Jaden Ivey shined in his sophomore season with the Purdue Boilermakers. He led them to their first-ever appearance atop the AP poll and the Sweet 16. Now, he will be looking to shine at the NBA level.
Ivey officially announced his decision to enter his name in the 2022 NBA Draft. He thanked the Purdue program and fanbase in his announcement.
— Jaden Ivey (@IveyJaden) March 31, 2022
In 36 games this season, Ivey averaged 17.3 points and 3.1 assists, which both led Purdue. He shot 46.0 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from 3-point land. Ivey was one of the very best players in college basketball and is still relatively young, which bodes well for his ability to develop into a star at the next level.
Ivey is one of the most highly touted players in the draft, especially at the guard spot. The 6-foot-4 guard has explosive athleticism and has shown a very intriguing scoring knack that should make him one of the top five picks. Although he left much to be desired on defense, he should be able to defend well at the next level if he puts in the work.
Teams like the New York Knicks, who could use a star guard, should look Ivey’s way at the draft. Bigger wings like Paolo Banchero and Keegan Murray, as well as big men like Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith Jr., are among the top players in this year’s crop of prospects. With Ivey’s great talent and the improvement he showed from his freshman to sophomore year, he should easily be a top draft pick.