Houston, Diabate selected by Magic, Clippers in second round NBA draft

Houston, Diabate selected by Magic, Clippers in second round NBA draft

06/23/2022 23:19:00

// Tom Vyrot

• Michigan NBA history | Wolverines in professional basketball

BROOKLYN, New York — Freshman quarterback on the University of Michigan men’s basketball team. Caleb Hustan was selected by the Orlando Magic in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night (June 23) at the Barclays Center. Classmate Moussa Diabate joined Houston in the second round after his second round pick (43rd overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Houston, the third Wolverine freshman to leave the NBA draft early, becomes the 64th UM player ever to be drafted in the NBA. He joins first overall pick Paolo Bankero (Duke) as well as former Wolverines Franz and Moritz Wagner and Ignace Brazdeikis in Orlando.

One of only two Wolverines to start in all 34 games last season, Housten averaged 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in his only season in Ann Arbor. Posting double figures in half of his games (17), he had two consecutive career-high 21-point games against Rutgers (February 23) and No. 15 Illinois (February 27).

With 55 percent of his shooting from long range, Housten led the Wolverines with 60 threes. He became the first Michigan freshman to eclipse 50 in a season since Ignas Brazdeikis (56; 2018-19), who is also a Mississauga, Ontario native. In addition to scoring, Housten played 11 games with 5+ rebounds, scoring two career-best 10 games against Tarlton State (November 24) and Wisconsin (February 10).

Diabate, the fourth UM freshman to enter the NBA draft, impressed with his energy and flashy dunks. Starting in 26 of 32 games, he averaged nine points and six rebounds per game, helping him enter the Big 10 on the freshman team. He highlighted his 13 double-digit games with 28 points in Iowa (February 17), where he finished 12-for-15 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds.

In addition to those eight rebounds against the Hawkeyes, he made 5+ boards in 23 games, including a career-best 13 rebounds against the Minnesota (December 11) in one of his two games with 10+ rebounds. He was second on the team in field goal percentage (.542) and 28 blocks. In conjunction with Hunter Dickinson49, the duo scored 77 out of 112 UM blocks.

Michigan NBA Draft Notes

• Michigan has a choice of 65 NBA Draft; with 14 picks since 2011 (nine in the first round, six in the second round)
• Michigan has 29 first round picks — last: Franz Wagner; Orlando Magic (8th overall, 2021)
• Michigan has 13 second round picks — last: Isaiah liver; Detroit Pistons (42nd overall, 2021)
• Michigan has two No. 1s overall – Kazzi Russell (1966) and Chris Webber (1993).
• Michigan has the top six picks — last: Juwan Howard; No. 5, Washington Wizards (1994)
• Michigan has 18 lottery picks — latest: Franz Wagner; Orlando Magic (8th overall, 2021)
• In Michigan, multiple Wolverines were selected 16 times in the same draft. Last time: Franz Wagner and Isaiah Liver (2021)

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