Updated: Nov 9
In the latest edition of ‘P.I. Pulse’, Pro Insight’s Tyler Glazier and Alex Brown spend time compiling musings on a group of the top prospects that they have come across, with a focus on those eligible for the 2023 NBA draft (and beyond).
With the 2022-23 college/G League/OTE seasons upon us, it’s time to analyze a group of prospects that project to hear their name called on draft night, whether next June or in future years.
Without further adieu, here are the names to know for the 2023 Draft and beyond (ordered alphabetically).
6’6” Wing | Houston | Freshman | 18.9 years old
The first of two Houston freshmen on this list, Beaumont legend Terrance Arceneaux brings a winning pedigree, extremely versatile defense, and shooting prowess to the Cougars. Arceneaux can be best described as a havoc defender with immense ground coverage, and with the length that he has along with the motor and activity, he has monster defensive potential for the next level. While more of a 3&D currently, in some contexts (such as EYBL), Terrance acted more like a lead scorer and creator, which is an interesting historical datapoint to keep in mind considering he initially will be doing a lot of 3&D for Houston (and likely for an NBA team, down the line). Having such an intriguing blend of high level skills has already earned him some fans across NBA front offices, and it’s certainly possible that Arceneaux could go in the first round. Coach Kelvin Sampson even went on to say publicly that “in all my years of recruiting, I don't know if I have recruited a player that can impact winning in as many ways as he can.” While Arceneaux may be renowned for hitting a double buzzer beater to send it into OT and then to win it in the state championship game, he also was incredibly dominant at EYBL in 2021 (see below). All in all, Arceneaux could be just what teams are looking for in a seamless wing fit to upgrade their defense and perimeter shooting.
By the numbers: Terrance Arceneaux finished first overall in C-RAM for the entirety of the 2021 Nike EYBL, scoring a silver 9.9, while also placing in the top-15 for DSI, top-5 for PSP, and top-20 for 3PE.
6’6.5” Guard | Arkansas | Freshman | 18.8
On a Hogs team loaded with talent such as Nick Smith Jr., Davonte Davis and fellow Texas native Jordan Walsh — Anthony Black is a name many evaluators could be pining over as the draft approaches. Standing at 6.6.5” with excellent lower body strength and somewhat surprising explosiveness, Black possesses the requisite tools to slide up and down positions at the guard/wing spots on both ends of the ball, but especially on defense. Offensively, Black is best suited as a “big guard” who acts as a high IQ secondary creator and playmaker while being able to put pressure on the rim, knock down catch-and-shoot threes and punish defenses as a slasher. A low maintenance and competitive person both on and off the court, Black efficiently tows the line between star and co-star as long as it leads to wins. And while Black is extremely versatile and effective on the floor, the primary swing skill that would take his game to the next level remains his shot consistency. A capable shooter mechanically, Black likely just needs additional game reps and the green light to further build his trust and confidence in his shot beyond the arc and off the bounce. In short, expect Black to be an x-factor for the Hogs this season as they look to challenge Kentucky for the SEC championship and justify their top-10 preseason ranking.
By the numbers: At the U18 2022 FIBA Americas, Black posted a bronze 8.2 C-RAM with an elite 106 DSI and a solid 74 FGS. He struggled as a scorer and shooter, however, only posting a 31 PSP and 35 3PE.
6’10” Big | UCLA | Freshman | 19.6
A native of Nigeria, Bona wasn’t all that interested in playing basketball as a child since he primarily enjoyed playing soccer. After some convincing by a local coach, Bona opted to give it a try. A few short years later, Bona found himself as one of the more coveted international prospects and a consensus top-25 player in the country playing for Prolific Prep in Napa, California. While there’s a lot of talent in Africa, Nigeria especially, few players are able to accomplish what Bona did in such a short amount of time. Being the only notable athlete in the family, Bona is uniquely gifted with a chiseled 6’10” frame, large hands and long 7’4” wingspan, all of which he routinely puts to good use as a destructive defender. Now at UCLA, Bona will look to anchor Coach Cronin’s defense while also bringing open court speed as a rim runner, lateral quickness as a reactive defender, power finishing as a high flyer, productive rebounding as a glass cleaner and intensity as an energetic tone setter. While he’s still rounding out other areas of his game such as ball-handling, playmaking and interior scoring, Bona has shown signs of encouraging competency in said areas during recent play. And as someone who models his game after Ben Wallace, Bam Adebayo and Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bona has both the tools and the drive to be a force of nature and productive cornerstone for the Bruins as they aim to make another deep run in March.
By the numbers: At 2021 Nike EYBL, Bona placed first in Big Man Skills/ATR scoring a 99, finished second overall in C-RAM with a silver 9.8, and placed in the top-15 for DSI and PSP.
6’7” Wing | Kansas | Freshman | 18.9
Entering Kansas as the their second ever National Gatorade Player of the Year behind Andrew Wiggins, Dick has both the pedigree and translatable skill-set to make an immediate impact for the Jayhawks his freshman season. At 6’7”, Dick is a polished knockdown shooter who understands his role as more of a complementary star who is comfortable launching from anywhere on the court. He brings the most instant value as a three-point sniper from NBA range, but also does a great job staying active and making defenses work as an off movement threat inside the arc. Dick also has a very high release point on his shot mechanics that makes it difficult to block or contest, which bodes well for further generating clean looks at the college and pro levels. Aside from his shooting prowess, Dick has also shown advanced footwork to generate shooting windows off the bounce as well as the ability to attack closeouts and finish above the rim inside. Defensively, Dick is more than capable of being an efficient team and iso defender, as he showcased during his time at Sunrise Christian. Overall, Dick is more of a high floor prospect who can thrive next to star players or shoulder the offensive load by spacing the floor, acting as a tertiary creator, finding holes in defenses as a slasher and holding his own defensively. Already projected as a one-and-done, look for Dick to climb up draft boards as his usage increases.
By the numbers: Gradey consistently scored very highly across the 3PE and DSI categories, including scoring a 104 and 97, respectively, at the La Porte Invitational in 2021.
6’4” Guard | Baylor | Freshman | 19.0
A native of Texas, Keyonte George is no stranger to the spotlight and has been known on the national scene as a prospect since middle school. And while each player handles expectations or pressure differently, George has never lacked confidence when it comes to matching up against other top players on a big stage. At 6’4” with a naturally strong frame, George is a tough cover for defenders due to his blend of size, burst, tight handle, and three-level scoring ability. He does most of his damage inside the paint as a finisher and in the mid-range as a pull-up shooter, but is a more than capable outside threat who projects to be reliable this season for the Bears and beyond. However, even with a knack for getting buckets, it’s the self-creation at his size that really allows him to tap into his full potential and sets him apart from other prospects in his class. While George is more of an offensively driven prospect, time with the Baylor staff should get the most out of defensive tools, game-to-game consistency and drive to push himself physically. Overall, George is a versatile two-way threat with a star mentality. Watch for him to make the most of his opportunity and he looks to lead the Bears back to the National Championship.
By the numbers: This summer at Globl Jam (U23), George finished with a bronze 7.8 C-RAM with an 82 PSP and 89 3PE.
DaRon Holmes II
6’9” Forward | Dayton | Sophomore | 20.2
Dayton’s star and the reigning A10 rookie of the year has a chance to take another large step this upcoming season after leading an extremely young Flyers team to a second-place finish in the A10 on a 24-11 season. DaRon is an energy big who excels at finishing from the dunker spot, rim running, and protecting the rim, and even led the Flyers in scoring and blocks in his freshman campaign. Holmes finished in the 97th percentile for overall points per possession (95th halfcourt, 98th transition) with a wild 83 dunks as well — impressive feats for a freshman big on a very young team. Defensively, DaRon does an excellent job at defending without fouling around the rim, and is already capable of playing over 30 minutes a night without getting into foul trouble. While he isn’t the tallest nor the longest (although his length is solid), his overall technique is impressively polished, already. However, in order to stick in an NBA rotation, he needs to make functional athleticism and strength gains (size + weight) to maximize what he is already best at. If he can achieve notable improvements there, there is reason for optimism for an NBA role player future for DaRon.
By the numbers: As a freshman, DaRon earned a gold C-RAM of 10.4, posting a very impressive 91 DSI along with a solid 76 ATR and 73 PSP. In 4 out of 5 events in Cerebro’s database, DaRon achieved gold status.
6’6” Wing | Michigan | Freshman | 19.2
After two stellar seasons with IMG Academy, Howard had his choice between a number of options before ultimately choosing to be coached by his father and longtime NBA player Juwan Howard at Michigan. While Juwan became the NBA’s first $100 million dollar man due to his prolific inside/outside game, Jett is a much different archetype. At 6’6”, Jett thrives on the perimeter as a smooth shot maker and secondary creator/playmaker, which makes the pairing with talented sophomore guard Kobe Bufkin that much more fun. In addition to his linking guard/wing capabilities, Jett’s easygoing personality off the court and competitive edge on the court also help add to his endearment and reliability as a future NBA prospect. And while Howard is projected as more of a two-and-done at this stage of his career, it wouldn’t be shocking to see his name discussed as a potential first-rounder if things really click for him early on at Michigan this season. However, in large part for that to happen, Howard would also need to show an uptick in his defensive instincts and intensity in order for evaluators to start seeing him as a legitimate 3&D prospect. And while Howard may require a bit more time to bake in the oven beyond this season, he’s definitely a potential draft-riser to be aware of as we officially kick off the college basketball season.
By the numbers: At 2021’s Nike EYBL, Jett posted a C-RAM of 7.2, with a 61 PSP, 62 3PE, 69 FGS, 61 ATR, and 75 DSI. At four subsequent events, Jett posted anywhere between a 76 and 106 3PE, consistently growing as a shooter throughout the season.
Greg “GG” Jackson
6’9” Forward | South Carolina | Freshman | 17.9
GG Jackson has taken an interesting route to the draft conversation after being one of the top-rated prospects in the class of 2023 before a UNC de-commitment and late re-class after 2022’s Nike EYBL. Heading into his freshman campaign with South Carolina, GG brings a baseline of solid defensive tools, rim running, rebounding, and range shooting flashes. His most appealing aspect is that he is incredibly young, as he is two years younger than prospects like Brandon Miller and even younger than some of the top-ranked players in the class of 2024. He has a chance to enter the league at 18 years old, and will debut collegiately at age 17. He will have to prove himself as a shooter, as he will need to answer questions more about the legitimacy of his floor-stretching efficiency, as it is a relatively new skill. Additionally, he needs to pass at a higher level to fit in the modern 4 mold for the NBA. Ideally in a more focal role with South Carolina, he will get the chance to gain reps in both of these areas. At this stage, Jackson is a moldable piece of play with the clear tools and age on his side, making him a prospect NBA teams are accustomed to betting on.
By the numbers: GG posted a silver 9.1 C-RAM at Peach Jam in 2022, scoring well in the DSI and ATR metrics at 96 and 83, respectively. He only had 50.7% TS, however, but the execution/volume was better than 2021’s EYBL, where he only shot 14.3% from deep on less than 1 attempt per game.
Sterling “Scoot” Henderson
6’2” Guard | G League Ignite | 18.8
At a rather unassuming 6’2”, Ignite point guard Scoot Henderson plays much larger than his height would suggest due to his reported near-6’9” wingspan, powerful athleticism, raw strength, and dog mentality. Still only 18 years old, Scoot is already in the midst of his second professional season with the Ignite where he routinely outperforms much older pros. Upon joining the Ignite last season, former teammates and current NBA rookies Jaden Hardy [Dallas Mavericks], Dyson Daniels [New Orleans Pelicans] and Marjon Beauchamp [Milwaukee Bucks], were rightfully the top-billed prospects due to their draft eligibility. However, it didn’t take long for Henderson to establish himself as one of the more intriguing prospects on the roster regardless of eligibility. Fast forward a year later and Scoot is now a consensus top-2 pick in the 2023 NBA draft and looks to be the next great guard to enter the league. Aside from the youth factor and unique blend of tools, Henderson is a much improved floor general, all-around scorer, facilitator, and lockdown defender and is seeing his hard work pay off while learning how to fully utilize his strengths to impact winning. In short, Henderson is a rare breed who shares many similar traits of past and present franchise-level guards and whichever team calls his name on draft night will have much to celebrate.
By the numbers: In Cerebro’s 2021-22 G League sample, Scoot posted a C-RAM of 5.8, with a 63 PSP, 45 3PE, 71 FGS, 60 ATR, and 77 DSI. Keep in mind, these are against grown men and professionals at 17-18 years old, against many of which have seen NBA minutes.
6’7” Forward | Creighton | Sophomore | 20.7
After a standout freshman season, Arthur Kaluma will be looking to make another jump this year alongside a stacked Creighton team boasting the likes of pro prospects such as Ryan Kalkbrenner, Ryan Nembhard, Baylor Scheierman, Ben Shtolzberg, and Trey Alexander. At 6’7” with long arms and a strong frame, Kaluma is a standout athlete in space that would physically look the part on an NBA court tonight. An aggressive scorer, Arthur is not afraid of testing the boundaries of his skillset and asserting himself against top competition, including putting up a career high 24 points against Kansas in March. However, there will definitely be a major change in the shot diet at the next level, and preparing for that will be key. He doesn’t have an elite skill to hang his hat on yet, and the largest areas of improvement to track that correlate with next-level expectations for Kaluma are the shooting progression and defensive polish. The track record of development here hasn’t been ideal, and at only 26.5% on the year from deep (16th percentile catch-and-shoot) and 67.1% from the line as a freshman, he will need to prove that he can consistently knock down a corner 3 to stick in that modern 4 spot. On the defensive end, Kaluma has excellent tools to work with, but needs to improve his technique and defend without fouling. Overall, as far as sophomore returners go, Kaluma has some of the most potential growth out there in this group to pair with the tools, motor, and aggression.
By the numbers: Kaluma finished his freshman regular season with a bronze 7.0 C-RAM, only posting a middling 57 PSP, 59 3PE, 49 FGS, 63 ATR, and 66 DSI. Clearly, no area was a true standout. However, in the two NCAA tournament games Kaluma played, those numbers jumped, posting a 71 PSP, 79 3PE, 56 FGS, 74 ATR, and 74 DSI, turning it on across the board and showing the potential versatility and intrigue that keeps scouts coming back. Can he tap into that all year?
6’7” Wing | Pepperdine | Sophomore | 20.3
Maxwell Lewis is an interesting sleeper pick out of Pepperdine alongside likely four- year starter and potential pro Houston Mallette. Lewis has taken a unique road to the draft conversation after sitting out his senior year to train for the draft and then committing to Pepperdine, where he missed 11 total games but got a lot of developmental reps and plenty of freedom. With NBA level tools at 6’7” with an approximate 7’0” wingspan, Lewis has some prototypical 3&D traits with excellent perimeter shotmaking and impactful event generation defensively. Additionally, he is capable of getting to a comfortable step-back three off the bounce, finishing well above the rim in space (92nd percentile around the rim on low volume), and plays with supreme self-confidence. Growing as a decision maker, a more willing passer, less premeditated handler, and defensive processor will be important areas to track for the next level with regards to how much responsibility he could eventually carry. He has some catching up to do in those processes from losing that time against quality competition over the last year plus, but the motor is strong and the baseline tools are absolutely there (minus strength, currently). The whole ability to own his space on that end is going to be a curious one to track, especially with his approach and how defense has been drilled into his head all summer, and Pepperdine will look for that to pay major dividends. For now, Lewis is a good bet to find a roster spot due to the baseline of NBA tools, three-point shooting, and defensive potential.
By the numbers: Lewis finished with a bronze 7.1 C-RAM for his freshman year, putting up archetypal highs of 76 3PE and 75 DSI, speaking to the general 3&D foundation. The lowly 49 FGS definitely speaks to his need to grow his basic pass/dribble skillset.
Dereck Lively II
7’1.5” Big | Duke | Freshman | 18.8
Entering Duke as the reigning ESPN #1 prospect, Lively is intriguing as a fluid footer (pushing 7'2") who runs the floor, has some shooting upside, protects the rim, and finishes around the basket. His best skill is by far his defense at this stage, as he consistently changes shots around the basket with his size. With a previously measured 9’4” standing reach, Lively has a good foundation for rim protection, but will need to add muscle mass and functional strength to have a chance to be an anchor 5 at the NBA level, as he is not quick enough to pass as a 4 such as players like Evan Mobley. Offensively, he is solid at the dunker spot, but will need to improve his overall interior creation and aggression, as well as the three-point efficiency, as he has yet to prove that those are NBA-ready tools. Lively has also been described as very coachable, respectful, positive, and an easy teammate to have, and should make plenty of fans in NBA front offices. He still has a lot of room to grow and needs to establish an elite, go-to offensive skill, but the foundation is well set to build upon.
By the numbers: Finished first overall for DSI in 2021 Nike EYBL at an elite 103 and had a solid ATR of 80, but was rather mediocre across the board elsewhere at 59 PSP, 57 3PE, and 51 FGS. The 3PE has never reached above a 77 (which was a one-game event) in Cerebro’s database, which backs up the questions about the legitimacy of his consistent floor-stretching impact.
6’8” Wing | Alabama | Freshman | 19.9
Brandon Miller has the entire ‘Bama fanbase excited as the ninth overall prospect for ESPN and five-star wing is following in his father’s footsteps to play for Alabama, just on the hardwood instead of the gridiron. Despite the excitement and optimism, Brandon has a bit of a polarizing pre-season view among scouts. On one hand, he has great positional size, fluidity at 6’8” with graceful movement and coordination, as well as mid-range self-creation chops and defensive prowess. However, he is very old for his class as a 2002-born prospect with questions about the track record of his jumper and the projected efficiency of his game moving forward. Either way, early optimism for Miller as a lottery pick has been mounting due to his preseason dominance in practice play for Alabama. It isn’t hard to see the appeal, but this year will be a proving one for Miller, as he will need to show that he can fill a projectable role that isn’t reliant on mid-range self-creation as a primary means of driving offensive value. Most players in his mold need to build a w