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Bruce Pearl, the head coach of Auburn’s men’s basketball team, spoke with “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning” on Wednesday before the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday.

Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler, two Auburn athletes who declared for the NBA draft, received great accolades from Pearl. Paolo Banchero, a Duke product, was also complimented.

Chet Holmgren, a 7-footer from Gonzaga and the predicted No. 2 pick by USA TODAY Sports, wasn’t treated too well by him in his remarks.

When asked who he would pick as the No. 2 player to replace Jabari Smith, Pearl responded by mentioning Holmgren. Banchero was chosen by Pearl.

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Chet Holmgren’s body is criticized by Bruce Pearl.

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Regarding the No. 2 overall choice by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1993 NBA draft, Shawn Bradley, Pearl remarked, “Chet’s intriguing, but so was Shawn Bradley.”

From 1993 through 2005, the 7-foot-6-inch Bradley played in the NBA, yet he was never selected to an All-Star team. In 2000–01, he led the NBA in blocked shots, and seven times he finished in the top five.

Pearl continued to discuss Holmgren by saying, “The NBA stands for No Boys Allowed. “And I’m afraid of that body. It simply does. He might break in half if he gets knee-to-knee with the wrong person. As a result, I believe that I should start the text with what I know rather than what might one day be.

Holmgren weighs 195 pounds and 7 feet tall. As a freshman at Gonzaga in 2021–2022, he had an average of 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

Smith is 6′ 10″ and weighs 220 lbs. Kessler is 245 pounds and 7 feet tall.

Jabari Smith’s jump shot is praised by Bruce Pearl

Pearl was asked to discuss how Jabari Smith competes behind the scenes before talking about Holmgren.

Regarding Smith’s competitiveness, Pearl remarked, “I don’t think there’s a concern there. “I believe the question relates to the main factor in your decision to rank him first, in your opinion. In college basketball over the past ten years, only KD (Kevin Durant) may have a better jump jumper from a player of his size. That is both pure and accurate. Right there, we have productivity.

Smith can guard players from one through five because he competes defensively, according to Pearl. “The kid doesn’t lose, which is the main factor. That ranks first. He comes out on top.

Walker Kessler is compared to Al Horford by Bruce Pearl.

Walker Kessler is predicted by USA TODAY Sports to go in the top 25 overall in the 2022 NBA draft. Here is what Pearl stated on Wednesday on Kessler.

He’s a fantastic athlete, Pearl remarked. “People rarely discuss his athleticism, speed, quickness, lateral movement skills, and obviously his ability to elevate. Additionally, he is not seven feet tall. He has a 7-1 and a half record. And a difference of a foot and a half is enormous. He can clearly have an impact on the game. Because of what he did at the rim both offensively and defensively, I believed he was the most significant player in college basketball last year.

After speaking for a few minutes about Kessler, Pearl concluded by contrasting him with NBA centers Brook and Robin Lopez, as well as Al Horford of the Boston Celtics and a former Florida Gators national champion.

Pearl predicted that Kessler will be a dominant 3-point shooter at the next level. Al Horford is a superior stretch five in the NBA at his age despite never making a three while playing for Florida. He is behind Walker. He could be like one of the Lopez twins — a factor at the rim and a factor at the 3-point line.”

The first choice in the 2022 NBA draft belongs to the Orlando Magic. On Thursday, the draft is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET (first round airing on ABC; first and second rounds on ESPN).

The USA Today Network’s chief digital sports producer is Erik Hall. He is accessible via Twitter at @HallErik.

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