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LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - FEBRUARY 12: Shaedon Sharpe #21 of the Kentucky Wildcats warms up before the game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on February 12, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

2022 NBA Draft profile: Shaedon Sharpe

From: Kentucky

Age: 20

Measurables: 6-6, 201 pounds

Key 2021-22 stats: Did not play

NBA.com consensus mock draft position: 6 (June 6 update, previously was 5)

OVERVIEW

Do a Google search for “Shaedon Sharpe draft mystery” and you may be able to spend days perusing all of the related content. After being in Kentucky’s program last season but never actually participating in a game, Sharpe is described in articles, YouTube videos and podcasts as the biggest “mystery man” of the June 23 event. As Bleacher Report summarized of questions surrounding a player who hasn’t competed in a game since 2021, “Talent alone will earn Sharpe consideration as high as (the) No. 4 or No. 5 overall (pick). But there will have to be some guesswork when it comes to assessing his ability to consistently execute a dribble-jumper-heavy shot selection, how effective his creation will be against NBA defenses, how well he’ll read plays and make adjustments, and if (his) gambling, reaching and laziness on defense was more tied to a lack of accountability in AAU. The scouting report’s positives all indicate plenty of upside. Teams just have little to go off to determine the likelihood of Sharpe maximizing his potential. “

DRAFT RANGE

Based on mock drafts, Sharpe appears destined to be picked somewhere between fourth (Sacramento) and seventh (Portland), but he dipped slightly in NBA.com’s recent survey of mock drafts partly due to the outlier of Bleacher Report projecting him to go No. 10 (Washington).

PRO PLAYER COMPARISONS

Paul George, Jalen Green, Brandon Roy or J.R. Smith?

The fan vote on Twitter treated all four of these options nearly equally, with Smith receiving the most ballots at just 30 percent. That was followed closely by Roy (26 percent) and Green (25 percent). The latter of those three was the preference of a scout from another NBA team.

Scout’s take: “Jalen Green is the comp for me. Sharpe has all the tools: body, explosion, shooting ability – a Jalen Green starter kit. The issue is that we haven’t seen him against high-level competition, so this is all speculation. Athleticism looks legit from all the pre-draft workouts.”

Other SEC prospects

Tari Eason, LSU

OG Anunoby, Jerami Grant, Marcus Morris or Patrick Williams?

Scout’s take: “Tari reminds me of Jarred Vanderbilt. He will be an NBA-ready defender from day one – elite activity on that end. Excellent hands, will produce steals and deflections at a high level.  His offensive game will determine his ceiling – much more shooting potential than Vanderbilt.”

TyTy Washington, Kentucky

Andre Miller, Immanuel Quickley, D’Angelo Russell or Derrick White?

Scout’s take: “Quickley. TyTy is combo guard who can create for himself and others.  Like Immanuel, he will be productive despite not having top-level athleticism.”

Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee

Darius Garland, Tyus Jones, Kira Lewis Jr. or Tyrese Maxey?

Scout’s take: “Kira Lewis Jr. is the comp for me. Chandler’s best skill is his quickness – one of the better true point guards in this class. Like Kira, he is a good shooter and passer, but is very small.”