Caleb Houstan, a star basketball player for Michigan, has decided to enter the NBA Draft 2022 and forego his remaining collegiate eligibility, according to the team’s official Twitter account. Houston declared for the draft on April 25, one day before the deadline, and was initially ineligible. The NBA scouting combine was skipped by the former five-star recruit.
According to the most recent information, Houstan is not considered a first-round pick at this moment.
“Currently, neither Houstan nor (Moussa) Diabate are seen as first-round prospects, but are high-ceiling, former five-star recruits that NBA teams may be watching closely in individual workouts, as they see if they are developmental prospects they want to work with now,” The Michigan Insider’s Zach Shaw wrote on April 25.
Houstan had an immediate impact on the Wolverines as a freshman, being one of only two players to start all 34 games during the 2021-22 season. After a disappointing regular season, he helped Michigan reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Houstan was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per game, with 17 games in which he scored in double figures and two games in which he scored more than 20 points. He led the Wolverines in 3-point field goals made with 60, and he shot 35.5 percent from outside the arc.
He had one double-double and was fourth on the team in rebounding at four per game. He has two games when he grabbed at least ten rebounds.
Houstan committed to Michigan in 2021 after graduating from Montverde Academy in Florida. He was ranked No. 11 overall, No. 3 power forward, and No. 2 prospect in the state of Florida by many. He picked Michigan over 13 other schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Duke, North Carolina, and Tennessee, as a McDonald’s All-American.
“Houstan is a long and lean shooter who is an excellent low maintenance prospect,” Jenkins wrote in his evaluation. “He is a perfect stretch four with his size and skill level. What sets him apart from his peers is his feathery catch-and-shoot jump shot that he knocks down at an efficient rate. Outside of him being a very good catch and shoot artist that can also put the ball on the floor some when attacking late closeouts. His length and decent athletic ability allow him to be an effective rebounder inside. Houstan is talented and will be an elite kick out option for Juwan Howard and Michigan.”