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2022 NBA Draft: Top prospects in the Big Ten Tournament

2022 NBA Draft: Top prospects in the Big Ten Tournament

With the 2022 NCAA Tournament right around the corner, it's time for conference tournaments to begin so teams can begin punching their ticket to The Big Dance in March.

Mid-major tournaments have already gotten underway, on Wednesday, five Power Five tournaments will have begun theirs to join the club.

(Editor's note: Check out our breakdowns of the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.)

Since everyone will have their eyes on the best players in these conferences over the next few weeks, BasketballNews.com has highlighted each Power Five and its top 2022 NBA Draft prospects.

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Here are the names to look out for in the Big Ten.

Jaden Ivey

Guard | Purdue

Height: 6-4
Weight: 195
Wingspan: 6-9

Class: Sophomore
Draft Day Age: 20.4
Nationality: USA

For the Boilermakers this season, Jaden Ivey is shooting career highs across the board and has propelled himself into top-three consideration. Ivey is a phenomenal athlete and a promising on-ball defender who has flashed great potential on the defensive end of the floor. His offense has taken a huge leap, as he's shown the ability to create space for himself, score on multiple levels and attack the rim at an elite level. Purdue is one of the best teams in America, and Ivey is a huge component of the team's success. He's one to keep an eye on near the top of the 2022 NBA Draft class.

Keegan Murray

Forward | Iowa

Height: 6-8
Weight: 225
Wingspan: 6-11

Class: Sophomore
Draft Day Age: 21.8
Nationality: USA

At 6-foot-8 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, Keegan Murray has a high motor and does a lot of the “little things'' that contribute to winning, and he is a terrific defender. Despite shooting an inefficient 29.6% from deep last season, Murray has shot and scored the ball at a much higher rate this season. In addition, his ability to attack closeouts and score from multiple levels has allowed him to carry a greater offensive load. Murray is a candidate for National Player of the Year and has played himself into top-10 consideration in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Johnny Davis

Guard | Wisconsin

Height: 6-5
Weight: 194
Wingspan: N/A

Class: Sophomore
Draft Day Age: 20.3
Nationality: USA

​​At 6-foot-5, Johnny Davis carries positional size and has become one of the most reliable scorers in the country. He can take his defender to the rim, is comfortable operating in the mid-range and has shown consistency from deep. He isn’t flashy, but is incredibly effective and decisive, which has resulted in a large jump in his free-throw rate. His combination of physicality and quick decision-making brings good versatility to his game. Davis has established himself as one of the best shooting guards in the country, and is a candidate for National Player of the Year. (Unfortunately, Davis was injured on a flagrant foul in Wisconsin's loss to Nebraska, but he believes he'll be ready to play in the conference tournament.)

Max Christie

Guard | Michigan State

Height: 6-6
Weight: 190
Wingspan: 6-9

Class: Freshman
Draft Day Age: 19.4
Nationality: USA

A former five-star recruit, Max Christie came to Michigan State as one of the top-ranked freshmen in the country. At 6-foot-6 and 190 pounds, Christie possesses the ability to shoot and score the ball at a high level. It’s also worth noting that he has some experience playing on the ball as a point guard. And although plays mostly off the ball for Michigan State, it is a good example of his versatility. Christie is a strong candidate to be a one-and-done prospect.

E.J. Liddell

Forward | Ohio State

Height: 6-7
Weight: 240
Wingspan: 7-0

Class: Junior
Draft Day Age: 21.5
Nationality: USA

Although he is a bit undersized for the position, the Buckeyes often use E.J. Liddell as a 4/5 in their lineups. He is physical and versatile on both ends of the floor, scoring both inside and out. He appears more comfortable in the mid-range and paint, which works well for his college system, but raises questions in regards to his translatability to the NBA. Liddell continues to fill up the box score and play with great effort and toughness. He has certainly carved out a spot for himself in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Malaki Branham

Guard | Ohio State

Height: 6-5
Weight: 180
Wingspan: 6-10

Class: Freshman
Draft Day Age: 19.1
Nationality: USA

Malaki Branham was ranked 35th in the 2021 RSCI recruiting class and, after a slow start, burst onto the scene in conference play. At 6-foot-5, he plays with patience, and is a smooth three-level scorer. He is comfortable operating in the pick-and-roll and mid-range, and has shown promise as a spot-up shooter. Branham is full of potential, and is hitting his stride as a scoring threat. He's certainly one to watch down the stretch.

Bryce McGowens

Guard | Nebraska

Height: 6-7
Weight: 179
Wingspan: 6-9

Class: Freshman
Draft Day Age: 19.6
Nationality: USA

​​Possessing positional size and length, Bryce McGowens has flashed space creation as a shooter with pull-up craft, ball-handling and the ability to elevate over defenders. Although he can be a bit streaky, the fluidity with his shooting mechanics are special. He is also a solid defender due to his length, athleticism and instinctual play. With his combination of great athleticism, shot-making and finishing craft at the rim, McGowens has been the go-to scorer for the Huskers this season.

Moussa Diabaté

Forward-Center | Michigan

Height: 6-11
Weight: 210
Wingspan: 7-3

Class: Freshman
Draft Day Age: 20.4
Nationality: France

Standing 6-foot-11, 210 pounds and possessing an impressive 7-3 wingspan — while also being capable of moving fluidly — Moussa Diabaté’s physical tools jump off of the page. While he is still a work in progress on the offensive end, Diabaté’s talent and versatility on the defensive end stand out. Since Diabaté has been able to properly showcase his talent and make the necessary steps in his development throughout the season, he is a strong candidate to be a one-and-done prospect.

Caleb Houstan

Forward | Michigan

Height: 6-8
Weight: 205
Wingspan: N/A

Class: Freshman
Draft Day Age: 19.5
Nationality: Canada

Caleb Houstan, a five-star recruit for head coach Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines, is a high-level outside shooter and a marksman who possesses positional size at 6-foot-8. Houstan's size, mechanics, shot-making are special, but there are questions about his versatility and consistency. He is one to monitor as the season wraps up, and is a viable floor-stretching option in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Trevion Williams

Forward-Center | Purdue

Height: 6-10
Weight: 255
Wingspan: N/A

Class: Senior
Draft Day Age: 21.8
Nationality: USA

Trevion Williams may be the best low-post scorer in the country. He has incredible footwork, craftiness at the rim and is always thinking a step ahead with the ball in his hand. He is also an impressive athlete at 255 pounds, as he's quick off the ground and runs the floor well. Williams is old school in the way he provides points, but he does the little things well. He has good vision out of the post, plays with a great motor and is the kind of player you want in the locker room. Williams has a great chance of earning a shot at the NBA level. 

Others worth noting:

Kofi Cockburn | Illinois

Hunter Dickinson | Michigan

Zach Edey | Purdue

Ron Harper Jr. | Rutgers

Trayce Jackson-Davis | Indiana

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