Basketball players

Michigan basketball players are projected in the latest NBA drafts

June 1 is the key date for Michigan basketball.

The Wolverines are firing Hunter Dickinson after deciding not to enter the NBA draft after his second season, and the Wolverines have released Princeton guard Jaelin Llewellyn from the transfer gate. Corn and Blue also have possible key contributors as freshmen like Jett Howard, Tarris Reed, and Dug McDaniel.

But what could really propel the Wolverines into the next basketball season would be the return of Moussa Diabate and Caleb Houstan. Diabate and Houstan entered the NBA draft while maintaining their eligibility, and they have until June 1 to stay in the draft or return to Michigan.

The return of the two five-star rookies would be great news, but if Michigan can get one back, it would be a major win for the Wolverines entering next season.

There is speculation that Houstan has been guaranteed by a team that he will be selected in the first round, and Diabate had a very good draft combination, which makes Michigan fans uncomfortable if they see the either go back to the Wolverines.

We’ll dig into the latest NBA drafts and see where draft pundits might see Houstan or Diabate go in the 2022 NBA draft.

Kyle Boone with CBS Sports has a mock one-turn draft out, and he has Caleb Houstan with the final pick of the first round.

MICHIGAN • FR • 6’8″ / 205 LBS

GPP

10.1

Roleplay

4

APG

1.4

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35.5%

Houstan was one of only two prospects to decline an NBA Draft Combine invitation, which immediately led to speculation in the industry about a potential promise for the former five-star recruit. OKC, which has three first-round picks, would be a potential contender here at 30 and is more likely than most to take bigger swings in its rebuild.

NBADraft.net has the same thinking as CBS Sports when it comes to Caleb Houstan. In this fictional draft in two rounds, Houstan goes to OKC and Diabate is not selected.

NBA Draft Room has a two-round mock draft and there is neither Houstan nor Diabate in the first round, but both in the second round.

46 Pistons(nets) Moussa Diabate PF – Michigan (France) – HT: 6-10 1/4 – WT: 217 – WING: 7-2 1/2 – Fri – Diabate is an incredibly versatile defender who makes energy plays all over the pitch. He has an elite frame and an emerging game. Jonathan Issac Lite
49 T-Wolves Caleb Houstan SF – Michigan (Canada) – HT: 6-8 – WT: 190 – WING: NA – Fr – Houstan has had a year of ups and downs, but his potential as a 3-point sniper at 6-8 will be very attractive come draft day. Lightweight Mike Dunleavy