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Get to know the 2022 NBA Draft with exclusive, one-on-one interviews with some intriguing prospects

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The NBA is about to welcome a new generation of pros, and we want to introduce you to some of those players before they take the proverbial leap.

Scouts and executives around the league spend countless hours and seemingly infinite resources identifying the top talent in the draft. Before investing millions of dollars into drafting a prospect, it’s important to know everything about what they can contribute to your organization.

That typically includes advanced scouting reports and in-person pre-draft workouts. But it also includes sit-down interviews, the same way it would for anyone applying for a job.

So our goal was to get to know this draft class by asking them how they describe their games, learning more about their backgrounds, what makes them tick as people, what are their interests off the court, and more.

We had in-depth conversations with several top prospects, and we will continue to update this post as we publish more. With all that in mind, before your favorite team is on the clock on June 23, get to know some of the most interesting players in the 2022 NBA Draft:

Jeremy Sochan

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“My background is very unique. My mom is Polish, my dad is American. I lived in England most of my life. I played for the Polish national team while living in England. We traveled all over Europe. We played in many countries. All of that helped me grow not only as a player but also as a person. I’m just open to a lot of different people, cultures, and experiences. It helped me open my eyes to have a bigger perspective on life.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH JEREMY SOCHAN

Keegan Murray

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“For me, it’s all about team chemistry. If I’m the number one option, I’m the number one option. But at the end of the day, I want to go to a team and do the things that I need to do for us to win games. That’s my main goal. On different nights, there are guys who are different options — especially on really good teams. If I’m a guy that can establish himself as a scorer in the league, and be consistent with that, the sky’s the limit for me.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH KEEGAN MURRAY

Ousmane Dieng

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“I can use my length on defense to guard people bigger than me. Guarding smaller people, I can stay a little bit farther from them. On offense, I can use it to finish at the rim and I can shoot over people, too. I’m young, but I can see myself playing on the wing and as a secondary ball-handler. I love to play with the ball in my hands. When I was really young, I was bringing the ball up the floor. I have good court vision and passing ability. I played point guard when I was young. I’m used to playing with the ball in my hands. I’m a hard worker. I’ll do whatever the coach wants me to do. I will bring energy and give everything I have every day.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH OUSMANE DIENG

Dalen Terry

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“I just want to gain respect. I want these guys to know who I am. Whatever happens with my career, they’re going to know they’re going to respect me. I just want to gain the respect of the guys. But, at the same time, I really don’t care. I’m comfortable in my own skin. I just want everyone to be comfortable with who I am. I want it to be clear when I come in the door, I have my presence made. I want guys to fear me. But I always want guys to love to play with me.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH DALEN TERRY

Jaylin Williams

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“We would watch film before practice. That added to what I did on my own, too. If I didn’t have a good shooting game, I’d try to see if I rushed my jump shot or if I didn’t give it enough arc. I would always re-watch turnovers and think about what else I could have done. Did I try to force something? Did I throw it too late? Could I have thrown it to them at a better spot? Could I have thrown it higher? I’m always watching film to figure out what I could have done better and learn things like that so if the situation comes again, I can try to make that pass. If I think I could have gotten better at something, I would try to focus on those things.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH JAYLIN WILLIAMS

Patrick Baldwin Jr.

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“Every time I step on the court, first and foremost, I have no excuses. Even though an injury is a part of basketball and it’s a part of what I went through, if I step on the court, I have to play at an elite level. That’s something that me and my dad have talked about. Even though you do have this going on, other players are playing through injuries. You have to have a tougher mindset than them and push through it. With the load I had to carry at Milwaukee early on as a freshman, I think it exposed me to a lot of good things that I can learn from. They threw the kitchen sink at me at Milwaukee. I was front and center of the scouting report, circled in red.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK BALDWIN JR.

Jake LaRavia

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“I can switch one through four and occasionally guard a five. No matter how much bigger or quicker someone is than I am, I will not make it easy. I’m a coach’s player. If the coach tells me what to do, I’ll do it. You can place me anywhere on the court and I’ll defend. I’m the type of player who can rebound the ball and push it in transition or whatever you need me to do. When it comes to court vision and IQ, it’s all there. I’m an all-around, do-it-all type of player.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH JAKE LARAVIA

Wendell Moore

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“The main thing for me is my work ethic. Along with the work ethic came the confidence and the trust in myself after putting all that work in. It came together this year, and my confidence took a huge leap. Before the season, my work was nonstop. As soon as the season ended for my sophomore year, I was in the gym within two days. I changed my body. I got leaner and slimmer. I got more athletic. I played a lot of pickup games and worked on live game reps. It’s fun working out by yourself, but you never know if it works until you try it against people in live action. I’m still working every day. I’m getting better every day. My confidence is back to where I think I’m a really good player.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH WENDELL MOORE JR.

Ryan Rollins

“I’m a playmaker. I can score. I can create for others. I’m long, athletic. I’m a jack of trades. I can score from all three levels. I can defend. I’m unselfish. I’m somebody that loves to win. I’m a quick learner. I’m a good basketball player. I’m versatile and I know how to score from all over the court. I’m good in the pick and roll and I’m good off the ball, coming off down screens and catch and shoots. My bread and butter is the midrange, fadeaways, getting to my spot for my pull-ups, and getting to the rim.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH RYAN ROLLINS

Max Christie

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“Being a leader comes naturally to me. I did the little things like staying after practice. I was very communicative with my teammates. I did my best to make sure we were a team. I try to do what I can to prove I am a leader. I wanted to bring my team together, so we could win a gold medal for the USA’s U16 national team in Brazil. That was about three years ago, and I still have that jersey hanging up in my room, and that was one of my favorite basketball memories.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH MAX CHRISTIE

David Roddy

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“It was a blessing to go to Colorado State because we’re required to do everything else besides have the ball in our hands. I can screen well. I screen hard. I cut very hard and unselfishly. I understand the game enough to understand that having a great cut gets another guy wide open. That’s the unselfish play that I love to do. I rebound and have a knack for the ball defensively. I’m super physical, and I can guard big guys. I don’t need the ball for that. I knock down corner 3-pointers. That’s one thing I’ve been improving on. Every part of the game that’s not involved with the ball, I do pretty well.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH DAVID RODDY

Michael Foster Jr.

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“To me, I feel like I’m a wing. I can get down there and give you a couple of buckets like I did in the G League. I sacrificed a lot that season. There is nothing wrong with that. I showed my improvement in the post. To me, I feel like I’m a wing player. I feel better and I move better outside on the perimeter. They say you are who you can guard and I know I can guard one through five. So it doesn’t matter to me. I feel like I’m going to be a good defender. Nobody will be able to pick on me, no matter if I’m a rookie or not.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL FOSTER JR.

Ron Harper Jr.

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“When I’m on the court, I’m trying to be a dog. I take each matchup personally. When I’m matching up with someone, I want him to know it’s going to be a long night. They were given to me for a reason. I don’t care who I’m matched up against. I’m not going to be scared. I’m just going to play my game and do whatever I can for my team to win. I want to dominate on both sides of the court. I’m comfortable doing everything. Rutgers had me play at the five. They had me bring the ball up the floor. I played forward. I’ve seen everything. That’s a huge part of my game.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH RON HARPER JR.

Vince Williams Jr.

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“Every team prides itself on defense. I’m somebody that can play defense and shoot 3-pointers. I’ll do a good job playing defense and being able to help big guys rebound, too. I’ve always had a knack for the ball, just being around the ball. My wingspan is almost 7-foot. I’ll be able to guard one through four, just being able to switch, and that’s primarily what the NBA is right now. I can hold my own. Hopefully, my defense will help my offense in the long run.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH VINCE WILLIAMS JR.

Tevin Brown

“Since I was a kid, I was always one of those people who wanted to shoot from super far away. Even starting in little league, I used to shoot from half-court during the game. I would practice all kinds of shots like that before the game. Most mornings, I would be at the gym by myself. I was shooting, getting my own rebounds. Most people don’t want to chase the ball everywhere when they’re shooting. The only way to avoid that is to make your shots. So I just practiced day in and day out.”

CLICK TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH TEVIN BROWN

Leonard Miller

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NOTE: Miller withdrew from the draft to join the G League Ignite

“He may have harbored big dreams of being a star, but few would have seen this coming: Miller, 18, has now been certified as an entrant in the upcoming NBA draft. He’s the youngest – and most intriguing – player available.

Back when he was making that long bus trip he was a standard 6-foot-4 guard with good enough skill to play on elite teams, but he was hardly a standout. Now he’s 6-foot-11 and, depending on which scouts you talk to, has retained enough of those guard skills to become a dynamic player at the pro level.”

CLICK TO READ OUR STORY ON LEONARD MILLER

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