Michigan freshman Caleb Houston will remain in the 2022 NBA draft and forego his remaining college eligibility. the program announced on Wednesday.
Houston, a former five-star Montverde Academy recruit, averaged 10.1 points, four rebounds and 1.4 assists on 35.5% shots from 3-point range in 34 games. He started every game for the Wolverines and led the team with 60 3-pointers.
The 6ft-8 forward was once viewed as a potential lottery pick but failed to live up to expectations last season. He is now considered a frontier in the first round but is said to have received a draft promise after deciding to skip the combine last month.
According to one report, the Oklahoma City Thunder were most frequently mentioned among executives as the team that could have made Houston a promise. Oklahoma City is going into the draft with three first-round picks (Nos. 2, 12, and 30) and has made several promises in the past.
Of course, at this point it’s purely speculative that the Thunder might give Houston a guarantee, but the 19-year-old will have an opportunity to improve his stock in interviews and private practice sessions with teams ahead of the June 23 draft.
Houston had until 11:59 p.m. EDT Wednesday to withdraw from the draft.
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