Looking Ahead: NCAA Matchup of Week Features Handful of NBA Prospects
Every week there are a ton of exciting college matchups showcasing future NBA talent. So NBA fans can take a peek at the players who will make an impact at the next level one day.
With the conference kicking off, we’ll see how these prospects perform with higher stakes and in rivalry games. This time of year is when the best of the best start to separate as the best players.
As for future draft prospects, which college game are we most excited about heading into the week?
Creighton Bluejays vs. UCONN Huskies
Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. EST | Channel
Prospects starring: Arthur Kaluma, Ryan Kalkbrenner, Trey Alexander, Jordan Hawkins, Adama Sanogo, Andre Jackson
As these two teams face off at the Gampel Pavillion, UConn will host Creighton in a game filled with several NBA talents.
For the Bluejays, the two most notable prospects are Ryan Kalkbrenner and Arthur Kaluma.
Kalkbrenner was one of the best players in the playoffs last year, posting a C-Ram of 15.6 according to Cerebro Sports. This season he landed a 91 DSI, 89 PSP and 85 ATR. A legit 7-footer, he’s starting to prove he can knock down perimeter shots on limited attempts.
On the wing, Kaluma has the skills to be a next-level 3-and-D player. In his second college season, the 6-foot-7 forward improved his goal production and efficiency by 3 points. Another name to watch when watching Creighton is Trey Alexander, who is impacting both sides and has improved tremendously year on year.
Although coming off of a loss, UConn is still one of the best teams in the entire country. The Huskies are led by potential first-round pick Jordan Hawkins, who has established himself as one of the best 3-point shooters in this class. Alongside him in the backcourt is Andre Jackson, who isn’t the greatest offensive prospect, but has a ton of upside as a lockout defender.
Adama Sonogo has improved in each of his three seasons at UConn and is now firmly on NBA radars. Standing at 6-foot-9, he has extended his game to the perimeter and is one of the team’s leading scorers.
With the talent of these two teams, this will be one of the most exciting games of the week. There is a chance that more than six players in this contest will play at the NBA level one day.