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Bruce Pearl tears down Chet Holmgren, compares him to Shawn Bradley before 2022 NBA draft

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Auburn men’s basketball head coach Bruce Pearl interviewed on Wednesday Radio show “McElroy and Kubelik in the morning” ahead of the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday.

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Pearl praised Auburn’s players. Jabari Smith as well as Walker Kessler entering the NBA draft. He also praised Duke Paolo Banchero’s product.

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His words were not so kind to the 7-foot Chet Holmgren Gonzaga, who is predicted to be number two. USA TODAY Sports.

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Pearl’s comments about Holmgren came in response to a question about who he would take in second place behind Jabari Smith. Pearl went with Bunchero.

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Bruce Pearl criticizes Chet Holmgren’s body

Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren (34) reacts to a foul in the Sweet 16 game against Arkansas.
Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren (34) reacts to a foul in the Sweet 16 game against Arkansas.

“Chet is intriguing, but it was Sean Bradley“Pearl said, referring to the Philadelphia 76ers’ number two overall. 1993 NBA draft.

At 7’6″, Bradley played in the NBA from 1993 to 2005 but never made the NBA All-Star team. He led the NBA in blocks in the 2000-01 season and was in the top five in blocks seven times.

“The NBA means no boys allowed,” Pearl said, continuing to talk about Holmgren. “And this body scares me. The way it is. He goes knee to knee with the wrong guy, and he could be broken in half. not what could potentially ever be.”

Holmgren 7ft 195lbs. He averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists at Gonzaga as a freshman in 2021-22.

Smith 6ft 10in 220 lbs. Kessler 7’1 and 245 lbs.

Bruce Pearl praises Jabari Smith’s jump shot

Before Pearl talked about Holmgren, Pearl was asked to talk about how Jabari Smith competed backstage.

“I don’t think it’s a concern,” Pearl said of Smith’s competitiveness. “I think the question is about, I think, the #1 reason you take him #1. Absolutely the jump shot is the best of any man his size in the last 10 years in college basketball – all the way to KD (Kevin Durant) can to be. It’s pure and it translates. It’s productivity straight away.

“Secondly, he can defend from first to fifth because he competes defensively,” Pearl continued about Smith. “Reason number 1 is that the child does not lose. It’s No. 1. He doesn’t lose.”

Bruce Pearl compares Walker Kessler to Al Horford

USA TODAY Sports projects Walker Kessler become the 25th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. Here’s what Pearl had to say about Kessler on Wednesday.

“He’s an amazing athlete,” Pearl said. “People don’t talk about his athleticism, his speed, his quickness, his ability to move sideways – obviously his ability to climb. And he’s not 7 feet. He’s 7-1 and a bit. And an inch and a half. are of great, great importance. So obviously he can influence the game. I think he was the most influential player in college basketball last year because of what he did on the rim both offensively and defensively.”

Pearl talked about Kessler for a couple of minutes and ended by comparing him to the Boston Celtics forward and former national champion Florida Gators. Al Horford along with NBA centers Brook and Robin Lopez.

“I think at the next level he will be the dominant three-pointer,” Pearl said of Kessler. “Al Horford never made a three in Florida, never made a three in Florida, and he is one of the best fives in the NBA at his age. Walker is ahead of him. He could be like one of the Lopez twins – a factor at the rim and a factor at the 3-point line.”

The Orlando Magic are the first pick in the 2022 NBA draft.. The draft is scheduled to begin Thursday at 7:30 pm ET (first round aired on ABC, first and second rounds on ESPN).

Eric Hall is the lead digital sports producer for the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallEric.

This article originally appeared on the Montgomery Advertiser website: Auburn’s Bruce Pearl defeated Chet Holmgren ahead of the 2022 NBA draft


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