NBA Draft 2022: Seton Hall’s Jared Rhoden says whichever teams gives him an opportunity, ‘it’s going to be the best choice they made’



When the NBA Draft takes place Thursday night at Barclays Center, Jared Rhoden will be at his family home in Baldwin, NY enjoying some quality time with his loved ones.

Rhoden will spend the evening with his parents, Matthew and Rosa, and his sisters, Lauren and Marissa. Jared is looking forward to a home-cooked meal from his mom after spending much of the last month out on the road training and working out for NBA teams.

“I’m probably going to get a home-cooked meal from my mother because I haven’t had one of those in while — be with the family and just chill,” the 6-foot-6 Seton Hall senior wing said by phone Wednesday.

“Probably some lamb chops and some asparagus and potatoes. That’s my go to, she makes some mean lamb chops.”

Whether or not Rhoden hears his name called by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, he knows his life is about to change. If he hears his name announced, it will be a “dream come true just to have that opportunity.” If he doesn’t, he knows he could still end up with an NBA club on a Two-Way Contract or on a Summer League team.

“Yeah, man, it’s been a long journey but I’ve just been embracing every moment,” he said. “Just to have it come full circle and finally be here and be able to be home, back with people I love, regardless of whatever happens.” [Thursday]it’s just a steppingstone for what’s coming to me in the future.”

Rhoden, who averaged 15.5 points and 6.7 rebounds last season for the Pirates en-route to being named to the All-Big East First Team, has had 15 workouts with 14 NBA teams, including the Nets, Knicks and Celtics. He worked out twice for the Sacramento Kings, who owns the 4th, 37th and 49th picks.

During the workouts, he’s tried to show NBA teams that his shooting form has improved after he shot 39% from the field last season and 34% from deep.

“Absolutely, I’ve gone to workouts and shot the ball extremely well,” he said. “I think I surprised a lot of NBA teams with my ability to do so. Obviously because my numbers don’t always show that during my college career but I’ve definitely wowed some teams with my ability to shoot and I’ve had some really good numbers in that way.”

Rhoden impressed NBA scouts enough to earn a call-up from the NBA G League Camp in Chicago last month to the NBA Combine, where he teamed up with Rutgers guard Ron Harper Jr., currently projected as the No. 54 pick up ESPN.com.

Though Rhoden is not from New Jersey, he played college basketball there. And he is among several players with Jersey ties in the Draft, including Harper; Dumont native Dominick Barlow, who is mocked as the No. 50 pick by ESPN after spending last season in the Overtime Elite professional league; and Englewood native Tyson Etienne, who played at Wichita State.

“Even though I grew up in New York, even just playing against some of those dudes, competing in the workouts, it’s been cool,” he said. “It’s been natural just interacting with them being East Coast kids, and them living and sharing the same dream that I’m living. That’s one way that we connect.

“It’s cool, me and Ron Harper were rivals in college and high school a little bit, and being on the same Draft Combine team as him and sharing the experience, it’s been fun, man.”

Rhoden is not projected to be drafted by most major mocks, but he will likely end up with a team regardless.

“He has an opportunity but it’s probably going to take him a minute to work his way into our league based on what team he goes to, whether he spends time in the G League or not,” one NBA scout said at the Combine. “But he’s a helluva scorer and he’s got great length. His measurables are good. He’s kind of a jack-of-all-trades, master of none, and there’s a place for guys like that. They just have to find the right spot.”

Rhoden knows his future will change in the next few days regardless of whether his name is called.

“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “I’m just taking it step by step. Whatever happens, just as long as I get my foot in the door, I know I’m going to be able to contribute and make a name for myself like I’ve always done my whole life.

“Regardless of whether I hear my name called or I don’t, whatever team gives me the opportunity is not going to regret it and it’s going to be the best choice they made.”

Ahead of the Draft, Rhoden has heard from former Seton Hall stars Myles Powell (76ers) and Sandro Mamukelashvili (Bucks) about what to expect.

“Yeah, I spoke to both of them in the past couple days pretty extensively, and they’ve just been telling me to stay grounded,” he said. “Don’t get too high, don’t get too low and just stay the course because it’s a long journey. Just be myself, that’s the biggest thing.

“They know who I am, they embrace me, just be myself and it’s all going to work out.”

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Adam Zagoria is a freelance reporter who covers Seton Hall and NJ college basketball for NJ Advance Media. You may follow him on Twitter @AdamZagoria and check out his Website at ZAGSBLOG.com.



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