Michigan’s Caleb Houstan will also test NBA draft waters

Another Michigan basketball player will test the waters of the NBA.

Caleb Houstan, the freshman combo guard who started all 34 games for the Wolverines, said for the 2022 NBA Draft, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony announced Monday evening.

Houstan joins Michigan teammate Moussa Diabate, who announced earlier Monday that he also plans to enter the draft. Both players have opted out of hiring agents at this time, which allows them to retain their NCAA eligibility.

Like Diabate, Houstan could choose to return to Michigan for the 2022-23 season.

Houstan has not publicly announced his decision, although the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft — set for June 23 in Brooklyn, NY — was Sunday night.

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As a true freshman, Houstan averaged 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game during the 2021-22 season, winning Big Ten honors week in January. But the 6-foot-8, 205-pound winger has been inconsistent for much of the season, turning it on for some games while keeping quiet for others.

Houstan is not a projected first-round pick, and may not be a second-round lock either, suggesting a return is likely. But the pre-draft process is important for a prospect of his stature, allowing Houstan to garner additional feedback from NBA teams as to where he stands.

You may recall that Michigan center Hunter Dickinson, who announced his intention to return to Ann Arbor for one more season on Sunday, declared himself for the NBA draft last year before retiring.

Houstan was a consensus five-star prospect and a top-10 player at Montverde Academy in Florida. The native of Mississauga, Ont., led Team Canada to a bronze medal at the FIBA ​​U19 Basketball World Cup 2021.

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