Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters

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Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
© Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports Wyoming Cowboys guard Hunter Maldonado will test the draft waters.

Utah Valley big man Fardaws Aimaq is testing the NBA Draft waters and has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal, he tells Travis Branham of 247Sports.com (Twitter link). Aimaq, who also declared for the draft in 2021 before eventually withdrawing, had a big junior year, averaging 18.9 PPG, 13.6 RPG and 1.3 BPG in 32 games (34.4 MPG) for Utah Valley.

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Wyoming shooting guard Hunter Maldonado will also enter the draft while retaining his remaining year of NCAA eligibility, he announced on Twitter. As a senior in 2021-22, he put up 18.5 PPG, 6.3 APG and 5.7 RPG in 33 games (37.3 MPG). He has one more year of eligibility left due to the adjustments the NCAA made in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like Aimaq and Maldonado, Louisiana Tech sophomore forward Kenneth Lofton Jr. will test the draft waters this spring, announcing his decision on Twitter. In 33 games (27.0 MPG) this season, Lofton averaged a double-double, posting 16.5 PPG and 10.5 RPG to go along with 2.8 APG and 1.2 SPG.

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Finally, Washington junior forward/center Nate Roberts announced on Twitter that he’s entering the draft and intends to sign with an agent. Roberts, who started all 32 games he played for Washington this season, wasn’t much of an offensive threat, averaging 5.5 PPG, but he was the team’s leading rebounder (7.5 RPG).

Here are a few more draft-related notes:

  • Following the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz (Insider link) evaluated how several of the top prospects fared and updated their mock draft.
  • Meanwhile, Sam Vecenie of The Athletic focused on the top players from a few of the tournament’s Cinderella teams, exploring whether Tyrese Hunter (Iowa State), Hunter Dickinson (Michigan) and Kameron McGusty (Miami), among others, are viable NBA prospects.
  • The Pistons would be the ideal landing spot for Chet Holmgren, according to Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer, who ranks the top 11 fits for the Gonzaga big man. O’Connor’s list only includes lottery-bound teams that will have a realistic shot at drafting Holmgren with a top pick.
  • Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report (Twitter link) thinks there’s a noticeable drop-off after the top four prospects in this year’s draft (Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith and Jaden Ivey). Jeff Goodman of Stadium disagrees, tweeting that the 2022 class is much stronger throughout the lottery than people give it credit for.
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Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters
Several players plan to test 2022 NBA Draft waters

The top programs never to make the men’s Final Four

There is no bigger weekend in college basketball than Final Four weekend. Unfortunately, some schools, including prominent ones, have never been represented in the final three games of the NCAA Tournament. Here we list the top college basketball programs to never reach the men’s NCAA Tournament Final Four.

BYU

The Cougars lead all of men’s college basketball with 29 NCAA Tournament appearances without making a Final Four. They have made three Elite Eights, with the last one coming in 1981.

Xavier

The Musketeers have 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, but they’ve yet to reach the Final Four. Xavier has been a hotbed for head coach development recently with Skip Prosser, Thad Matta, Sean Miller, Chris Mack and now Travis Steele over the past 20-plus years.

Missouri

Former head coach Norm Stewart is known as one of the best basketball coaches to never make the Final Four. The Tigers program has made the NCAA Tournament 27 times, though one of those appearances, 1994, was vacated by the NCAA. The school most recently made the Elite Eight in 2009.

Tennessee

The Vols have a track record of success in both men’s and women’s basketball, but they’ve never made the men’s Final Four in 22 tournament appearances. In fact, their one and only Elite Eight was in 2010.

Utah State

Utah State has made the NCAA Tournament 21 times prior to this year but only made the Elite Eight in 1939 and 1970. The Aggies made the last Big Dance in 2019.

Alabama

The Crimson Tide have seen plenty of success in football but have yet to see the Final Four in men’s basketball after 21 appearances — though the 1987 appearance was vacated by the NCAA. The school did make the Elite Eight in 2004.

Creighton

The Bluejays have made the Elite Eight only once, in 1941, in over 21 NCAA Tournament appearances prior to 2020. They haven’t made the Sweet 16 since 1974.

Boston College

Boston College hasn’t been great of late, but it does have a history of basketball success. The Eagles made the Elite Eight in 1967, 1982 and 1994 out of 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Miami (OH)

Miami has 17 NCAA Tournament appearances, last reaching the Big Dance in 2007. The RedHawks have never gone past the Sweet 16.

Murray State

The Racers have 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in their history but have never even made the Sweet 16.

Arizona State

The Sun Devils have gone to 16 NCAA Tournaments, with one of those appearances (1995) vacated by the NCAA, and they have made three Elite Eights in their history. The last one was in 1975.

Tulsa

Tulsa made the NCAA Tournament in 2016 for the school’s 16th appearance. Its lone Elite Eight showing came under Bill Self in 2000.

Weber State

The Wildcats have twice reached the Sweet 16 in their 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. They last won a game in the tourney in 1999, upsetting North Carolina.

New Mexico

New Mexico has made the NCAA Tournament 15 times, including a streak of three straight from 2012-14. Still, the school has never advanced past the Sweet 16 and hasn’t even gone that far since 1974.

UAB

The Blazers have made some noise in the NCAA Tournament during their 15 appearances, but they’ve reached only one Elite Eight in their history.

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt made its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. The Commodores made only one Elite Eight, in 1965.

Davidson

Davidson has 14 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, including seven in the 21st century. The Wildcats made the Elite Eight three times, including in 2008 with Stephen Curry leading the team.

Texas A&M

The Aggies have made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and reached the Sweet 16 five times, including in 2018.

Ohio

Ohio has made the Sweet 16 as recently as 2012, and its one Elite Eight appearance was in 1964. Still, it hasn’t reached the Final Four in 13 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Pepperdine

Pepperdine has 13 NCAA Tournament appearances in its history but has won only five games all time.

Old Dominion

The Monarchs have made the NCAA Tournament 13 times but have never reached the Sweet 16. Their last appearance was 2019 as a 14 seed. They lost to three-seed Purdue in the first round.

San Diego State

The program made six consecutive appearances before failing to get there in 2016 but made it back in 2018 only to lose in the first round. The Aztecs made the Sweet 16 in 2011 and 2014 and have been in 12 NCAA Tournaments all time.

George Washington

The Colonials have 11 NCAA Tournament appearances but only made the Sweet 16 once. Their golden age was under coach Mike Jarvis during the 1990s, with four appearances and one more after he left in 1999.

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