Toronto Raptors draft: 3 Gonzaga prospects Masai Ujiri could select

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Mark Few of the Gonzaga Bulldogs (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Mark Few of the Gonzaga Bulldogs (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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Rasir Bolton, Toronto Raptors
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 18: Rasir Bolton #45 of the Gonzaga University Bulldogs, a Toronto Raptors draft target, dribbles around Clarence Nadolny #3 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Raptors will go into the 2022 NBA Draft armed with a very high second-round pick. Depending on how the Pistons finish out the season, that selection could easily end up being as high as the first pick in the second round. They may look to Spokane for reinforcements, as Gonzaga is teeming with pro prospects.

While Mark Few and the Bulldogs have built their style of play around top recruit and potential No. 1 pick Chet Holmgren, the back end of this roster features multiple players that should hear their name called when June rolls around. Toronto may be in a position to snag one of them.

Be it expert shooters, a big man that can put up points in a hurry, or a combo point guard that can play multiple positions, Toronto would be spoiled for choice if they place a premium on prospects from Gonzaga. Don’t let the supposed lack of amazing competition fool you.

If Gonzaga once again goes on a deep run in the NCAA tournament, Masai Ujiri could be very interested in one of these three prospects. With no chance that Holmgren will end up in Toronto this season, Ujiri will need to pivot to one of these three alternatives in the second round.

Toronto Raptors draft: 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs to take in 2022

3. SG Rasir Bolton

Bolton has taken a very long, winding road before ending up as one of the main components of the Bulldogs this season. After transferring from both Iowa State and Penn State, Bolton is having one of his more efficient seasons every despite some questionable volume.

Bolton is averaging just 11.2 points per game, but he’s doing so while making 50% of his shots overall and a ridiculous 47% from 3-point range. Ujiri is typically very high on players with multiple years of collegiate experience, and that could help Bolton land in Toronto.

Raptors draft: Rasir Bolton could be a weapon from 3-point range.

Concerns around Bolton stem from his lack of amazing athletic ability and offensive versatility. After a very long college career, some teams might not be interested in using draft capital to select a 22-year-old that derives most of his value from being a stationary 3-point shooter.

With Svi Mykhailiuk not replicating the hot start he had earlier in the year and Toronto’s general lack of shooting off the bench, Bolton would provide a major upgrade in that area. After amassing nearly five rebounds and four assists per game with Iowa State, Bolton could help this team in other areas if his shot isn’t working.