2022 NBA Draft: Where Arizona college, high school players were picked on Thursday

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MarJon Beauchamp reacts as he poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 24th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
MarJon Beauchamp reacts as he poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 24th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

There were 58 out of hundreds of players whose hoop dreams will came true when their name was called during the NBA draft at Brooklyn Nets' Barclays Center on Thursday night.

Eight college or G-League prospects selected during the first and second rounds from this year's draft class have Arizona connections.

Jan 19, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA;  Kentucky Wildcats guard TyTy Washington Jr. (3) moves the ball during the first half against the Texas A&M Aggies at Reed Arena.
Jan 19, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard TyTy Washington Jr. (3) moves the ball during the first half against the Texas A&M Aggies at Reed Arena.

Here are the teams that selected them, their Arizona connection and a short analysis of their accomplishments, skills sets and statistics this past season.

 Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana Pacers, No. 6

The 6-foot-6, 204-pound shooting guard Mathurin is a versatile wing who creates well off the dribble, and thrives playing above the rim, finishes strong in transition as well as halfcourt sets through traffic, and is a solid defender.

Mar 24, 2022; San Antonio, TX, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Bennedict Mathurin (0) drives to the basket against Houston Cougars center Josh Carlton (25) during the second half in the semifinals of the South regional of the men's college basketball NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center.
Mar 24, 2022; San Antonio, TX, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Bennedict Mathurin (0) drives to the basket against Houston Cougars center Josh Carlton (25) during the second half in the semifinals of the South regional of the men's college basketball NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center.

Mathurin was Arizona's leading scorer and second in the Pac-12 at 17.7 points per game, added 5.6 rebounds, earned the conference's Player of the Year and NCAA All-America Second Team honors.

He led Arizona to the Pac-12 title, the No. 2 ranking in USA Today Sports Top 25 poll, 33-4 record, South Region's top seed and Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament in what was expected to be a rebuilding year under first-year coach and Associated Press Coach of the Year Tommy Lloyd. They weren't ranked in the poll entering the season.

Mathurin told the media after he was drafted that he'll enjoy the opportunity facing his fellow Montreal native and former Arizona State standout Lugentz Dort, who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

"We're from the same neighborhood. I used to see him, call him my big bro," Mathurin said. "Now we're at the next level, so it's about time for me to show him who's really the big bro. Looking forward to playing against him."

More: NBA draft grades: Indiana Pacers receive high marks for Bennedict Mathurin 2022 selection

Shaedon Sharpe, Portland Trail Blazers, No. 7

Sharpe is a consensus for the biggest mystery of this draft class.

The Canadian high flyer listed at barely 6-foot-6, 200-pounds, has a seven-foot wingspan and 40-inch vertical leap.

Sharpe never played a minute off the bench for Kentucky this past season after he joined the team in January. He reclassified during his high school senior Glendale Dream City Christian during his senior year.

Shaedon Sharpe attempts a layup for Team Canada in the 2019 FIBA Americas 16U Championship.
Shaedon Sharpe attempts a layup for Team Canada in the 2019 FIBA Americas 16U Championship.

NBA scouts claim he's got major upside as an outside shooter and ball handler. The only footage scouts used to evaluate Sharpe was his elite performance in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, entering his junior and senior season before he joined DCC the latter year, and as a former member of the Canadian national team.

The Blazers are a young, rebuilding team with a lot of budding talent and made a major move on Tuesday when they traded their 2025 first-round pick and additional future draft assets for Detroit's veteran stretch-four Jerami Grant. It will be interesting to see where Sharpe fits into Portland coach Chauncey Billups' system. 

More: NBA draft grades: Portland Trail Blazers make risky pick in Shaedon Sharpe with No. 7 pick

Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City, No. 12

This year's draft had its first Valley native, Jalen Williams, picked early in the first round.

The Gilbert Perry alum Williams was picked 12th and was the Thunder's second of their three first-round picks (the first was Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren at No. 2).

The Santa Clara junior guard's stock rose out as one of this draft's biggest sleepers alongside Shaedon Sharpe. He's the first player to be drafted out of Santa Clara since Suns legend and Hall of Famer Steve Nash in 1996.

Santa Clara guard Jalen Williams (24) shoots against Saint Mary's guard Logan Johnson, left, during the second half of an NCAA semifinal college basketball game at the West Coast Conference tournament Monday, March 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt)
Santa Clara guard Jalen Williams (24) shoots against Saint Mary's guard Logan Johnson, left, during the second half of an NCAA semifinal college basketball game at the West Coast Conference tournament Monday, March 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt)

The 6-foot-6, 195-pound guard has a Mikal Bridges-like wingspan at 7-foot-2. Williams was a All-West Coast Conference First Team selection and led the Broncos in scoring and assists at 18.0 points, shot 39% from beyond the arc, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.99 assist-to-turnover ratio, and 1.2 steals per game last season.

Playing in the WCC obscured his profile, and lack of muscle is questionable. But Williams has been deemed in scouting reports as a modern NBA two-guard. He possessing stellar shooting ability from mid-range and an underrated floater, effortlessly switches speeds, length, passing acumen (led Santa Clara, high basketball IQ, and plays great in pick-and-rolls), and catches cutters well in backside defense. 

More: NBA draft grades: Did Oklahoma City Thunder reach for Jalen Williams with No. 12 pick?

Dalen Terry, Chicago Bulls, No. 18

Dalen Terry is the second Valley native besides Jalen Williams picked in the first round.

The Phoenix-born Arizona sophomore guard is a slender 6-foot-7, 195 pounds who averaged 8.0 points, shot 50.2% overall and 36.4% from the perimeter, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention and a spot on the conference's All-Defensive Team last season. His 2.84 assists-to-turnover ratio was ranked second in the Pac-12.

Mar 24, 2022; San Antonio, TX, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Dalen Terry (4) drives to the basket against Houston Cougars guard Kyler Edwards (11) during the second half in the semifinals of the South regional of the men's college basketball NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center.
Mar 24, 2022; San Antonio, TX, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Dalen Terry (4) drives to the basket against Houston Cougars guard Kyler Edwards (11) during the second half in the semifinals of the South regional of the men's college basketball NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center.

Terry attended Tempe Corona del Sol before he transferred to Gilbert Hillcrest Prep. He played alongside Deandre Ayton at the latter school during the Suns center's high school senior year in 2017.

Terry is known more for his defensive prowess disrupting passing lanes with deflections and steals and forcing turnovers in his on-ball coverage. For offense, he shot 69% when he attacked and finished the rim, has solid court vision and pushing the tempo well. 

More: NBA draft grades: Chicago Bulls get 'high upside' with Dalen Terry selection at No. 18

MarJon Beauchamp, Milwaukee Bucks, No. 24

MarJon Beauchamp was brought to joyful tears as he heard his name called by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver with the 24th pick by the Bucks.

The 6-foot-6 guard and Seattle area native had one of the longest journeys, attending four different high schools including Glendale Dream City Christian in 2019 for his senior year.

MarJon Beauchamp
MarJon Beauchamp

After he was a five-star recruit in the 2020 recruiting class, the sinewy 200-pound swingman chose an alternative route to prepare for the NBA with San Francisco-based "Hell's Trainer" Frank Mastriciano in his intense Chameleon BX training program that year. That decision eschewed opting for the NBA's G-League lucrative offer for high profile prep prospects looking to enter the NBA.

But he was ready to quit basketball altogether in 2021 after he moved back to his hometown because of the pandemic preventing him from entering gyms to continue training.

Beauchamp’s stock rose after he averaged 15.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists in 12 games played for the G-League Ignite last season.

More: NBA draft grades: Milwaukee Bucks lauded for MarJon Beauchamp selection at No. 24 in 2022

TyTy Washington, Jr., Houston Rockets, No. 29

Suns All-Star Devin Booker said Phoenix native Tyrone "TyTy" Washington Jr. is a "very special talent" when The Republic asked Booker about his fellow Kentucky product in January.

A former AZ Compass Prep and Cesar Chavez High standout Washington had a stellar freshman season as an All-SEC selection and five-time conference Freshman of the Week honoree. He was the first to reach that many of the latter honors since Booker did it himself as a one-and-done player in 2015.

Washington is heading to Houston to after being picked 29th overall after a trade for that pick from Memphis Grizzlies. He's the third Valley native to be selected and sixth Arizona-connected player overall in the first round.

The 6-foot-4, 197-pound guard was Kentucky's second-best scorer at 12.5 points per game behind National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe, ranked the same on the team in assists (3.9) and steals (1.3), third in 3-point shooting (35%), and hit 45.1% on all his shots. Washington's 17 assists in the Wildcats' Jan. 8 victory over Georgia broke former Kentucky one-and-done and Rockets All-Star John Wall's single-game assist record by one.

Washington was described during last season as one of the nation's top on-ball playmakers who shoots well in streaks from mid-range.  

Washington joins a young and highly talented Rockets team that's still learning how to win and close games, led by their backcourt Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green.

More: NBA draft grades: Houston Rockets' TyTy Washington selection at No. 29 a 'home run'

Christian Koloko, Toronto Raptors, No. 33

Arizona's 7-foot-1 senior center Christian Koloko was this past season's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year (first ever in the school's history), Most Improved Player, and First Team All-conference honors alongside his teammate Bennedict Mathurin.

Koloko tied Arizona's single-season record for blocks (102) and was a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year finalist. He averaged 12.5 points on 63.5% FG, team-high 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks, and 1.4 assists per game.

Mar 18, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Christian Koloko (35) dunks the basketball against Wright State Raiders forward Grant Basile (00) during the first half during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena.
Mar 18, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Christian Koloko (35) dunks the basketball against Wright State Raiders forward Grant Basile (00) during the first half during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena.

He's the third Arizona Wildcat taken in this draft at 33rd overall in the second round by Toronto.

Koloko is a shot-blocker who has agile footwork from his adolescent years as a former soccer player in his native Cameroon. He didn't begin playing basketball until he was in his late teens and was guided by Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen when Koloko was a former teammate of Pippen's son Scotty Pippen Jr. at prep powerhouse Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California).

Koloko will be a necessary component to the Raptors defense, as they need more size in the paint.

More: NBA draft grades: Toronto Raptors' Christian Koloko pick at No. 33 earns mixed reviews

Jabari Walker, Portland Trail Blazers, No. 57

The Trail Blazer's second pick, and the draft's second to last pick, was Colorado sophomore forward Jabari Walker, who played at AZ Compass Prep in Chandler.

He's also the eighth and last Arizona-connected player selected in the draft.

Walker's a 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward who earned All Pac-12 First Team honors after averaging 14.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, shooting 46.1% FG and 34.6 percent from three last season.

His stock rose in the NBA Combine and the pre-draft process, and is projected to adjust as more of a wing role player in the league. 

Michael Foster to 76ers

G-League Ignite's 6-foot-9 power forward and former Hillcrest Prep standout Michael Foster agreed to a free-agent deal with Philadelphia 76ers after the draft, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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