NBA Combine Results 2022: Thursday Measurements, Highlights and Top Prospects

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 19, 2022

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: NBA Prospect, JD Davison, participates in the Shuttle Run drill during the 2022 NBA Draft Combine on May 18, 2022 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The 2022 NBA draft combine entered into its second day in Chicago on Thursday.

Not surprisingly, some of the top prospects in this year's class chose to limit their participation in the event. Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith canceled their media availability, and none of the three has taken part in the measurement portion.

But there was still plenty of talent on display at Wintrust Arena in the Windy City.


Full combine results are available at NBA.com


Jaden Ivey opted against speaking with the pool of reporters as well, but he did give a few interviews. In one chat with ESPN's Mike Schmitz, he made quite the revelation:

Matt Pennie @matt_pennie

Jaden Ivey telling Mike Schmitz his first step burst is called the BAJA BLAST is perfection.

NBA Draft @NBADraft

Jaden Ivey talks about the benefits of watching NBA players work out when his mom, Niele, was an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies 💯<br><br>Microsoft Surface <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBACombine?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBACombine</a> <a href="https://t.co/c2jPjTaxuv">pic.twitter.com/c2jPjTaxuv</a>

With an admission like that, a Mountain Dew endorsement is surely in the offing for the Purdue star.

In his most recent mock draft, Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman projected Terquavion Smith to land at the No. 30 pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Based on how he performed at the combine, the North Carolina State star might not be around that long.

Smith garnered quite a bit of praise on social media.

John Hollinger @johnhollinger

Getting some big Bones Hyland '21 Combine vibes from Terquavion Smith right now.

Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass

More highlights for Terquavion Smith's draft case. Really good first half, showing burst off ball screen, handful of smart PnR passing reads, hit a floater and deep contested 3, got up for big O-board, forced jump ball defending drive. Doing a lot.

Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

Terquavion Smith really showing his burst, shot-making and overall scoring instincts at the NBA Combine so far. Has had some good reps passing on the move as well. Impressive stuff. <a href="https://t.co/URLHk28Cbb">pic.twitter.com/URLHk28Cbb</a>

Jeremy Woo @JeremyWoo

NC State's Terquavion Smith put up 12 points in the first half of this first game and has been the clear standout to me so far. Good stuff happens when he touches the ball. Bucket-getter by nature, but has made several nice passing reads and looks comfortable. Still 19 years old.

Mike Schmitz @Mike_Schmitz

Which prospect could break out in 5-on-5 and leave Chicago as a 1st round pick? Dynamic NC State guard Terquavion Smith would be my pick. Smith has the type of shotmaking ability, confidence &amp; microwave scoring built for the combine. Big fan of how he projects to the next level. <a href="https://t.co/WX7xPKv6XD">pic.twitter.com/WX7xPKv6XD</a>

As with Smith, teams hopeful of Jalen Williams slipping to the early stage of the second round might be disappointed on draft night. The Santa Clara star gave a strong account of himself Thursday.

John Hollinger @johnhollinger

Wondering if I underhsot on Santa Clara's Jalen Williams. Two big dunks already, bouncier in person than he seemed on tape.

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie

The Jalen Williams hype train is leaving the station. Hope you bought stock a while ago. <a href="https://t.co/xMv010xlEO">https://t.co/xMv010xlEO</a>

Wisconsin's Johnny Davis is viewed as a firm lottery pick by Wasserman, who mocked the first-team All-American to the Washington Wizards at No. 10.

Davis confirmed to reporters he has met with representatives for the Detroit Pistons, who are on the board at No. 5. He added he interviewed with the San Antonio Spurs (No. 9) on Wednesday, saying that joining a Gregg Popovich-coached team "is something I would really want to happen."

Along with Davis, Arizona wing Benedict Mathurin was one of the notable players who did press availability. He confirmed he has already interviewed with the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers.

Mathurin emphasized he wants to wind up in the "right spot" and isn't as focused on where he's selected.

At 21, Keegan Murray certainly isn't old by any stretch of the imagination, but he is a year or two older than most of the top players in this year's draft. The Iowa star pushed back on the idea he has a lower ceiling than his peers.

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII

Just talked to Keegan Murray about the biggest misconception about his game, being “21 in an 18yos body,” Luka Garza and, yes, he’s been talking to the Pistons <a href="https://t.co/cJsiAXN6lv">pic.twitter.com/cJsiAXN6lv</a>

Adam Finkelstein @AdamFinkelstein

Keegan Murray on the narrative that he has less upside than other prospects in the lottery, despite the massive gains he’s made in each of the last few years. <a href="https://t.co/ZdCfahbBz7">pic.twitter.com/ZdCfahbBz7</a>

Beyond just solidifying the stock of players near the top of draft boards, the combine is an opportunity for others to get themselves on the radar of an NBA team for future consideration.

Neither Kofi Cockburn nor Kenneth Lofton Jr. was among Wasserman's top 50 players, but both performed well in Chicago. In the case of Lofton, he might be preparing for another year of college to continue working on his game.

NBA Draft @NBADraft

Kofi Cockburn going to work!<br><br>Microsoft Surface <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBACombine?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBACombine</a> <a href="https://t.co/0vVW536Xcj">pic.twitter.com/0vVW536Xcj</a>

Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

Kofi Cockburn with the monster offensive rebound in traffic and tough finish through contact. Already has 11 points, 11 rebounds in limited minutes. <a href="https://t.co/jqOvtJ5oWZ">pic.twitter.com/jqOvtJ5oWZ</a>

Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

Kenneth Lofton Jr showing his polished footwork and high skill level attacking the closeout after a bruising screen and finishing softly off the glass. Having a great first game at the NBA Combine. <a href="https://t.co/xxUg3LU7fO">pic.twitter.com/xxUg3LU7fO</a>

Jeremy Woo @JeremyWoo

Kenneth Lofton Jr. just blew up a passing lane and went coast to coast for a reverse layup, which was pretty awesome

NBA Draft @NBADraft

Kenny Lofton Jr. put on a show at the Microsoft Surface <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBACombine?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBACombine</a>! <a href="https://t.co/tRB91dJX7w">pic.twitter.com/tRB91dJX7w</a>

The combine will conclude Friday. Coverage will begin at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN and move to ESPNews at 2 p.m. ET.

Once the combine is over, teams will be able to schedule workouts with individual prospects, and fans will certainly be eager to see whether any general managers tip their hands as to their first-round plans.