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Bruce Pearl tears down Holmgren, compares him to Shawn Bradley

Bruce Pearl tears down Holmgren, compares him to Shawn Bradley

Auburn men’s basketball head coach Bruce Pearl did an interview Wednesday on the “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning” radio show ahead of the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday.

Pearl had high praise for Auburn players Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler entering the NBA draft. He also praised Duke product Paolo Banchero.

His words weren’t so kind for Gonzaga’s 7-footer Chet Holmgren, who is the projected No. 2 pick by USA TODAY Sports.

Pearl’s comments about Holmgren came in response to a question about who he’d take No. 2 after Jabari Smith. Pearl went with Banchero.

“Chet’s intriguing, but so was Shawn Bradley,” Pearl said referring to the Philadelphia 76ers No. 2 overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft.

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