The Best College Basketball Players Of 2022

Who is the best college basketball player in 2022?  Every fan loves their college hoops team, so this list is a must watch of 2022's top college basketball players as we continue the journey towards March Madness 2022. Featuring the top NBA prospects in the 2022 draft class, these college basketball player rankings include possible Naismith Trophy candidates, mid major darlings, awards dark horses, unknown sleepers, big men on campus, and fabulous freshmen you should keep an eye on. Who is the best player in college basketball right now? Which 2022 college basketball players are ballin' out? 

When ranking the top players in college basketball, you can't leave out UCLA's Johnny Juzang, who led the Bruins on a deep tournament run in 2021. Other potential college basketball player of the year candidates include Gonzaga power forward Drew Timme, Illinois center Kofi Cockburn, and Ohio State small forward E.J. Liddell.   

Vote for the best college players of 2022, and help decide who is the best hooper in college basketball right now! Then vote on who will win March Madness 2022!

  • Paolo Banchero
    Photo: Duke Blue Devils / Instagram

    Coach K’s final season will conclude with the Blue Devils possibly having the best freshman in the sport once again in Paolo Banchero. Banchero has all the physical skills as far as size, strength, and athleticism. He can also make shots. With a chance to be ACC Player of the Year and a darkhorse for National Player of the Year, Banchero and the Blue Devils hope to send Coach K off with a bang in this year's tourney. 

    • Position: Power forward
    • Teams: Orlando Magic
  • Jaden Ivey
    Photo: Purdue Boilermakers / Instagram
    39 votes

    Coming into this season, Purdue had high expectations thanks to their two potential All-Americans, headlined by breakout candidate Jaden Ivey who forms a nice two-man inside/out game alongside Trevion Williams. Ivey is a 6'4" guard who was rather inefficient last season, but came on strong late, while he showed himself to be a big shot maker. Ivey has gained much more consistency as a shooter and playmaker in 2022, as Purdue looks to make a deep run this March.

    • Position: Shooting guard
    • Teams: Detroit Pistons
  • Jabari Smith Jr.
    Photo: / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    After a one-year absence from the NCAA Tournament, Auburn bounced back with a strong season thanks to the addition of Top-5 freshman Jabari Smith Jr.. Smith is a 6'10" modern-day four-man - a good shooter, defender, and scorer - which has translated nicely to a talented Auburn team that leads the SEC. The son of former LSU star Jabari Smith Sr., the Auburn standout hopes to match or beat his father's former Sweet Sixteen (2000) success with his own squad of Tigers this March Madness. 

    • Position: Power forward
    • Teams: Houston Rockets
  • 4
    48 votes

    If I told you Ochai Agbaji had the third best odds to win the 2022 Wooden Award, would you believe me? An irreplaceable cog in the Kansas machine, Agbaji is as steady as they come. But one could argue he’s also Kansas’ 4th most important player (*gasp*), which has been a scary proposition for Big-12 adversaries all season. It's gonna be either Kansas or Baylor coming out of the Big XII as champions, only one of whom will likely earn a #1 seed, so it'll take a string of big games from Agbaji come tourney time to get his Jayhawks to the top.

    • Position: Shooting guard
    • Teams: Utah Jazz
  • Oscar Tshiebwe
    Photo: / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    The "Hulk" of college hoops, Tshiebwe may be better at offensive rebounding than any other college basketball player is at any specific skill. His tireless work ethic and unrelenting physicality is a big reason he leads the country in rebounding at 15+ per game! The current favorite for the 2022 Wooden Award, Tshiebwe is a beast in the paint.

    • Position: Center
    • Teams: Kentucky Wildcats
  • Chet Holmgren
    Photo: Steve Cheng, Bruin Report Online / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    45 votes

    Nearly averaging a double-double with 3 blocks/game, as a true freshman, has one of the best recruits in Gonzaga program history near the top. Holmgren is a legit seven-footer with shades of Kevin Durant with inside-out scoring ability at his size, which makes him an impossible guard while defensively he's an excellent help-side defender because of his elite shot-blocking ability