Friday night’s epic battle between the two expected top picks of the 2022 NBA Draft – Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Duke’s Paolo Banchero – lived up to its bill not only for college basketball fans, but for the dozens of NBA assessors on hand for the clash in Las Vegas. Holmgren and Banchero both put in strong performances in Duke’s thrilling 84-81 victory, Banchero coming out strong with a 20-point performance in the first half, and Holmgren doing most of his damage in the second half and finishing with 16 points.
Who will become No. 1 in the 2022 draft? It’s a question that ESPN project reviewers Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz will continue to examine until the big night of next summer, but this week’s review of ESPN’s Top 100 shows how our experts are piling them up… for now. In addition to Holmgren and Banchero, ESPN traveled across the country to assess the prospects for the NBA in the first three weeks of the college basketball season, including a generous selection of important and revealing games from the festive week. Thanksgiving week.