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There is only one day left until the 2022 NBA Draft, and the top pick options for this year’s event are still at hand.
Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Auburn’s Jabari Smith and Duke’s Paolo Panchero are all among those who could take first overall when the Orlando Magic race begins on Thursday.
A former NBA scout believes Purdue’s outstanding Jaden Ivey is the best player in the draft.
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“I think the guy I’d pick at number one is Jaden Ivey,” Michael Vandegaard, who has served as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers for 18 years, told Fox News Digital in a recent interview.
“Jaden Ivey is everything (the Memphis Grizzlies keeper) was a Ja Morant and was the same age except he’s bigger, taller, he might be more athletic and an eccentric Ja Morant. I’m telling you Jaden Ivey…and he’s fired a lot better this year. He’s improved Great every aspect of this game. It’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a Russell Westbrook or Ja Morant. I absolutely love it.
“I’d consider him a first pick, and I’d be excited to take him, obviously a top five, but if I was staring at number one, I’d totally consider him. And if I had to pick today, I’d say Jaden Ivey. If I’m staring at (#2) Or 3, he might be picked in there. It wouldn’t shock me if I took him (Oklahoma City Thunder) in the second. I think no matter where you get (his) you’ll get a chance ever with the best player on both ends of the earth, the most dynamic athlete in the world. This tow bar is for nothing.”
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Ivey was a consensus on the second-team All-American and first-team All-Ten Conference in 2022 after his second season with Boilermakers. He played in 36 games and averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists before deciding to become a professional.
Holmgren, Smith, and Panchereau also had strong jobs in their schools.
The 7-foot-tall Holmgren was the top defensive player in the 2022 West Coast Conference with an average of 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game. It has been ranked at the top of some dummy drafts.
Wayman Tisdale Award-winning Smith was named best junior men’s basketball player in 2022. He finished his only year at Auburn with 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds on average per game.
Banchero was this year’s 2022 ACC Rookie winner. He averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for Duke
Vandegaard added that he believes Shydon Sharp can develop into a formidable player in the NBA. He was a five-star goalkeeper when he came out early to play for Kentucky. However, he did not play Wildcats and decided to become a professional.
“There are some really high-profile people out there,” he told Fox News Digital. “I’ve even been to Sheldon Sharp. I’ve seen it for the last three years. It’s just a wildcard. But I’ll tell you what, when I saw it a couple of years ago and did some exploring. It was the only thing I saw in the closet of Kobe Bryant when I was a kid in high school.” I absolutely love him. (But) there are some major question marks. We haven’t seen him play at the highest level, but I absolutely love this kid.”
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As a potential under-election, Vandegaard mentioned Caleb Hustan as a potential strong pick later in the first round. He played in 34 games as a freshman in Michigan, averaging 10.1 points and 4 rebounds per game.
“Not an elite athlete,” Vandegarde said of Houstan, “but he was an elite shooter in high school for many years. He didn’t have an elite season maybe in Michigan but sometimes some of these guys who were amazing in high school turned out to be much better players.” “.
The draft is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the home of the Nets. The draft will be broadcast on ESPN.
While Vandegarde has been out of basketball for a while, he’s joined forces with a handful of former coaches who have joined CoachTube. The digital platform provides online sports coaching and coaching from those who have been experts in their respective fields.
Vandegarde told Fox News Digital that he’s gotten a lot of good feedback from those who use it.
“It was great. I think the coaches really loved getting their names out there. The world has obviously changed in the last eight to ten years. You used to sell videos at Walmart on the shelves, now everything is moving into a digital age and the feedback has been great” .
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“I think for someone who lives in a certain part of the world or even a certain part of the United States, you don’t have access to elite level gym and training facilities. And I think CoachTube really fits that void.”