Shaedon Sharpe missed his freshman year at Kentucky and has played zero minutes in college — but he’s still expected to be a lottery pick after declaring for the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday.
Earlier this month, Sharpe announced his plans to enter the draft while maintaining his college eligibility — which runs out on June 1.
The 6-6 guard is projected as the No. 6 pick by ESPN, and his draft stock increased due to his sheer potential.
He made ESPN’s top-100 recruits after dominating play last summer on the Nike EYBL circuit, where he averaged 22.6 points and 5.8 rebounds on 36.1% three-point shooting.
By the 2021-22 NBA rookie scale, he would make roughly $5.4 million in his first year if picked sixth — and $17.1 million through the first three years of his deal. The top pick stands to make $9.1 million in the first year and $28.3M through three years.
The 18-year-old from Ontario is already earning: Sharpe struck an NIL deal with sneaker community SoleSavy in late January.