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2022 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Pre-lottery look at every team's best option

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Jeremy Sochan, 2022 NBA Mock Draft
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Baylor. Versatile Forward. Jeremy Sochan. . 12. player. 149.

If you’re thinking about Jeremy Sochan as the type of player who can materialize into a superstar, you’ve already stripped what makes him an alluring prospect. Think less about what he might do later and consider what he can do now. Sochan is a legitimate candidate for the best defender in his class. For as many people have tried to find a comparison, no one encompasses all that Sochan is ready to deliver.

A 6-foot-9 forward who embodies positionless basketball, Sochan is one of the only prospects who may actually be able to guard all five positions. He can muscle up against bigs and use his long reach to disrupt shot attempts near the rim or on closeouts. He flips his hips instantly and squares his shoulders to mirror the ball-handlers on the perimeter. He pokes and prods at the ball, forcing opponents to pick up their dribble or waste possessions trying to make something happen off switches.

Sochan signaled upside through brief stretches of unexpected dribbling capacity and passing chops. As a start, those abilities could translate beautifully through dribble handoffs and similar actions that use him as a connector. No matter what the outcome, he’ll be sure to compete on the glass for offensive and defensive boards. Sometimes it results in a tip-in or putback, and in others, he’ll push the ball up the floor to trigger a fastbreak.

Quite frankly, Sochan is a weird player in the absolute best way and those are the types of prospects that Oklahoma City has been drawn to in the past. Maybe he’ll always be a role player, or maybe he’ll be great, but he’s going to be remembered no matter what.

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