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3 Tigers land inside ESPN’s 2022 NBA Draft top 100

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The 2022 NBA Draft could very well feature a distinct Memphis flavor, especially if Jonathan Givony’s latest rankings are any indication of what’s to come. 

Givony, ESPN’s draft analyst, released a list of the top draft-eligible prospects and ranked them 1-100. Three Tigers were included in the top 70 of the first iteration of Givony’s list. 

Freshman center Jalen Duren is slotted at No. 4, behind only Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Duke’s Paolo Banchero and the G League’s Jalen Hardy. Sophomore wing Earl Timberlake, who transferred to Memphis from Miami, comes in at No. 23. Senior forward DeAndre Williams is ranked 70th. 

The 6-foot-10 Duren is the 5th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2021 and committed to the Tigers earlier this month. Timberlake transferred to Memphis after an injury-plagued freshman season with the Hurricanes, but he still averaged 9.3 points and five rebounds in seven games. Williams, in his first season at Memphis, was second on the team in scoring (11.7) and rebounding (5.8). 

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