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Jabari Smith Jr. Has Become 'Pretty Big Favorite' Amongst Lottery Teams To Go No. 1

Jan 20, 2022 3:32 PM

Jabari Smith Jr. of Auburn has started to become the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, according to Chad Ford.

"Among the lottery teams I surveyed, he’s become a pretty big favorite among most of them," writes Ford. 

"Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Duke’s Paolo Banchero still have support [at No. 1]," writes Ford.

Smith is a 6'10 power forward shooting 44 percent on three-pointers.

The Detroit Pistons are amongst the teams "pining" for Smith, according to sources that spoke with Ford. 

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Jabari Smith Entering Conversation As Potential No. 1 Pick In 2022 NBA Draft

Dec 27, 2021 1:44 PM

Jabari Smith Jr. has entered the conversation as the potential top pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

Smith is av​​eraging 16.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 steals in his freshman season at Auburn.

Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren entered the season as the two prospects most likely to be picked first and second overall.

Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer Smith has "even surpassed them in the eyes of many scouts and executives around the league."

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Sharife Cooper Leaves Auburn To Declare For 2021 NBA Draft

Apr 2, 2021 10:47 AM

Sharife Cooper is leaving Auburn for the 2021 NBA Draft. Cooper is the No. 17 prospect in the ESPN 100.

Cooper averaged 20.2 points and 8.1 assists per game in his freshman season at Auburn. Cooper is considered one of the top point guard prospects in the 2021 draft class thanks to his ability to create offense for himself or teammates.

"This season was a roller coaster filled with many ups and some downs," Cooper said. "But I wouldn't trade it for anything, even through the bad times I enjoyed every second at Auburn."

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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