Latest NBA mock draft puts Notre Dame guard Blake Wesley in middle of 1st round
Notre Dame Blake Wesley will have an important decision to make in the coming weeks.
Wesley was good enough as a freshman for the Fighting Irish to land on the NBA’s radar and could be a first round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft — should he decide to leave school. Wesley could also opt to return to South Bend for another year in hopes of improving and solidifying his draft stock.
According to the Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Wesley is currently viewed as a mid-first round pick. He was mocked to the San Antonio Spurs at No. 17 overall on O’Connor’s latest mock draft, which was released on Thursday morning.
However, he certainly left the door open for Wesley to return to school. Here’s some of his analysis:
“He’s actually about one year away from being “NBA-ready,” but he could turn into a steal if the Spurs are willing to be patient. However, Wesley could also instead return to school with the hopes of raising his draft status.”
Last season, several high-profile freshmen opted to return to school for their sophomore season and it has largely worked out of them. Purdue’s Jadey Ivey, Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin, Iowa’s Keegan Murray, Auburn’s Walker Kessler and Duke’s Mark Williams are potential lottery picks in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Wesley could decide to test the NBA Draft waters but ultimately return to school. That decision will likely happen in the coming weeks.
Wesley averaged 14.4 points per game this season while showing off the potential to be a high-level shot creator.
The NBA Draft is on June 23.