This could be the first draft with young talent coming straight from high school since the early 2000's. Emoni Bates is the big prize but plenty of promising talent fills this first look at the first round. Zaire Wade son of NBA legend Dwyane Wade also joins the lottery.
1. Emoni Bates- SF - HT: 6-8 1/2 - WT: 175 - WING: 6-9 - FROM: Yipsilanti, MI - HS so.
Bates plays like a laboratory experiment combined Lebron James with Kevin Durant. It's hard to name a weakness, three level scorer with elite physical tools could easily be a NBA superstar.
2. Jonathan Kuminga- SF - HT: 6-8 - WT: 217 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Huntington, WV (Congo) - HS jr. Kuminga has an advanced feel for the game and is an elite scorer with good passing instincts.
3. Adrian Griffin Jr-SF - HT: 6-6 - WT: 200 - WING: 7-0 - HSjr.
Talented bruising forward with a strong post game and good basketball IQ.
4. Chet Holmgren C - HT: 6-11 1/2 - WT: 183 -WING: 7-3 1/2 - FROM: Minneapolis, MN - HSjr.
5. Patrick Baldwin Jr. SF - HT: 6-10 - WT: 200 - WING: NA - FROM: Sussex, WI - HSjr.
6. Paulo Ranchero PF - HT: 6-9 - WT: 242 - WING: 6-10 - FROM: Seattle, WA - HSjr.
7. Jalen Duran C - HT: 6-9 1/2- WT: 228 - WING: 7-5 - FROM: Philadelphia, PA (Roman Catholic) - HSso.
8. Jabari Smith Jr HT: 6-8 - WT: 190 - WING: NA - FROM: Tyrone, GA- HSjr.
9. Cam Thomas SG - HT: 6-3 - WT: 175 - WING: NA - FROM: LSU - HSsr.
10. Zaire Wade PG 6-2 175 Wing NA American Heritage SO
As many son's of NBA legends can testify to being in your father's spotlight provides expectations, challenges and opportunity. Zaire Wade is no stranger to this world. Currently a 3 star prospect per 247 sports the younger Wade has some real flaws to his game that still need to be addressed.
Zaire Wade is 6'3" Point Guard with a strong first step , excellent shooting touch and good court vision. Zaire does lack driving and finishing ability with his off hand. This is one of his major flaws that still needs work.
We project Zaire Wade to have solid NBA starter potential and to be a likely mid 1st round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.