the ground, with ESPN Faculty Basketball analyst Fran Fracilla noting earlier this yr that Mathurin has room to develop by making readings and coping with choice and rewinding.


The younger 6-6 striker, the son of former NBA participant and present Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin, affords outdoors capturing, size and defensive capabilities.

Strengths: Griffin, who turns 19 in August, is the No. 9 draft decide on ESPN after averaging 10.4 factors. It was a fantastic stroke, because the freshman made 44.7% of his three-pointers and scored sport scores by at the least 3-seconds. There have been additionally flashes of capability to take over matches, most notably 27 factors within the February competitors in opposition to rival North Carolina.

Considerations: There’s a restricted pattern dimension for evaluating a participant who has missed a lot of the final two preseason seasons on account of accidents. He should additionally develop a dribble to finish his vary.


A 6-5 yr outdated pupil who went from off the bench participant to an surprising star in Wisconsin.

Power: Davis performs aggressively and solidly at each ends. Davis has been ranked the No. 11 draft prospect on ESPN, averaging 19.7 factors and eight.2 rebounds to turn out to be an American first crew within the AP whereas proving his capability to create his personal shot or search out teammates.

His total efficiency of 37 in a street win was forward of the then primary. 3 Bordeaux in January outlined its upward pattern, with Boilermakers coach Matt Painter describing it as “the definition of a two-way participant”.

Considerations: Davis wants to enhance his outdoors shot after solely making 30.6% in 3 seconds, together with 10 of 48 (20.8%) within the final 15 video games.


The 6-5 Ranger took an uncommon path to the draft after a semester hiatus in Kentucky.

Strengths: He was thought-about the No. 1 recruit within the 2022 class previous to reclassification and registration with the Wildcats in January, with the introduced plan to play the 2022-23 season. Corridor of Fame coach John Calipari was impressed with Canadian athletic efficiency and capturing, as Sharpe confirmed off his capability to complete across the edge, rating a dribble and hit from the surface within the prep ranks. Ranked as a No. 7 draft prospect on ESPN, he additionally measured almost 7 ft of wingspan in an NBA draft pool.

Considerations: Sharp hasn’t performed since a nationally televised highschool sport in October, leaving little work to guage in opposition to different potential execs after his resolution to drop out.

Sharp mentioned Friday, “It was my final highschool sport, so I really feel like there is a curiosity and thriller with me. However like I mentioned earlier than, I am simply within the health club preparing.”

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Ousmane Dieng: The 19-year-old French spent final season on the A-League Basketball’s Subsequent Stars program for the elite. Ranked #12 by ESPN, Dieng 6-10 has thrilling peripheral abilities as a possible lottery decide. However he should develop his outdoors shot (27% of the NBL’s 3-point vary) and add quantity (205 kilos).

– Branham Homeowners: The 6-5 freshman from Ohio State averaged 13.7 factors whereas firing 41.6% from the 3-point vary and 83% from the foul streak. It could possibly be delayed within the lottery and is ESPN’s thirteenth potential undertaking.

– OCHAI AGBAJI: The 6-6 participant was the primary AP All-American and was essentially the most excellent participant within the Remaining 4 as Kansas gained the NCAA Championship. Agbaji raised his taking part in degree final season to 18.8 factors and 5.1 rebounds whereas additionally proving to be defender, making him a favourite for the primary spherical and ranked No. 16 by ESPN.

– TARI EASON: The 6- to 8-year-old and Cincinnati 7-2 jumper introduced her wings and flexibility to defending a number of positions at LSU, which is a part of the explanation he is a first-round candidate and No. 17 prospect on ESPN.

– JADEN HARDY and MARJON BEAUCHAMP: Each first-round G-League Ignite growth alternatives for prospects who’ve gone past faculty basketball.


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