The draft is fast approaching and the league’s franchises are going as far as to grab some nuggets. One of them would be squarely on the shelves of the Lakers and Brooklyn… However, he is by no means one of the best prospects in this class.
Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Bird: The big names in the 2022 draft are clearly determined and there’s little chance of seeing them land outside the Top 5. On the other hand, it’s a bit vaguer back this year. being the class relatively homogeneous. Some profiles can intrigue and adapt to many teams, which means they sometimes fight to secure a player’s services…even if it means setting up trades on the night of the event.
This could be the case again next July, even in the second round, as some big players are sometimes lost earlier. Remember that the reigning double MVP, Nikola Jokic, was chosen in the 41st position! On a smaller scale, there are also athletes like Izaiah Brockington who could make their mark on the NBA in the future. In fact, the young fullback will be tested by half of the franchises in the league, including Los Angeles and Brooklyn, according to Basketballnews.com. A lot of people do!
Izaiah Brockington followed by half the league before the draft
After doing a workout for the Atlanta Hawks, the list of teams interested in Brockington grows. According to sources, the Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets are the next teams to show interest in him and five other teams. have asked to schedule practices during Tandem Pro Day on Friday.
Brockington isn’t one of the big names in this draft, and the projections aren’t necessarily reassuring for him. NBADraft.net sees him selected in the 60th and last position, while scouting live he thinks he’s going to be totally snubbed by the franchises. It must be said that his trajectory has not been the most evident, going through less than three universities. It’s no wonder his rating is so low, especially since now that he’s 22, his room for improvement seems limited.
But then how to explain the sudden interest of so many teams? In fact, 2021-22 has been a blessing for the player, individually and collectively. Under the colors of Iowa State, he shot close to 17 points, 7 rebounds and more than an average interception, while leading his team to the eighth finals of the NCAA playoffs. He then demonstrated true leadership qualities as well as strong athletic qualities. Enough to get the attention of explorers:
Izaiah Brockington will forgo his remaining eligibility at Iowa State and declare for the 2022 NBA draft, he told ESPN. The All-Big 12 first-team member and newcomer of the year led the No. 11-seeded Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 tournament. Highlights: pic.twitter.com/uIAFk8fCAZ
—Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) March 28, 2022
Izaiah Brockington probably isn’t the future ROY, but he’s intriguing enough to catch the eye of big franchises like the Lakers or Nets. However, it will be tough for the Pourpres et Ors, who have no draft choice this year. Therefore, they run the risk of having to negotiate for him.