Following the Bruins’ Sweet 16 exit from March Madness, the notice has now shifted to the players and their looming selections on whether to enter the 2022 NBA Draft.
UCLA men’s basketball (27-8, 15-5 Pac-12) returned Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Johnny Juzang from their 2021 Closing Four squad and added five-star guard/ahead Peyton Watson to the mix in their most current campaign. However, following falling short in contrast to their lofty pre-time anticipations, all 3 of the Bruins’ NBA prospects have been projected by just one outlet or one more to be drafted in the future NBA Draft.
Jaquez, Juzang and Watson are eligible to return to coach Mick Cronin’s squad for the 2022-2023 year but could opt to be a part of the specialist ranks alternatively – foregoing their faculty eligibility.
Right here is where analysts from about the country have projected where UCLA players will or will not be chosen:
Jaime Jaquez Jr: N/A
Johnny Juzang: N/A
Peyton Watson N/A
The risk that the Bruins have zero NBA prospective clients chosen is unquestionably a predicament that could just take spot in June.
Juzang held preseason and midseason draft stock, but as the time transpired, the 6-foot-7 wing struggled to continue to be reliable from the discipline. While his standard time studies were identical in his sophomore and junior a long time, Juzang was unable to go out on a higher take note in March like he did in 2021.
Next time could pretty nicely see Jaquez and Watson return to higher education to raise their projected draft placement, and the arrival of the former’s sister – Gabriela Jaquez – to UCLA women’s basketball’s roster may see the sibling duo want to both engage in at Pauley Pavilion right before leaving for the NBA.
Jaime Jaquez Jr.: No. 40 San Antonio Spurs
Peyton Watson: No. 44 Charlotte Hornets
Johnny Juzang: N/A
In this mock draft, UCLA has two players picked and practically again-to-again as effectively. Jaquez and Watson both have been projected into the next spherical and would most likely earn whole NBA or two-way contracts really should they be picked in that vary.
The ceiling of prospective that Watson carries is even now significant when viewing how scouts perceive his expertise, but Jaquez ought to be found as an all-all-around talent, closer to his correct, last talent degree.
Second-spherical projections can be hit or miss and both player could transfer larger up into the initially round if they have been to consider element in the NBA Draft Mix.
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Jaime Jaquez Jr.: No. 53 Washington Wizards
Johnny Juzang: No. 58 Golden Point out Warriors
Peyton Watson: N/A
In the only a single of the four mock drafts that has Juzang remaining selected, the Bruins’ sharpshooter could be coming into a helpful beginning level must it come to be actuality.
The Golden State Warriors have been identified for their 3-stage excellence in the past 10 years – relying on the taking pictures prowess of Stephen Curry and Pac-12 merchandise Klay Thompson. An ecosystem exactly where the eco-friendly light-weight to shoot is inspired may perhaps let Juzang to start off his qualified vocation as a noteworthy role participant.
Corey Kispert is now a element of the Washington Wizards’ rotation, both as a starter or sixth-gentleman. If Jaquez have been to be part of their team, the former Gonzaga 3-point specialist could facial area competition from the player he was matched up versus in the Last 4.
Jaime Jaquez Jr: No. 52 Washington Wizards (by way of DAL)
Peyton Watson: N/A (To Return)
Johnny Juzang: N/A
Comparable to the prior mock draft, the Wizards are projected to pick Jaquez. But what For The Acquire’s mock draft also focuses on is a group of players they consider will return.
Kalbroksy states that Watson and four other prospects were not bundled in his projection. His reasoning points out the conclusion:
“It’s not simply because I’d at any time assume them to go undrafted. As an alternative, it’s since I believe they will inevitably determine to use yet another calendar year of their eligibility to possibly improve their draft stock.”
If Watson were being to return, he could boost his profile into the initially round and even as a probable lottery decide. Krysten Peek from Yahoo Sporting activities integrated the Bruins’ freshman as the No. 14 total select in her Way-As well-Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft – displaying that authorities from close to the nation could by now search at Watson as an NBA prospect for 2023 alternatively than 2022.
Juzang, on the other hand, is projected to go undrafted.
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