With the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery now behind us, we now know with certainty that the San Antonio Spurs will be selecting 9th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft this coming June. And while the odds of landing a highly-touted name toward the top of draft boards like Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, and Jabari Smith are now even less likely than before, I urge Spurs fans not to be too disappointed.
Despite claims of this year’s draft being top-heavy and weak as a whole, after months of watching film and assessing the Spurs’ draft needs and philosophy, I think the Spurs will have several outstanding options in the back half of the lottery. As we move closer to draft day on June 23, we at Air Alamo will do our best to cover all of the bases, but for now, I’d like to begin with the player that I think could make the most sense for the Spurs in the lottery if they go in a more predictable direction: Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan.
In his freshman campaign with the Baylor Bears, Jeremy Sochan averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in roughly 25 minutes per game. He was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team, was awarded the Big 12 6th Man of the Year Award, and was an All-Big 12 honorable mention. Here, we’ll dive into a bit of Sochan’s background, his strengths and areas for improvement on the court, and his potential fit on the Spurs’ current roster.