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NBA Draft 2022: Ex-scout reveals who he thinks is the best prospect, compares him to Ja Morant

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With just one day in the 2022 NBA Draft, the top pick options for this year’s event are still open.

Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Auburn’s Jabari Smith, and Duke’s Paolo Banchero could all be number one overall when Orlando Magic goes to work on Thursday.

One of the former NBA scouts believes Purdue’s outstanding Jaden Ivey is the best player in the draft.

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“I think Jaden Ivey is the number one choice,” Michael Vandegard, who worked as a Philadelphia 76ers scout for 18 years, told Fox News Digital in a recent interview.

Paddew boiler maker Jaden Ivey # 23 dribbles the ball against Texas Longhorns during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Fiserv Forum on March 20, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To do.
(Ben Solomon via Getty Images / NCAA Photo)

“Jaden Ivey is everything (Memphis Grizzlies guard) Ja Morant was the same age, but he’s big, long, and athletic, and Ja Morant may be a freak. Say Ivey … and he shot it. He dramatically improved every aspect of the game. He’s much closer to the Russell Westbrook and Ja Morant I’ve ever seen. I Absolutely loves him.

“I would pick him first and obviously look forward to being in the top five, but if you’re looking at first, you’re definitely 100% considering him today. Jaden today. I had to say Ivey. (No.) If you were staring at 2 or 3, you could be chosen there. Even if (Oklahoma City Thunder) took him in 2, I would I’m not shocked. Wherever I go, I think I have the chance to be the absolute best player on both sides of the floor. He’s the most dynamic athlete in this draft bar. “

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Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant # 12 will face the Golden State Warriors in the second half of the third game of the NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at Chase Center on May 7, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant # 12 will face the Golden State Warriors in the second half of the third game of the NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at Chase Center on May 7, 2022 in San Francisco, California.
(Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)

Ivy was the Consensus 2nd Team All-American and 1st Team All-Big Ten Conference in 2022, following its second season with boilermakers. He played 36 games and averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists before deciding to become a pro.

Holmgren, Smith and Banchero also had solid careers at their respective schools.

The 7-foot Holmgren was the 2022 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game. He is ranked at the top of several simulated drafts.

Smith won the Weimantisdale Award in 2022 as the best freshman male basketball player. He finished his lonely year at Auburn with an average of 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Paddew boiler maker Jaden Ivey # 23 defeated Texas Longhorns 81-71 in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Fiserv Forum on March 20, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Celebrate with Assistant Coach Terrison.

Paddew boiler maker Jaden Ivey # 23 defeated Texas Longhorns 81-71 in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Fiserv Forum on March 20, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Celebrate with Assistant Coach Terrison.
(Patrick McDermott / Getty Images)

Banchero was the 2022 ACC Rookie of the Year. Duke averaged 17.2 points per match, rebounded 7.8 and assisted 3.2.

Vandegard added that Shaedon Sharpe thought he could grow into a formidable NBA player. He was a five-star shooting guard when he graduated early to play in Kentucky. But he didn’t play the game for Wildcats, so he decided to become a professional.

“There are some really high-level people,” he told Fox News Digital. “I even went to Shaedon Sharpe. I’ve met him for the past three years. He’s a little wildcard. But when I met him two years ago and did some reconnaissance. , What do I tell you he, he was the closest to Kobe Bryant I saw as a third year high school student. I absolutely love him. (But) some big question marks We have never seen the highest level of play, but I absolutely love him. “

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As a potential underdog choice, Van degard mentioned Caleb Houstan as a potential solid pick in the second half of the first round. He played 34 freshman games in Michigan, averaging 10.1 points and 4 rebounds per game.

“I’m not an elite athlete,” Vandegard said of Hustan. To be a much better player “

Kentucky Wildcats Shadeon Sharp # 21 will face the Florida Gators at the Rupp Arena on February 12, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Kentucky Wildcats Shadeon Sharp # 21 will face the Florida Gators at the Rupp Arena on February 12, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky.
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The draft is set to start at 8 pm ET at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the net. The draft will be broadcast on ESPN.

Van degard has been quitting basketball for a while, but he has joined a handful of former coaches. I participated in CoachTube.. The digital platform provides online sports coaching and training from people who were experts in their respective fields.

Vandegarde told FoxNews Digital that he has received a lot of good feedback from the people who use it.

“It’s great. I think coaches really like to bring their name out. Obviously, the world has changed over the last eight to ten years. Previously selling videos at Wal-Mart on the shelves. I had to do it, but now everything has moved. In the digital age, the feedback was great. “

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“I don’t think gym facilities or elite level training are available to people living in certain parts of the world, or in certain parts of the United States, and I think CoachTube really fits that gap. . “

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