The NCAA Tournament is a great way to get a gauge on prospects heading into the NBA Draft. Last season, we saw how March Madness impacted Baylor’s Davion Mitchell, Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs and Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu when it comes to draft position. Here’s a look at the prospects who have seen their stock go up or down in the first round of the tournament in 2022.
First Round Update
Tyler Burton - Richmond
The forward finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Spiders took out No. 5 Iowa on the opening day of the tournament. Burton has the size to be a strong rotation wing player in the NBA immediately. If he and Richmond keep this run going, he could be a huge riser by the time draft night rolls around.
Hunter Dickinson - Michigan
Who said big men are out of style? Dickinson showed why he could be a contributor at the next level with 21 points and nine boards in a win over Colorado State. His most impressive stat was his four blocks, which shows his potential as a rim protector. If he keeps up this two-way play, the Michigan big man will be in demand.
Jabari Smith - Auburn
The projected top-5 pick showed why he is coveted by many NBA teams. Smith finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and four assists as Auburn took care of Jacksonville State. If Smith continues to shoot the ball well, he’ll be in contention for the top pick in the 2022 NBA draft.
Keegan Murray - Iowa
This was supposed to be Murray’s rise into the upper portion of the lottery. Even though he played fine in a loss to Richmond, this is the type of game which causes evaluators to doubt a player. Look for Murray to face some criticism with this loss, although he should still be a lottery selection.
TyTy Washington - Kentucky
The guard appeared to have a triple in overtime to keep Kentucky’s hopes alive but anytime you lose to a No. 15 seed as a No. 2 seed, you’re going to see some draft stocks fall. Washington finished the game 2-10 with five points, one assist and two rebounds. He wasn’t heavily involved in the offense and couldn’t help the Wildcats avoid an embarrassing upset. Look for Washington to fall in draft boards due to this result.
Lucas Williamson - Loyola-Chicago
Williamson was not a highly touted draft prospect but he would fit in any rotation as a fundamentally sound guard on both ends of the floor. However, this tournament performance does not help his case. Williamson went 1-10 from the floor in Loyola’s loss to Ohio State, finishing with four points. He also had three turnovers. A deep tournament run could’ve helped Williamson sneak into the late first round but now he’s a second-round selection at best.