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The college basketball season gets underway with the Champions Classic, which tips-off at 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 9, Tuesday

It’s still early days in the NBA’s 2021-22 season but the scouting departments of NBA franchises have their eyes set on the upcoming talent. 

So, once the Draft is wrapped up, it’s never too early for a Mock Draft for the ensuing year. 

2022 NBA MOCK DRAFT: Top players to watch as college season tips-off

Who leads the early race for 2022 NBA Draft No. 1 pick? 

As per the Mock Draft by Sporting News’ Draft Expert Kyle Irving, Duke’s Paolo Banchero leads the early race for the No. 1 pick of the 2022 NBA Draft. 

Here’s an excerpt from Irving’s Mock Draft on Banchero’s skills: 

He’s powerful inside with elite athleticism, but can also step out to the perimeter on both sides of the ball, displaying switchability on defense and a soft shooting touch on offense.

A five-star prospect who was ranked No. 4 in the 2021 class, Banchero received scholarship offers from multiple NCAA Division I programs like Duke and Kentucky. Most recruiting analysts predicted him committing to Washington, however, he joined Duke’s 2021 recruiting class. 

Here’s a look at the other top candidates from the Sporting News’ 2022 Mock Draft: 

  Player Year, College Height/Position
1. Paolo Banchero Freshman, Duke 6-foot-10/Power Forward
2. Chet Holmgren Freshman, Gonzaga 7-foot-1/Center
3. Jalen Duren Freshman, Memphis 6-foot-10/Center
4. Jaden Hardy G Leauge Ignite 6-foot-4/Guard
5. Patrick Baldwin Jr. Freshman, Milwaukee 6-foot-9/Forward
6. Caleb Houstan Freshman, Michigan 6-foot-8/Forward
7. Peyton Watson Freshman, UCLA 6-foot-8/Forward
8. Jabari Smith Jr. Freshman, Auburn 6-foot-10/Forward
9. AJ Griffin Freshman, Duke 6-foot-6/Forward
10. Yannick Nzosa Unicaja (Liga ACB) 6-foot-11Center

Who is Paolo Banchero? 

Banchero is an Italian-American 6-foot-10 forward, who was born Seattle, Washington on Nov. 12, 2002. 

Early on, he played both basketball and football as he ranked among the top 50 eighth-graders nationally in both sports while also participating in Track. He went to high school at  O’Dea High School in Seattle where he played basketball and football (as the back-up quarterback). 

MORE: How to watch all of Banchero’s games this season

He went on to be named to the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic rosters. Banchero picked up basketball, drawing inspiration from his mother Rhonda, who played professionally and was a third-round selection in the 2000 WNBA Draft. 

When is the 2022 NBA Draft? 

After three years, the NBA Draft is back where it belongs on the NBA schedule — in the last week of June, just days after a possible Game 7 of the NBA Finals. 

MORE: Key Dates for NBA’s 2021-22 season

The 2022 NBA Draft is scheduled for Jun. 23, 2022. 

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Full list of former No. 1 picks of the NBA Draft

There’s plenty of time to go but if Banchero does get picked No. 1 overall, here’s the list of players he would join: 

Year Selected by Player Nationality School/club
2021 Detroit Pistons Cade Cunningham USA Oklahoma State
2020 Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards USA Georgia
2019 New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson USA Duke
2018 Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton Bahamas Arizona
2017 Philadelphia 76ers Markelle Fultz USA Washington
2016 Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons Australia LSU
2015 Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Dominican Republic Kentucky
2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins Canada Kansas
2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Anthony Bennett Canada UNLV
2012 New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis USA Kentucky
2011 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving USA Duke
2010 Washington Wizards John Wall USA Kentucky
2009 Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin USA Oklahoma
2008 Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose USA Memphis
2007 Portland Trail Blazers Greg Oden USA Ohio State
2006 Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani Italy Benetton Treviso
2005 Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Bogut Australia Utah
2004 Orlando Magic Dwight Howard USA SACA
2003 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James USA St. Vincent-St. Mary
2002 Houston Rockets Yao Ming China Shanghai Sharks
2001 Washington Wizards Kwame Brown USA Glynn Academy HS
2000 New Jersey Nets Kenyon Martin USA Cincinnati
1999 Chicago Bulls Elton Brand USA Duke
1998 Los Angeles Clippers Michael Olowokandi Nigeria Pacific
1997 San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan USA Wake Forest
1996 Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson USA Georgetown
1995 Golden State Warriors Joe Smith USA Maryland
1994 Milwaukee Bucks Glenn Robinson USA Purdue
1993 Orlando Magic Chris Webber USA Michigan
1992 Orlando Magic Shaquille O’Neal USA LSU
1991 Charlotte Hornets Larry Johnson USA UNLV
1990 New Jersey Nets Derrick Coleman USA Syracuse
1989 Sacramento Kings Pervis Ellison USA Louisville
1988 Los Angeles Clippers Danny Manning USA Kansas
1987 San Antonio Spurs David Robinson USA Navy
1986 Cleveland Cavaliers Brad Daugherty USA North Carolina
1985 New York Knicks Patrick Ewing USA Georgetown
1984 Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon Nigeria Houston
1983 Houston Rockets Ralph Sampson USA Virginia
1982 Los Angeles Lakers James Worthy USA North Carolina
1981 Dallas Mavericks Mark Aguirre USA DePaul
1980 Golden State Warriors Joe Barry Carroll USA Purdue
1979 Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson USA Michigan State
1978 Portland Trail Blazers Mychal Thompson Bahamas Minnesota
1977 Milwaukee Bucks Kent Benson USA Indiana
1976 Houston Rockets John Lucas USA Maryland
1975 Atlanta Hawks David Thompson USA NC State
1974 Portland Trail Blazers Bill Walton USA UCLA
1973 Philadelphia 76ers Doug Collins USA Illinois State
1972 Portland Trail Blazers LaRue Martin USA Loyola (Illinois)
1971 Cleveland Cavaliers Austin Carr USA Notre Dame
1970 Detroit Pistons Bob Lanier USA St. Bonaventure
1969 Milwaukee Bucks Lew Alcindor USA UCLA
1968 San Diego Rockets Elvin Hayes USA Houston
1967 Detroit Pistons Jimmy Walker USA Providence
1996 New York Knicks Cazzie Russell USA Michigan
1965 San Francisco Warriors Fred Hetzel USA Davidson
1964 New York Knicks Jim Barnes USA Texas Western
1963 New York Knicks Art Heyman USA Duke
1962 Chicago Zephyrs Bill McGill USA Utah
1961 Chicago Packers Walt Bellamy USA Indiana
1960 Cincinnati Royals Oscar Robertson USA Cincinnati
1959 Cincinnati Royals Bob Boozer USA Kansas State
1958 Minneapolis Lakers Elgin Baylor USA Seattle
1957 Cincinnati Royals Rod Hundley USA West Virginia
1956 Rochester Royals Sihugo Green USA Duquesne
1955 Milwaukee Bucks Dick Ricketts USA Duquesne
1954 Baltimore Bullets Frank Selvy USA Furman
1953 Baltimore Bullets Ray Felix USA Long Island
1952 Milwaukee Hawks Mark Workman USA West Virginia
1951 Baltimore Bullets Gene Melchiorre USA Bradley
1950 Boston Celtics Charlies Share USA Bowling Green
1949 Providence Steamrollers Howie Shannon USA Kansas State
1948 Providence Steamrollers Andy Tonkovich USA Marshall
1947 Pittsburgh Ironmen Clifton McNeeley USA Texas Wesleyan



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