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Shaedon Sharpe

6-foot-5, 198 pounds, Guard, Kentucky

There is no more mysterious player in the 2022 draft than Shaedon Sharpe. Despite being listed as a prospect from Kentucky, Sharpe never qualified for the Wildcats. In fact, he hasn’t competed in a competitive basketball game in almost a year.

A native of Ontario, Canada, he moved to Kansas to play for Sunrise Christian Academy during his sophomore year of high school, then switched to Arizona’s Dream City Christian for his junior season in 2020 when he was unranked in the Class of 2022. Then a dominant Last summer’s performance with the UPlay Canada team in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League caught everyone’s attention. The tournament is often a testing ground for future NBA stars, and Sharpe averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28.3 minutes per game in 12 games.

Sharpe graduated high school a year early and enrolled in Kentucky this spring. Though there were rumors he would join the team on the court or return for the 2022-23 season, he has signed on to the NBA draft instead. And with good reason: he’ll almost certainly make the top 10.

“In terms of physical ability and sheer talent, it’s all there,” Givony said. “He’s a dynamic shotmaker, an aggressive defender, a smart passer.”

NBA teams didn’t get to see much of him, but his 6-foot-11 wingspan, explosive athleticism, and polished shooting shot could make most NBA teams outside of the top 5 take the risk.

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