2023 NBA draft stock watch: Wembanyama's development, Scoot's uneven start and why the college season lacks some intrigue

Victor Wembanyama is emerging as the most productive player in France's LNB Pro A league. Glenn Gervot/Icon Sportswire

The 2022-23 college basketball season is here and so is the first stock watch for June's NBA draft. The top three players in the eyes of ESPN NBA draft expert Jonathan Givony -- France's Victor Wembanyama, the G League Ignite's Scoot Henderson and Overtime Elite's Amen Thompson -- won't play a second of college basketball this season. But there are plenty of talented prospects who will suit up for your favorite college in what's projected to be another deep draft class.

Givony provides the latest on Wembanyama's development for French team Metropolitans 92 and Henderson's first two regular-season games of 2022-23 for the Ignite after the two wowed basketball fans with their performances last month in Las Vegas. In addition, ESPN has been at practices and scrimmages across the country in recent weeks to get a first look at a number of prospects, including Amen and Ausar Thompson, and freshmen Nick Smith (Arkansas), Keyonte George (Baylor) and Dillon Mitchell (Texas).

The Wembanyama train rolls on

Wembanyamania hit its peak with a pair of exhilarating October performances against the Ignite. The 7-foot-4 super prospect posted 73 points in 70 minutes with a breathtaking display of shot-making, ballhandling, shot-blocking and passing unlike anything we've ever seen before.