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Early Evaluations of Five Top 2023 Draft Prospects

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Victor Wembanyama

By far the most sought-out prospect, Wembanyama is the crown jewel for NBA teams looking to build their future through the draft. He has been described as Rudy Gobert on defense and Kristaps Porzingis on offense. However, scouts cannot put Wembanyama in a box, because he is truly a unique player.

Scoot Henderson

The 6'3" guard bypassed collegiate hoops in favor of the NBA G League Ignite. He finished the 2021–22 season with averages of 14 points, five rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 43.6% from the field, 17.4% from three, and 77.8% from the free-throw line.

Dariq Whitehead

Whitehead is a 6'6" wing committed to Duke, and he has plenty of upside as a 3&D player. A possible one-and-done, Whitehead is a gifted scorer who showed his prowess throughout high school. During his senior year at Montverde Academy, he averaged 17.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game en route to earning Naismith High School Player of the Year honors and being selected for the McDonald’s All-American game.

Cameron Whitmore

So far, these prospects have a theme of being above-the-rim players. Whitmore, a Villanova commit, has been described as a “powerhouse of an athlete” and “one of the most powerful dunkers in his class” by NBA Draft Room. At 6'7" and 220 pounds, the combo forward’s athleticism is clearly a plus in his game.

Nick Smith

Finally, Nick Smith is a relatively underrated prospect on the college basketball scene, but one look at his highlights and accolades will make you realize why he’s mocked as a top-five prospect. The 6'5" combo guard has a 6'9" wingspan and an array of moves that make him an offensive threat.

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Jordan Pagkalinawan

Top Writer in NBA & Sports. Student journalist & podcaster. Social media manager at PerThirtySix & contributor for Last Word on Hoops & YRMedia. Emerson ’26.