As the NBA Draft on June 23 approaches, the Mock Drafts are becoming more refined. The lottery, the Combine and finally the workouts have changed a lot of things for some players, who have seen their odds increase. This is the case ofOusmane Diengexpected in the top 14. Ishmael Kamagate, Hugo Besson et Moussa Diabate are announced in the second round. 2022 looks like a good year for France.
Ousmane Dieng in the lead
Dieng is the most anticipated French player in the 2022 draft. At 19, he comes out of a very promising season with the New Zealand Breakers. Despite a mixed start, the 2.10 m winger perfectly managed to pull himself together and greatly impressed the scouts with his progress. Overall, the nugget from INSEP is considered to be one of the greatest potentials of this cuvée.
His shot creation, his handle and his game vision make him an atypical prospect for his size. His technical abilities, coupled with his physical profile and mobility, make him a very intriguing player. He was also invited to the Green Room, a privilege usually reserved for young people destined for the top 20.
Ousmane Dieng’s rating has increased considerably over the weeks. His behind-the-scenes involvement in the draft has apparently increased his value. From being ranked 17th in the last edition, he climbed to 13th place in HoopsHype’s Aggregated Mock Draft. This ranking compiles predictions from ESPN, The Athletic, Bleacher Report, The Ringer, Sports Illustrated, NBADraft.net, CBS Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo, Basketball News and USA TODAY.
In the most optimistic scenario, that of Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the winger even reaches the 9th position. He would then be selected by the San Antonio Spurs, who rarely hesitate to take players with great potential, but still raw, like Dieng. The author announces it as the possible steal of the draft.
On the contrary, he is 19th on the NBADraft.net list, his lowest ranking. But even for the most pessimistic, the trend remains upwards. For example, it went from 21st to 17th place in the Bleacher Report. However, he is not announced among the lottery picks in our last Mock Draft.
Ismael Kamagate between the first and the second round
Second most anticipated Frenchman of this cuvée, Ismaël Kamagate is in 39th place in the last aggregated Mock Draft of HoopsHype. A very slight increase (+1) compared to its last ranking.
The Bleacher Report even announces him in 25th position, also at the San Antonio Spurs. On the other hand, it is only 55th at CBS Sports and 50th at NBADraft.net. Its place in the draft can therefore be very variable. Nothing is won yet for Kamagate.
The pivot of Paris Basketball has completely exploded in recent years, until becoming a starter in Betclic Elite. In a professional championship, he showed himself physically up to post 5. His rim-runner profile, coupled with his length and his great athletic qualities, should seduce an NBA franchise on draft night.
Hugo Besson and Moussa Diabaté at the end of the draft
Hugo Besson, Dieng’s teammate at the New Zealand Breakers, can also hope to see his name appear on draft night. He’s 52nd in HoopsHype’s Mock Draft, where he’s fallen one spot since the last ranking.
Highlights machine and remarkable scorer, with a flashy game and a very developed basketball IQ, the back made an excellent Combine. Despite this, his physical and defensive abilities pose too many questions for him to aspire to a place in the first round. Besson will have to fight to find playing time in the NBA.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony remains the most optimistic. He puts the Frenchman in 42nd position in his Mock Draft. Nevertheless, it is more generally around places 50 to 60, and even comes out of many forecasts. His selection is not guaranteed.
The same goes for Moussa Diabaté. The Michigan player joined the 57th position in the HoopsHype ranking, after taking 4 places. If most specialists see him out of the draft, Basketball News imagines him in 46th position, at the Detroit Pistons.
After a difficult season with the Wolverines, his decision to stay in the draft surprised many. His athletic qualities and his physical profile (2.11 m for 95 kg) could however seduce a team at the end of the draft. He notably made a good impression at the Combine, the perfect showcase for a prototype like Diabaté.
This year, we could therefore have four French in the 58 choices of the draft. This would be a record since 2005, when Johan Petro, Ian Mahinmi, Ronny Turiaf et Mickaël Gelabale joined the league. A time that now seems distant. But beware: nothing is decided yet for most of them.