It's been a long time since Spurs fans and the national media aligned on a player as much as they do on Jeremy Sochan. San Antonio selected him ninth in the 2022 NBA Draft (their highest pick since Tim Duncan), so there was a baseline of expectations for his rookie season performance. But having the vast majority of those covering basketball not only match but encourage fan excitement about the young forward is a great feeling.
Over the past few days, Jeremy was named to the All-Rookie Second Team and received high praise from Sam Vecenie in his recent 2022 NBA Redraft for The Athletic (subscription required). As you can imagine, it’s been a fantastic week for the Polish star, who is still just 19 years old. In addition to taking Sochan sixth in his redraft—a three-spot leap from where the Spurs originally selected him—Vecenie had a lot of kind words to share about number 10.
""He is a cleaned up shot away from stardom.""- Sam Vecenie, The Athletic
The senior writer also went on to say, "Sochan remains everything teams look for in a high-level developmental prospect. He has genuine size at 6-foot-9 with a massive wingspan, and he's willing and able to take on tough on-ball defensive assignments in addition to playing strong help defense. Offensively, Sochan took the on-ball reps he was given this year and really blossomed." Vecenie concludes by calling Jeremy a "reasonable bet" to make an All-Star team in the future, which is more optimistic than even I, a Silver and Black-pilled fan, am willing to go most of the time.
As excitement ramps up for the impending Draft Lottery and the conclusion of the highly-anticipated Wembanyama sweepstakes, there is already plenty to be enthusiastic about on the Spurs roster. The development of Sochan, Malaki Branham (20th in the redraft), and Blake Wesley was astounding. Plus the continued emergence of young veterans like Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson, as well as the incoming rookie class, is something to look forward to next season.