As the first installment in a new series, this will show some of the best prospects outside of the draft pool.
There are only 58 picks this year after the Milwaukee Bucks (#54) and Miami Heat (#55) each had to forfeit their second round picks as punishment for tampering last offseason.
The rankings here come from eight different boards being averaged together, including my own, mainstream boards like ESPN, The Athletic, and The Ringer, as well as a few more from some fellow draft nerd friends of mine. I’ll link the full boards with the conclusion of the series so as to retain the element of suspense in the meantime.
Also a quick bit of news came out Monday morning that Fort Eerie International Academy (Canada) wing Leonard Miller would withdraw from the draft and will instead join the G League Ignite.
Next year’s Ignite team already includes potential top-3 pick in 2023 Scoot Henderson as well as former Washington State big man Efe Abogidi, who could become a first round pick in ‘23. I think it’s a great fit for Miller’s development, and I expect he’ll be a lottery prospect in ‘23.
Miller came in ranked 42nd on this board, but I’ve since updated the board; i.e. Kofi Cockburn was #76 and now he’s #75, Scotty Pippen Jr. was #75 and he’s been updated to #74, etc.
Given that the Phoenix Suns don’t currently own a pick in the 2022 draft after using the first round pick in the trade to acquire Chris Paul and the second round pick to acquire Torrey Craig, this will be the most Suns-applicable part of the series — at least until the team trades back into the draft, which they seem to be at least thinking about.
So who could the Suns be looking at as undrafted free agent options?
#74: Scotty Pippen Jr. — Vanderbilt guard
#73: Ziga Samar — Fuenlabrada guard
Measurements: 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, n/a wingspan
#72: Tevin Brown — Murray State guard
Measurables: 6-4, 175, 6-9
#71: Jordan Hall — St. Joe’s point forward
Measurables: 6-8, 210, 6-9
#70: Iverson Molinar — Missouri State guard
Measurables: 6-3, 190, 6-8
#69: Fedor Zugic — ratiopharm Ulm guard
Measurables: 6-6, 185, 6-10
#68: Ron Harper Jr. — Rutgers wing
Measurables: 6-6, 240, 7-1
#67: Zvonimir Ivisic — SC Derby big
Measurables: 7-2, 220, 7-4
#66: Karlo Matkovic — Mega Basket forward
Measurables: 6-10, 220, n/a
#65: Vince Williams Jr. — VCU wing
Measurables: 6-6, 210, 7-0
#64: Dereon Seabron — NC State wing
Measurables: 6-6, 210, 6-9
#63: Julian Champagnie — St. John’s wing
Measurables: 6-8, 210, 6-10
#62: Yannick Nzosa — Unicaja Malaga big
Measurables: 6-10, 195, 7-6
#61: Trevion Williams — Purdue forward
Measurables: 6-9, 265, 7-3
#60: Dominick Barlow — Overtime Elite forward
Measurables: 6-10, 220, 7-3
#59: Michael Foster — G League Ignite
Measurables: 6-8, 250, 7-0
Which option stands out to you as one you’d like the Suns to bring in for a summer league tryout and potentially a two-way contract, or even a guaranteed contract?
Stay tuned as we continue to unveil the aggregated board with picks 45-58 — the back half of the second round — coming up next!