2022 NBA Draft Coverage
A pair of Kentucky basketball players — Shaedon Sharpe and TyTy Washington — were expected to be selected in the 2022 NBA draft. Click below for coverage of Thursday night’s event from the Lexington Herald-Leader.
(Below is a running recap of the 2022 NBA draft with breaking news, observations and comments.)
21:05: With Shaedon Sharpe on the board, TyTy Washington remains Kentucky’s last expected draft pick waiting to be selected.
Out of 10 selections tonight, only 2 SEC players were selected (Jabari Smith Jr. and Sharpe).
21:01: Some pictures can be found here by Shaedon Sharpe following his NBA draft selection by the Portland Trail Blazers.
8:46 p.m.: And the first wildcat of the evening is off the board. Shaedon Sharpe (who, in case you haven’t heard, never actually played for Great Britain) is picked 7th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Sharpe, who is enrolled mid-year from Canada, sat out the second half of the 2021-22 season before declaring the draft and remaining in the draft.
Sharpe practiced with UK and completed pre-game warm-ups on the Rupp Arena pitch, but did not appear in any games.
“I’ve talked to Cal about it, my coach, trainer, even my parents,” Sharpe said last Friday. “But at the end of the day it was my decision not to play.”
ESPN’s NBA Draft package on Sharpe following his selection also hinted at Sharpe’s element of mystery as a player, with an Austin Powers theme.
Sharpe also said that “everything happens for a reason. So I really don’t (don’t) regret playing it. I now train for NBA teams. So I guess I did something right.”
One of the teams Sharpe worked for was the Trail Blazers.
The Athletic’s Sam Vencenie rightly mocked Sharpe as he headed to Portland in 7th overall.
Sharpe has real secondary star potential to pair with lively athletics, although of course we’ve never seen that at the collegiate level.
Fun fact! According to ESPN, Sharpe is the second-youngest Canadian top 10 pick in NBA history at 19 years and 24 days. Only RJ Barrett was younger.
8:34 p.m.: Keegan Murray (Iowa), who goes to Sacramento in 4th overall, makes way for Jaden Ivey (Purdue) in 5th to Detroit and Cade Cunningham.
The Pistons will be another must-see NBA League Pass team for me next season, although I recently moved Jerami Grant to Portland (home of former British player Eric Bledsoe). Pistons also have plenty of cap clearance, possibly to target Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton.
8:22 p.m.: The first SEC player is off the board with the #3 pick when Jabari Smith Jr. joins the Houston Rockets.
Smith played just once against Great Britain this season, amassing 29 minutes and recording 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a Jan. 22 home win over Kentucky.
Now the design is (even more) fun.
8:16 p.m.: Gonzaga Big Man Chet Holmgren goes to Oklahoma City with the #2 overall standings. Former Britain wildcat Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gains an extremely talented big man as a teammate, but Holmgren is still a player who has questions about his durability and strength at the NBA level.
Josh Giddey and SGA playing with Holmgren will make my NBA League Pass subscription worth it next season (and probably also cause a few extra losses for my Mavs who inexplicably seem to lose to the Thunder most seasons anyway).
8:11 p.m.: The #1 pick overall in the 2022 NBA draft is Duke’s Paolo Banchero for the Orlando Magic. A surprising pick given the pre-draft chatter that Banchero was expecting he would only be picked 3rd overall this afternoon.
British fans (even those unfamiliar with the rest of college basketball) will remember Banchero’s collegiate debut: a 22-point, seven-rebound performance at Madison Square Garden in a win over Kentucky.
Kentucky maintains its narrow ledge about Duke in terms of overall draft picks and first-round picks in the NBA’s two-round drafting era.
7:58 p.m.: Well, so much for a smooth and predictable start to the draft, we already had a reported deviation from the expected 1-2-3 order of Smith, Holmgren and Banchero.
Woj now reports that Paolo Banchero may go After all, No. 1 in the overall standings after Orlando.
7:40 p.m.: As the draft draws nearer, I’m sharing two of my usual mock draft resources: in-depth draft previews from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie.
Probably way too late to read all this content, but just know that O’Connor has Shaedon Sharpe at #9 after San Antonio and TyTy Washington at #25, also after San Antonio.
Vencenie has Sharpe at No. 8 with the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington at No. 20 with the Spurs (above Toronto).
7:23 p.m.: Shaedon Sharpe’s NBA draft suit is here. His suit jacket apparently features a repeating pattern of his personal brand logo. Still a clean fit and the watch on the left wrist matches well. 8/10 from me.
7:10 p.m.: TyTy Washington’s NBA draft fit can be found here. Clean and classic. 9/10 from me.
7:06 p.m.: As with most drafts, the first picks saw a clear group split at the top.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, since this morning A solid 1-2-3 draft has formed from Jabari Smith to Orlando, Chet Holmgren to Oklahoma City, and Paolo Banchero to Houston.
Nothing super shocking as this trio was expected (despite some Jaden Ivey hype) to walk off the board in the first three picks.
This would be the first time since 2017 that the top three picks of the NBA draft have all been one-and-done college freshmen.
The British take on this is former wildcat Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is likely to win the massive Holmgren as a teammate in OKC.
19 o’clock: Welcome to the Herald Leader’s NBA Draft Year in Review! Tonight’s live blog will be hosted by me, an intrepid Dallas Mavericks fan Cam Drummondthe sports department of the HL.
It’ll probably be a quiet night for my Mavs after dealing their only draft pick in the Christian Wood trade, but it’ll be a night of intrigue for former Kentucky basketball players who are expected to be in the draft or on Rand are selected to attract new players.
At least two ex-British players (a label that’s hotly disputed) are selected in tonight’s draft: Shaedon Sharpe (who, of course, never played for Britain) and TyTy Washington (a total newcomer).
Opinions about Sharpe are everywhere, considering he hasn’t competed in a traditional, organized basketball game since high school. Mock drafts have Sharpe everywhere from a lottery pick to a mid-round first pick.
Washington, a more traditional prospect with a year of college play tape, is expected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick.
Kentucky goes into the NBA draft tonight with 55 all-time first-round picks, 32 of which were drafted under current head coach John Calipari.
I’ve just cooked two giant chicken quesadillas for the celebrations and I’ll have you covered all night long as Sharpe and Washington find their first NBA homes and ex-British players in the league make new teammates who make a significant impact could the NBA landscape.
Notable among these players will be the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2nd overall), the Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox and Trey Lyles (4th overall), and the San Antonio Spurs’ Keldon Johnson (No. 9 total selection).
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This story was originally published June 23, 2022 6:59 p.m.