The 2022 NBA Draft is set to take place on Thursday, June 23rd. Following the results of the NBA Draft Lottery, we now have a full picture of this year’s order of picks. There are plenty of quality prospects in this year’s NBA Draft class. Among the players that are expected to be lottery picks this year is center Jalen Duren out of Memphis. The following is a complete Jalen Duren draft profile including stats, highlights and an NBA Mock Draft projection.
Jalen Duren NBA Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection
Team: Memphis Tigers
2021-22 Jalen Duren Stats | Memphis Tigers
Jalen Duren Draft Profile
It’s not often that a player comes along at 18 years of age with the physical size to compete in the NBA. Jalen Duren has the body of a man who has been in the league for a few years and has quite a knack for high-flying plays whether it’s throwing down a lob or swatting a shot a few rows into the crowd. Duren’s best trait is his ability to grab any and all offensive rebounds that are in his vicinity. He looked good defensively in spurts against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament and has shown the ability to guard almost anyone in the low post.
Duren can be a good player in the NBA, but he has a lot of maturing to do. While that’s not surprising for an 18-year-old, he’s certainly more of a project than some of the other players near the top of the board. He had a tendency all season to commit silly fouls which ended up in him having to sit for long periods of time. Duren also commits silly turnovers too often when he tries to play too fast. While he did look incredibly dominant at times in college, it’s also important to remember he played in the AAC conference that is very thin in terms of capable big men. The NBA will be a huge jump and one that may prove difficult for him.
Jalen Duren Highlights
Jalen Duren Draft Projection
All 2022 NBA Draft projections are taken from the latest Yahoo! Sports NBA Mock Draft by Krysten Peek.
Jalen Duren is currently projected to be drafted by the Atlanta Hawks at No. 16 overall.