The Detroit Pistons yesterday selected Jaden Ivey with the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Ivey, 6-4, 195, averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 0.9 steals in 31.5 minutes over 36 games for Purdue in 2021-22. Ivey garnered consensus All-America Second Team honors and was both a 2021-22 All-Big Ten First Team and Big Ten-All Tournament selection in his sophomore campaign. He became the fourth Big Ten player in the last 30 years to record at least 600 points, 175 rebounds, 100 assists, 30 steals and 20 blocks in a season, joining Draymond Green, Frank Kaminsky and Evan Turner. The South Bend, Ind. native was selected as a 2021-22 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year finalist and helped lead Purdue to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
In his freshman campaign, Ivey was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team after totaling 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.7 steals in 24.2 minutes through 23 games. His scoring average was the sixth-highest by a Boilermaker freshman in school history. He became the second Big Ten freshman (Miles Bridges) since 1992-93 to average minimums of 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists with at least 12 blocked shots in conference games, and was one of three freshmen nationally to do it against conference opponents in 2020-21 (Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley).
Ivey is the son of Niele Ivey, the current women’s basketball head coach at Notre Dame and a former WNBA player who suited up for the Detroit Shock in 2005. His father, Javin Hunter, was born in Detroit and attended Detroit Country Day prior to playing for the Baltimore Ravens as a wide receiver in 2002. His grandfather, James Hunter, also played in the NFL as a defensive back for seven seasons with the Detroit Lions.
Ivey is the third top-five selection for the Pistons since 1995 (Cade Cunningham and Darko Milicic) and the first player selected in the NBA Draft Lottery from Purdue since the 1994 NBA Draft (Glenn Robinson).