NBA Early Entry List: Prospects Leaving Early for 2022 NBA Draft

NBA Early Entry List Prospects Leaving Early for 2022 NBA Draft

The 2022 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, and a total of 283 players have filed as early entry candidates. The list includes 247 collegiate players and 36 international candidates. According to the league’s draft rules, players had until April 24 to file as early entry prospects. Other NBA draft coverage and betting content is on the main page.

For a reminder, early entry players have until 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 13 to withdraw their names in writing from the draft. Furthermore, the NBA draft combine is taking place from May 16th to the 22nd in Chicago, Illinois. Likewise, the draft lottery is scheduled for May 17.

Top prospects include Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr., Paolo Banchero from Duke and Chet Holmgren from Gonzaga. All three players are towering freshmen. Of course, Banchero was the projected number one overall pick in 2021. However, oddsmakers and multiple NBA mock drafts now have Smith Jr. at No. 1.

The NBA early entry list below is shortened. To read the full list, head on over to NBA.com.

2022 NBA Draft Early Entry List (Shortened)

Player College Status Height
Max Abmas Oral Roberts 6-1 Junior
Efe Abogidi Washington State 6-10 Sophomore
Jalen Adaway St. Bonaventure 6-5 Senior
Ochai Agbaji Kansas 6-5 Senior
Fardaws Aimaq Utah Valley 6-11 Junior
James Akinjo Baylor 6-1 Senior
Kaodirichi Akobundu-Ehiogu UT Arlington 6-9 Junior
Emmanuel Akot Boise State 6-8 Senior
Theo Akwuba Louisiana 6-11 Senior
Teddy Allen New Mexico State 6-6 Senior
Tez Allen Southern Oregon 6-5 Senior
Keve Aluma Virginia Tech 6-9 Senior
Avery Anderson III Oklahoma State 6-3 Junior
Eric Ayala Maryland 6-5 Senior
Marcus Azor UMass Dartmouth 6-2 Senior
David Azore UT Arlington 6-4 Senior
Patrick Baldwin Jr. Milwaukee 6-9 Freshman
Paolo Banchero Duke 6-10 Freshman
Emmanuel Bandoumel SMU 6-4 Senior
Evan Battey Colorado 6-8 Senior
Khalif Battle Temple 6-5 Junior
Damion Baugh TCU 6-4 Junior
Justin Bean Utah State 6-7 Senior
Jules Bernard UCLA 6-6 Senior
Jamal Bieniemy UTEP 6-5 Senior
Marcus Bingham Jr. Michigan State 6-11 Senior
James Bishop George Washington 6-2 Junior
Henry Blair Jr. Bob Jones (SC) 6-3 Junior
Buddy Boeheim Syracuse 6-6 Senior
Rasir Bolton Gonzaga 6-3 Senior
Mike Bothwell Furman 6-3 Senior
Souley Boum UTEP 6-3 Senior
Luka Brajkovic Davidson 6-10 Senior
Malaki Branham Ohio State 6-5 Freshman
Christian Braun Kansas 6-6 Junior
Izaiah Brockington Iowa State 6-4 Senior
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 6-7 Junior
Johni Broome Morehead State 6-10 Sophomore
Gabe Brown Michigan State 6-7 Senior
Jordan Brown Louisiana 6-11 Junior
Kendall Brown Baylor 6-8 Freshman
Tevin Brown Murray State 6-5 Senior
Tyler Burton Richmond 6-7 Junior
John Butler Jr. Florida State 7-1 Freshman
Jared Bynum Providence 5-10 Junior
Maurice Calloo Oregon State 6-10 Senior
Toumani Camara Dayton 6-8 Junior
Dylan Cardwell Auburn 6-11 Sophomore
Donald Carey Georgetown 6-5 Senior
Sincere Carry Kent State 6-1 Junior
Xavier Castaneda Akron 6-1 Senior
Julian Champagnie St. John’s 6-8 Junior
Kennedy Chandler Tennessee 6-0 Freshman
Max Christie Michigan State 6-6 Freshman
Kofi Cockburn Illinois 7-0 Junior
R.J. Cole Connecticut 6-1 Senior
Vince Cole Coastal Carolina 6-6 Senior
Yuri Collins St. Louis 6-0 Junior
George Conditt IV Iowa State 6-10 Senior

Moreover, other candidates on the full list includes Jaden Ivey from Purdue, Arizona’s Christian Koloko and Bennedict Mathurin, and Scotty Pippen Jr. from Vanderbilt. Ivey is a 6-4, 200 lb. guard. In a total of 36 games played during the 2021-22 NCAA season, he averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. The guard was selected first-team All-Big Ten in 2022.

Meanwhile, Pippen Jr. is a 6-3, 185 lb. guard. He was selected first-team All-SEC in 2021 and 2022. Needless to say, he is the son of retired legend and six-time NBA champion Scotty Pippen. During Vanderbilt’s 2021-22 season, Pippen Jr. averaged 20.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He led his conference in scoring this past season. Also, with a total of 70 steals, the guard ranked third overall in the SEC.

Jabari Smith Jr. has the best odds of obtaining the first overall selection

Based on the available BetMGM odds, Jabari Smith Jr. is the top favorite. The guard possesses (-105) odds of being taken first overall in the 2022 NBA Draft. Chet Holmgren has the next best odds (+155), followed by Paolo Banchero (+300), Jaden Ivey (25-to-1) and Keegan Murray (80-to-1).

As for DraftKings Sportsbook, Smith Jr. has (+100) odds of receiving a first overall selection. The sportsbook shows Holmgren in second place (+140). Then, Banchero has the third-best odds (+350) on the list. No matter which way someone slices it, the first overall pick in 2022 will be either Smith Jr., Holmgren or Banchero.

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