UCLA's 2022 NBA Draft Primer, News and Notes
The 2022 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 23, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (New York), and three UCLA student-athletes could be selected in the two-round draft format.
Senior Jules Bernard, junior Johnny Juzang and freshman Peyton Watson are all eligible to be selected on Thursday evening.
The NBA Draft will begin at approximately 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) and will be nationally televised on ABC and ESPN. The draft's first round (30 selections) will air live on ABC, while television coverage will shift to ESPN for the second round (28 selections).
Since 1947, the UCLA men's basketball program has produced 121 all-time draft selections, including 41 first-round picks. UCLA's program has had at least one player selected in 20 of the last 25 NBA Drafts (spanning 1997 through 2021). The Bruins have logged 35 draft picks over the past 25 seasons.
UCLA ranks No. 2 among all colleges and universities with 121 total NBA Draft selections. Kentucky leads the country with 136 total selections. Standing behind Kentucky and UCLA are North Carolina (116 selections) and Duke (101 selections).
UCLA guard Jaylen Hands was the most recent Bruin to be selected in the NBA Draft (2019). Hands was a second round selection (No. 56 overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers and immediately traded to the Brooklyn Nets. UCLA guard Aaron Holiday was the latest Bruin to be chosen in the draft's first round (2018). Holiday, a three-year standout at UCLA, was selected No. 23 overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 2018 NBA Draft. He concluded the 2021-22 NBA season playing for the Phoenix Suns.
In June 2014, UCLA was the only program in the nation to have produced at least three first-round draft picks (Zach LaVine, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson). No college program had produced three or more first-round selections since 2012, when Kentucky had four first-round picks. Only once before in school history (1979) had UCLA produced at least three first-round draft selections.
More recently, the Bruins had a pair of first-round selections in 2017 with Lonzo Ball (No. 2, Los Angeles Lakers) and TJ Leaf (No. 18, Indiana Pacers). In all, four former UCLA players were selected in the 2017 NBA Draft with Ball, Leaf, Jonah Bolden (No. 36) and Ike Anigbogu (No. 47).
UCLA has produced multiple first-round selections in 10 NBA Drafts (1969, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1992, 1995, 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2017).
AMONG THE PAC-12 CONFERENCE
UCLA leads all Pac-12 programs with 121 overall NBA Draft selections. Following UCLA, in order, are Arizona (75), USC (63), Washington (62), Oregon (55), Oregon State (44), Utah (44), California (43), Stanford (42), Arizona State (38), Colorado (35) and Washington State (31).
The Bruins' program has produced 41 total first-round picks, the highest total among Pac-12 Conference schools. Arizona ranks second with 25 total first-round draft selections.
Jules Bernard, a senior from Los Angeles, played in 130 games over four seasons (65 starts). He averaged 12.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in all 35 games during his senior seasons (2021-22). Bernard concluded his collegiate career tied for the No. 43 slot on UCLA's all-time scoring list, with 1,195 career points. He scored in double figures in 57 career contests, totaling at least 20 points in seven career games. As a senior in 2021-22, Bernard scored at least 10 points in 25 of 35 contests. He averaged 11.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in nine NCAA Tournament contests. During the Bruins' NCAA Tournament run in 2021 (six games), he averaged 9.8 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game as UCLA advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
Johnny Juzang, a junior from Tarzana, Calif., played in 85 collegiate games over three seasons – 28 games as a freshman at Kentucky (2019-20) and 57 contests over his sophomore and junior years at UCLA (2020-21 and 2021-22). Juzang averaged a team-leading 16.0 points per game as a sophomore (2020-21) and a team-best 15.6 points per game as a junior (2021-22). Through nine career NCAA Tournament games, all with the Bruins, Juzang averaged 19.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. In two seasons at UCLA, Juzang averaged 15.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 57 total contests. He concluded his time at UCLA as the No. 10 all-time scorer for the Bruins in NCAA Tournament contests (174 points, nine games). Juzang was honored as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2021-22 and as a second-team all-league selection in 2020-21.
Peyton Watson, a freshman from Long Beach, Calif., played in 32 of UCLA's 35 games during the 2021-22 season. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game before securing honorable mention Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors at the conclusion of the regular season. Watson, a 6-foot-8 guard/forward who graduated from Long Beach Poly High School, ranked second on UCLA's team with 19 blocks and also tallied 19 steals.
UCLA is one of six schools to have produced at least 40 NBA Draft selections since 1989, when the draft shifted to a two-round format. The draft's current format includes two rounds of 30 selections each. The 2022 NBA Draft features 58 total picks (including 28 second-round selections), as two teams were stripped of their second-round draft selections due to tampering violations.
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