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2022 NBA Draft

Event: Thursday, June 23
TV: 4:30 PT / 5:30 MT on ESPN & ABC
Barclays Center | Brooklyn, NY

Previewing where Pac-12 stars may land in the 2022 NBA Draft

Jun 22, 2022

After a dominant season that saw Arizona men’s basketball earn the Pac-12 regular-season title, Pac-12 Tournament championship, and a No. 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats are expected to have another strong showing at the 2022 NBA Draft.

Led by a potential lottery-pick in Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona is likely to have three players selected in the draft.

But it won’t only be Wildcats who hear their names called on Thursday. Players from UCLA, Colorado, USC could all be selected in the two-round draft. With just two days to go, here is a breakdown of where draft experts expect talent from Pac-12 programs to land.

Find out where these Pac-12 stars are headed when the 2022 NBA Draft gets underway in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, June 23 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN.

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Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report

Kyle Irvin, Sporting News

Bryan Kalbrosky, USAToday

Krysten Peek, Yahoo Sports

Sam Vecenie, The Athletic

Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

No. 6 overall, Indiana Pacers

No. 8 overall, New Orleans Pelicans

No. 13 overall, Charlotte Hornets

No. 7 overall, Portland Trailblazers

No. 6 overall, Indiana Pacers

Dalen Terry, Arizona

No. 20 overall, San Antonio Spurs

No. 26 overall, Houston Rockets

No. 27 overall, Miami Heat

No. 20 overall, San Antonio Spurs

No. 22, overall, Memphis Grizzlies

Christian Koloko, Arizona

No. 36 overall, Portland Trailblazers

No. 28 overall, Golden State Warriors

No. 44 overall, Atlanta Hawks

No. 45 overall, Charlotte Hornets

No. 46 overall, Detroit Pistons

Peyton Watson, UCLA

No. 51 overall, Golden State Warriors

No. 38 overall, San Antonio Spurs

No. 33 overall, Toronto Raptors

No. 33 overall,Toronto Raptors

No. 42 overall, New York Knicks

Jabari Walker, Colorado

No. 57 overall, Golden State Warriors

No. 53 overall, Boston Celtics


No. 57 overall, Golden State Warriors

No. 50 overall, Minnesota Timberwolves

Bennedict Mathurin, Guard — Arizona

Mathurin is a lock to go in the first round, with experts expecting him to be a top-10 pick. The 19-year-old was one of the 11 initial invitees to the NBA draft green room, meaning the NBA higher ups fully expect him to be taken early.

Mathurin averaged 17.7 points per game for the Wildcats last season and finished his college career with a Stephen Curry-esque 38.3% three point percentage. The 6-foot-6 guard also proved he could rise to the occasion, scoring 27 points to close out UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship game and notching 30 points in the Wildcats’ overtime win over TCU in the NCAA Tournament.

Most importantly for NBA teams, Mathurin is polished enough to contribute immediately at the next level. He is unlikely to be available after the draft’s first half hour.

Dalen Terry, Guard — Arizona

Dalen Terry is the biggest draft riser in the Pac-12, if not the biggest riser in the entire draft class. At one point, Terry was considered a fringe first-round prospect. But after a number of strong workouts, the 19-year-old is a consensus pick to go in the first round. 

If Terry is taken toward the backend of the first round, he could find himself contributing immediately for a team with championship aspirations.

Chrisitan Koloko, Center - Arizona

Koloko, a 7-foot-1 center, is the third member of Arizona’s championship team expected to be taken at the draft. Most experts think Koloko will go toward the beginning of the second round but there is a good chance he could join Terry and Mathurin in the first round.

Like Terry, Koloko could end up being taken by a team looking to win now.

Peyton Watson, Guard — UCLA

Playing on a veteran Bruins squad, Peyton Watson did not get the polish that the other players on this list did. Still, the 19-year-old’s potential will make some team jump at the chance to take him. Coming off the bench, Watson flashed the sort of talent that can’t be passed up by NBA scouts. Watson is expected to be taken somewhere towards the second round.

Jabari Walker, Forward — Colorado

Walker's ability to rebound, score, and hit threes from the forward position should make him a valuable role player for an NBA team.

Johnny Juzang (UCLA) and Isaiah Mobley (USC)

Juzang and Mobley were the beating hearts of their respective teams for multiple seasons. Both players excelled on the court and as leaders in the clubhouse. Both brought their squads to back-to-back NCAA tournaments. Whether or not they get taken at the draft, each player has the pedigree, athleticism, and mindset that NBA teams covet.