2022 NBA Draft underclassmen decision tracker: Arizona star Bennedict Mathurin declares after breakout season


The offseason in college basketball is officially in full swing. With a champion crowned, there are already more than 1,200 players on the transfer portal and a strong contingent of the sport’s top talent has formally declared for this year’s draft well before the looming 11 a.m. registration deadline. :59 p.m. ET on April 24.

In fact, nearly half of the top 60 talents on the CBS Sports Big Board have formally declared for the draft and four of the top 10 to start. The names continue to grow as we get closer to the deadline. Jabari Smith, Jaden Ivey and Johnny Davis, the top five prospects on our board, entered their names in the draft after the 2021-22 seasons. Kentucky guard TyTy Washington is also now in the mix after a brief stint in Lexington. Together, they join a growing list of potential first-rounders already testing the draft process that includes Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin, Ohio State’s EJ Liddell, Iowa’s Keegan Murray and LSU’s Tari Eason. Veteran statesmen like Gonzaga’s Drew Timme and Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis are also testing the waters and leaving the return to college wide open.

More freshman talent is likely to join this roster soon in the coming days and weeks ahead of the April 24 declaration deadline. However, with so many top talents playing deep in the NCAA Tournament this year, like KU’s Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun or Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams and AJ Griffin, it could be later decisions to quit in the process. After all, Kansas didn’t have their championship parade until Sunday, they had other things on their minds.

As the list grows, we will continue with this updated tracker to give you a full scope of what the preliminary landscape looks like before this summer. Keep in mind that not only is this list expected to grow, but freshmen who declare, even if they sign with an agent, are still eligible to return to college. The withdrawal deadline this year is nearly a month after the merge, scheduled for 5 pm ET on June 13.

Freshmen on the NBA Draft Big Board

Other early participants

  • Justyn Mutts, Virginia Tech
  • Jordan Walker, UAB
  • Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
  • Alondes Williams, Wake Forest
  • Jake LaraviaWake Forest
  • Johni Broome, Morehead State
  • David Williamson, Wake Forest
  • James Akinjo, Baylor
  • Jaylin Williams, Arkansas
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
  • Drew Timme, Gonzaga
  • Teddy Allen, State of New Mexico
  • Adonis Arms, Texas Tech
  • Cole Swider, Syracuse
  • Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State
  • Kevin McCullar, Texas Tech
  • Keion BrooksKentucky
  • Au’this Toney, Arkansas
  • Gabe Brown, Michigan State
  • David Roddy, Colorado State
  • Lester Quinones, Memphis
  • Vince Williams, VCU
  • Kyle Foster, Howard
  • Marcus Bingham Jr., Michigan State
  • Trevion Williams, Purdue
  • Marcus Sasser, Houston
  • Justin Minaya, Providence
  • Antonio Duruji, Florida
  • Jaden Shackelford Alabama
  • Isiah Mobley, Missouri
  • Isaiah Mobley, USC
  • Osun Osunniyi, Saint Bonaventure
  • Courtney Ramey, Texas
  • Taze Moore, Houston
  • Tyrese Martin, University of Connecticut
  • Justin Bean, Utah
  • peter kiss, bryant
  • Tyler BurtonRichmond
  • Kenneth Lofton, Louisiana coach
  • Nijel Packet, State of Kansas
  • Jordan Hall, San Jose
  • Nate Roberts, Washington
  • Jaden Jones Rutgers
  • Ryan Terell, Yeshiva University

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