Raptors rumors: Dyson Daniels, Bennedict Mathurin among 2022 NBA Draft prospects to meet with Toronto

As the 2022 NBA Draft is almost approaching, the Raptors’ brass is doing its due diligence.

While Toronto only currently owns the 33rd pick in the upcoming draft, it had an enhanced presence at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, meeting with a number of notable prospects. As a franchise with a history of striking gold through the draft process, the Raptors’ activity in the lead-up could be viewed as a sign of things to come.

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Could Toronto be active in finding a trade partner to move back into the first round? Have the Raptors found a diamond in the rough that could fall to No. 33? At this point, all cards are on the table.

Here is what we can take from who the Raptors have reportedly met with during the early part of the draft process.

Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite

The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov, who was at the NBA Draft Combine, reported that Daniels listed the Raptors as one of the nine teams he had met with during the pre-draft process.

Daniels, a 6-foot-7 guard from Australia, spent last season as a member of the G League Ignite. On The Sporting News’ latest NBA Mock Draft, Kyle Irving has Daniels slated to go seventh to the Trail Blazers. Why would the Raptors meet with a player slated by many to land in the draft lottery?

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In addition to doing their due diligence, the Raptors could look to move into the back end of the draft lottery, where teams like the Pelicans (8th) and Hornets (12th, 15th) are.

The potential activity extends beyond Daniels, too.

Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

One of the league’s next stars from Canada, Mathurin, a native of Montreal, Quebec, is also a projected lottery pick in 2022.

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Basketball insider Adam Zagoria reports that Mathurin has met with the Raptors, among other teams.

Slated to go 10th overall in TSN’s latest mock, the 6-foot-6 Mathurin will celebrate his 20th birthday just days before the draft. After averaging 17.7 points and 5.6 rebounds during his sophomore season at Arizona, Mathurin is embarking upon the next step in his career.

Like Daniels, acquiring Mathurin on draft night would almost certainly require the Raptors to make a trade in order to move up into the lottery. That, however, would require the Raptors to be enamored with either of them as prospects.

Leonard Miller, Fort Erie Academy

This meeting should bring about plenty of intrigue.

Miller, who is largely unknown coming into the draft process, told Vorkunov that the Raptors are among the teams he has met with so far. An 18-year-old from Fort Erie, Ontario, Miller’s name has quickly drawn draft buzz once it was determined that he was eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft.

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At 6-foot-10 and 211 pounds, Miller has quickly grown into his frame and is viewed as having sky-high potential, something he recently put on display while representing Canada at the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit.

Coming out of the combine, Miller is projected to land between picks 25 and 35, making him an ideal candidate for the Raptors’ selection at 33rd overall. With his frame and skill set, Miller fits the bill of a Raptors pick, but if his stock rises, Toronto again may be forced to work the phones.

Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall

Rhoden is yet another prospect that Vorkunov reports has met with the Raptors.

As a 22-year-old senior, the 6-foot-6 guard averaged 15.5 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Pirates this past season, but he is projected to go late in the second round or undrafted.

Toronto knows how to discover undrafted diamonds, including Fred VanVleet and, more recently, Justin Champagnie. If Rhoden’s name isn’t called during the draft, his agent could get a call from the Raptors, where a Summer League invite could be the start of something special.

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