Aggregate NBA mock draft 3.0: Jabari Smith leaps ahead of Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren for No. 1

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The best prospects in the world are all competing for the top spot in the 2022 NBA draft and it is hard to sort how everyone is stacking up.

In order to help us get a better sense of where all of the projected top prospects in the class stand as of right now, we compiled mock drafts from Draft Express (ESPN), Aran Smith (NBADraft.net), Sam Vecenie (The Athletic), Jonathan Wasserman (Bleacher Report), Jeremy Woo (Sports Illustrated), Krysten Peek (Yahoo), Matt Babcock (Basketball News) as well as USA TODAY Sports Media Group’s For The Win.

Please note that these rankings reflect the composite score in order to get a feel for consensus, not our own opinion. Predictions for a first overall pick earned a player 58 points while the second overall pick earned 57 points, the third overall earned 56 points, and so on.

Johnny Davis (Wisconsin), Jeremy Sochan (Baylor), Harrison Ingram (Stanford), EJ Liddell (Ohio State), Wendell Moore (Duke), Blake Wesley (Notre Dame), and Walker Kessler (Auburn) have improved their draft stock the most since our most recent update last month.

The most notable prospects making their debut on our rankings are Tari Eason (LSU), Aminu Mohammed (Georgetown), Dereon Seabron (NC State), Christian Braun (Kansas), Trevion Williams (Purdue) and Orlando Robinson (Fresno State).

Some of the top prospects who were not included in any of these most recent mock drafts include Matthew Cleveland (Florida State), Azuolas Tubelis (Arizona), Max Abmas (Oral Roberts), Kofi Cockburn (Illinois), Alex Fudge (LSU), Buddy Boeheim (Syracuse), Josh Minott (Memphis) and Kadary Richmond (Seton Hall).

Otherwise, you can learn the latest updates on every single prospect who has been included in recent mock drafts by scrolling below.

HoopsHype’s Alberto de Roa contributed research to this report

Jabari Smith

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Big, Freshman, 6-10 (Auburn)

Previous Rank: 3 (+2)

Auburn’s Jabari Smith jumped to No. 1 overall by earning top consideration from The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, For The Win, Basketball News, as well as NBADraft.net.

Paolo Banchero

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Big, Freshman, 6-10 (Duke)

Previous Rank: 1 (-1)

Although he dropped from the No. 1 spot on our consensus rankings, Duke’s Paolo Banchero still currently holds the pole position with Bleacher Report and Yahoo.

Chet Holmgren

(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Big, Freshman, 7-1 (Gonzaga)

Previous Rank: 2 (-1)

Even though Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren is ranked at No. 3 overall with the consensus survey, none of the mock drafts we studied have him outside the Top 3 and ESPN still considers him No. 1 overall.

Jaden Ivey

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Guard, Sophomore, 6-4 (Purdue)

Previous Rank: 6 (+2)

Purdue sophomore Jaden Ivey has solid placement, and although none of the mock drafts have inside the Top 3, none of them have him outside of the Top 5 either.

Bennedict Mathurin

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Wing, Sophomore, 6-6 (Arizona)

Previous Rank: 9 (+4)

Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin is another well-liked prospect who earned lottery consideration from each mock draft we surveyed, with Basketball News even placing him in the Top 5.

Jalen Duren

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Big, Freshman, 6-10 (Memphis)

Previous Rank: 4 (-2)

Although his hype has fallen just a bit since he was the top prospect in his class, Memphis big man Jalen Duren also received lottery consideration from each of the mock drafts we studied. ESPN is the only mock draft with him ranked in the Top 5.

Johnny Davis

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Wing, Sophomore, 6-5 (Wisconsin)

Previous Rank: 61 (+54)

No one has improved their draft stock more of late than Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis, who ranks as high as No. 4 overall from Sports Illustrated. He has also earned consideration in the Top 5 from The Athletic, Bleacher Report, and For The Win.

Jaden Hardy

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Guard, G League, 6-4 (Ignite)

Previous Rank: 5 (-3)

Even though he has had an up-and-down season in the G League, it’s still easy to get excited about what Jaden Hardy provides as a prospect. There is a wide range of outcomes predicted for Hardy at this point considering that The Athletic has him outside of the top 20 while Yahoo and NBADraft.net both have him top 5.

Kendall Brown

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Wing, Freshman, 6-8 (Baylor)

Previous Rank: 21 (+12)

Baylor freshman Kendall Brown is another divisive prospect at this point. The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, and Basketball News predict that he will hear his name called with one of the first eight picks in the draft. However, ESPN and NBADraft.net don’t project him as a lottery pick.

Patrick Baldwin Jr.

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Wing, Freshman, 6-10 (UW Milwaukee)

Previous Rank: 7 (-3)

Even though he was widely considered one of the most exciting prospects before the season, none of the mock drafts that we surveyed currently have mid-major freshman Patrick Baldwin Jr. projected to get selected with one of the first six picks in the draft.

Keegan Murray

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Big, Sophomore, 6-8 (Iowa)

Previous Rank: 26 (+15)

After a hot start to the season, Iowa sophomore Keegan Murray has some momentum behind his name. Sports Illustrated has him going as high as No. 6 overall while Bleacher Report has him at No. 8 overall. None of the mocks have him projected outside the lottery.

TyTy Washington

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Guard, Freshman, 6-3 (Kentucky)

Previous Rank: 8 (-4)

Kentucky freshman TyTy Washington is an intriguing prospect, especially when he plays in the pick and roll. Six of the eight mock drafts surveyed now include Washington selected with one of the first eleven picks in the draft and only Sports Illustrated has him projected outside of the top 20.

MarJon Beauchamp

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Wing, G League, 6-7 (Ignite)

Previous Rank: 25 (+12)

As of right now, NBADraft.net and Sports Illustrated are the only publications that currently have MarJon Beauchamp projected as a lottery pick. However, each of the mock drafts that we looked at has this prospect with a first-round grade.

Dyson Daniels

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Guard, G League, 6-6 (Ignite)

Previous Rank: 12 (-2)

Australia’s Dyson Daniels is another prospect currently playing in the G League who has come fans around the NBA. Currently, The Athletic and Sports Illustrated are the only publications projecting him as a lottery pick but each mock draft has him as a first-rounder.

Kennedy Chandler

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Guard, Freshman, 6-1 (Tennessee)

Previous Rank: 11 (-4)

Jean Montero

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Guard, Overtime, 6-2 (Elite)

Previous Rank: 13 (-3)

Nikola Jovic

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Wing, International, 6-10 (Mega Basket)

Previous Rank: 20 (+3)

Ochai Agbaji

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Wing, Senior, 6-5 (Kansas)

Previous Rank: 29 (+11)

Wendell Moore Jr.

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Wing, Junior, 6-5 (Duke)

Previous Rank: 48 (+29)

JD Davison

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Guard, Freshman, 6-3 (Alabama)

Previous Rank: 19 (-1)

Mark Williams

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Big, Sophomore, 7-0 (Duke)

Previous Rank: 28 (+7)

Bryce McGowens

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Wing, Freshman, 6-6 (Nebraska)

Previous Rank: 23 (+1)

AJ Griffin

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Wing, Freshman, 6-8 (Duke)

Previous Rank: 18 (-5)

Trevor Keels

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Wing, Freshman, 6-5 (Duke)

Previous Rank: 17 (-7)

Blake Wesley

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Guard, Freshman, 6-5 (Notre Dame)

Previous Rank: 54 (+29)

Jeremy Sochan

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Big, Freshman, 6-8 (Baylor)

Previous Rank: 67 (+41)

Caleb Houstan

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Wing, Freshman, 6-8 (Michigan)

Previous Rank: 10 (-17)

Harrison Ingram

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Wing, Freshman, 6-7 (Stanford)

Previous Rank: 68 (+40)

E.J. Liddell

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Big, Senior, 6-7 (Ohio State)

Previous Rank: 59 (+30)

Ousmane Dieng

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Wing, International, 6-9 (New Zealand Breakers – Australia)

Previous Rank: 14 (-16)

Yannick Nzosa

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Big, International, 6-11 (Unicaja)

Previous Rank: 22 (-9)

Christian Koloko

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Big, Junior, 7-1 (Arizona)

Previous Rank: 44 (+12)

Jaime Jaquez Jr.

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Wing, Junior, 6-6 (UCLA)

Previous Rank: 31 (-2)

Tari Eason

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Wing, Sophomore, 6-8 (LSU)

Previous Rank: N/R

Hugo Besson

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Guard, International, 6-3 (New Zealand Breakers)

Previous Rank: 45 (+10)

Jabari Walker

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Big, Sophomore, 6-8 (Colorado)

Previous Rank: 32 (-4)

Max Christie

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Wing, Freshman, 6-6 (Michigan St)

Previous Rank: 16 (-21)

Julian Champagnie

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Wing, Junior, 6-7 (St John’s)

Previous Rank: 36 (-2)

Michael Foster

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Big, G League, 6-8 (Ignite)

Previous Rank: 38 (-1)

Caleb Love

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Guard, Sophomore, 6-4 (North Carolina)

Previous Rank: 50 (+10)

Walker Kessler

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Big, Sophomore, 7-1 (Auburn)

Previous Rank: 65 (+24)

Aminu Mohammed

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Wing, Freshman, 6-5 (Georgetown)

Previous Rank: N/R

Ismael Kamagate

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Big, International, 6-11 (Paris – France)

Previous Rank: 52 (+9)

Keon Ellis

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Wing, Senior, 6-6 (Alabama)

Previous Rank: 40 (-4)

Julian Strawther

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Wing, Sophomore, 6-7 (Gonzaga)

Previous Rank: 63 (+18)

Dereon Seabron

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Wing, Sophomore, 6-7 (North Carolina St.)

Previous Rank: N/R

Johnny Juzang

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Wing, Junior, 6-6 (UCLA)

Previous Rank: 37 (-10)

Jordan Hall

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Guard, Sophomore, 6-8 (St Joseph’s)

Previous Rank: 53 (+5)

Allen Flanigan

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Wing, Junior, 6-6 (Auburn)

Previous Rank: 33 (-16)

Moussa Diabate

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Big, Freshman, 6-10 (Michigan)

Previous Rank: 47 (-3)

Roko Prkacin

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Big, International, 6-9 (Cibona Zagreb)

Previous Rank: 24 (-27)

Christian Braun

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Wing, Junior, 6-6 (Kansas)

Previous Rank: N/R

Peyton Watson

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Wing, Freshman, 6-9 (UCLA)

Previous Rank: 15 (-38)

Terrence Shannon Jr.

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Wing, Junior, 6-6 (Texas Tech)

Previous Rank: 46 (-8)

Justin Lewis

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Big, Sophomore, 6-7 (Marquette)

Previous Rank: 58 (+3)

Khalifa Diop

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Big, International, 6-11 (Gran Canaria)

Previous Rank: 49 (-7)

Trayce Jackson-Davis

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Big, Junior, 6-9 (Indiana)

Previous Rank: 57 (+0)

Drew Timme

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Big, Junior, 6-10 (Gonzaga)

Previous Rank: 43 (-15)

Tristan Vukcevic

Big, International, 6-10 (Real Madrid)

Previous Rank: 39 (-20)

Taevion Kinsey

Wing, Senior, 6-5 (Marshall)

Previous Rank: 41 (-19)

Trevion Williams

Big, Senior, 6-10 (Purdue)

Previous Rank: N/R

Hyunjung Lee

Wing, Junior, 6-7 (Davidson)

Previous Rank: 75 (+13)

Matthew Mayer

Wing, Senior, 6-9 (Baylor)

Previous Rank: 34 (-29)

Orlando Robinson

Big, Junior, 7-0 (Fresno St.)

Previous Rank: N/R

Gabriele Procida

Wing, International, 6-7 (Fortitudo Bologna)

Previous Rank: 73 (+8)

Isaiah Mobley

Big, Junior, 6-10 (USC)

Previous Rank: 90 (+24)

Malaki Branham

Wing, Freshman, 6-5 (Ohio State)

Previous Rank: N/R

Jamaree Bouyea

Guard, Senior, 6-2 (San Francisco)

Previous Rank: 79 (+11)

Ibou Dianko Badji

Big, International, 7-1 (Força Lleida)

Previous Rank: 66 (-3)

Oscar Tshiebwe

Big, Junior, 6-9 (Kentucky)

Previous Rank: 89 (+19)

Jahvon Quinerly

Guard, Senior, 6-1 (Alabama)

Previous Rank: N/R

Daimion Collins

Big, Freshman, 6-9 (Kentucky)

Previous Rank: 27 (-45)

Andrew Nembhard

Guard, Senior, 6-5 (Gonzaga)

Previous Rank: 77 (+4)

Pete Nance

Big, Senior, 6-10 (Northwestern)

Previous Rank: N/R

Michael Devoe

Guard, Senior, 6-5 (Georgia Tech)

Previous Rank: N/R

Ariel Hukporti

Big, International, 7-0 (Melbourne)

Previous Rank: 74 (-2)

Izaiah Brockington

Wing, Senior, 6-4 (Iowa State)

Previous Rank: N/R

Zach Edey

Big, Sophomore, 7-4 (Purdue)

Previous Rank: 60 (-18)

Matteo Spagnolo

Guard, International, 6-4 (Vanoli Cremona)

Previous Rank: 87 (+8)

Carlos Alocen

Guard, International, 6-4 (Real Madrid)

Previous Rank: 56 (-24)

Gabe Brown

Wing, Senior, 6-7 (Michigan State)

Previous Rank: N/R

Iverson Molinar

Guard, Junior, 6-3 (Mississippi State)

Previous Rank: 72 (-10)

Fedor Zugic

Guard, International, 6-5 (Ulm)

Previous Rank: 86 (+3)

Jahmir Young

Guard, Junior, 6-2 (Charlotte)

Previous Rank: 91 (+7)

Brady Manek

Big, Senior, 6-9 (North Carolina)

Previous Rank: N/R

Marcus Bagley

Wing, Sophomore, 6-7 (Arizona State)

Previous Rank: 35 (-51)

Marcus Bingham

Big, Senior, 6-11 (Michigan State)

Previous Rank: N/R

Darius Days

Big, Senior, 6-7 (LSU)

Previous Rank: 93 (+5)

Alondes Williams

Guard, Senior, 6-5 (Wake Forest)

Previous Rank: N/R

Ron Harper Jr.

Wing, Senior, 6-6 (Rutgers)

Previous Rank: N/R

Tyler Burton

Wing, Junior, 6-7 (Richmond)

Previous Rank: N/R

James Akinjo

Guard, Senior, 6-1 (Baylor)

Previous Rank: N/R

Boogie Ellis

Guard, Junior, 6-3 (USC)

Previous Rank: 83 (-10)

Dominick Barlow

Big, Overtime, 6-9 (Elite)

Previous Rank: N/R

Gui Santos

Wing, International, 6-8 (Minas)

Previous Rank: 92 (-3)

Anthony Duruji

Wing, Senior, 6-7 (Florida)

Previous Rank: 82 (-14)

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