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2022 NBA draft: Purdue G Jaden Ivey overcome with emotion after going 5th overall to Pistons

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It was personal to Jaden Ivy, in a good way. With the fifth overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons selected defenseman Perdue and came full circle for him and his family.

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Ivey’s mother, Notre Dame sorority head coach Niele Ivey, played for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, his grandfather James Hunter played for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, and his father Javin Hunter, a former NFL wide receiver, was born in Detroit. Now Ivy is heading to the same city.

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He was visibly thrilled after his name was called at Madison Square Garden (video above).

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After breaking down in tears during an ESPN interview with his mother next to him, Ivey also met with Spike Lee backstage.

Ivey averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in his second season at Purdue, earning second-team All-American honors. “Explosive” is a common word in his scouting reports, which he pairs with a claimed 6ft 9in wingspan to form an effective offensive finishing blow and a defensive threat.

The 20-year-old has created one of the NBA’s most exciting young backcourts alongside Cade Cunningham, the 2021 No. 1 overall pick, who finished third in last year’s Rookie of the Year voting after showing himself strong in recent years. months.

In nearly every tryout draft, Ivey was fourth overall for the Sacramento Kings, but with the odd caveat that a trade was suspected. While Ivey was the accepted No. 4 prospect in the draft and the top backcourt player, he had no contact with the Kings during the pre-draft process, which led the team to Iowa’s Keegan Murray with a pick.

Jayden Ivey dons a Detroit Pistons cap after the Pistons selected him fifth overall in the NBA Basketball Draft on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York City.  (AP Photo/John Mincillo)
Jaden Ivey is following in his family’s footsteps in Detroit. (AP Photo/John Mincillo)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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