UM’s Houstan Considered A First-Round Prospect With Room To Grow

The NBA Draft in Chicago is less than three weeks away, and former University of Michigan guard-forward Caleb Houstan is among those hoping to hear his name called on June 23.

The 6-foot-8 Houstan is among the younger prospects who caught the attention of NBA scouts and coaches with his versatile skill set during his brief time playing in college for the Wolverines. His one season at Michigan included starting all 34 games and averaging 10.1 points.

Among the state’s many online sportsbooks, DraftKings has odds of +10000 on Houstan being selected among the Top 10 picks. FanDuel has posted longshot odds of +50000 on him being taken as the No. 1 pick overall.

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The Mississauga, Ontario, native is one of two Michigan freshmen who entered their names in this year’s draft. Moussa Diabate, a 6-11 post, averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds in his only season at Michigan. Diabate, who was born in Paris, France, but played high school basketball in Florida, is not projected as a first-round talent.

Houstan and Diabate had to decide by June 1 whether to remain in the draft or go back to school and help Michigan coach Juwan Howard have one of the deepest rosters heading into the 2022-23 college campaign. Both opted to keep their names in the NBA Draft, which lasts two rounds.

Versatile with plenty of upside

What makes Houstan a potential first-round draft prospect is his length and steady shooting touch, while he’s still a work in progress with plenty of room to become an even better player. Houstan proved exceptionally steady for a freshman while scoring in double figures in half the Wolverines’ games.

He poured in a career-high 21 points twice (Rutgers, Illinois) in Big Ten action.

NBA scouts like his ability to be able to play in the frontcourt or backcourt. As a perimeter player, he’s shown that he can knock down shots from long range. He made 36% of his 3-pointers last season and led the Wolverines with 60 3-point field goals, including five against both Rutgers and Indiana.

Houstan also averaged 4 rebounds a game for a Michigan team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fifth year in a row, and he’s long enough and athletic enough to become a better rebounder at the next level. He was also one of the Wolverines’ top defenders, ranking third on the team with 25 steals. 

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Author: Bradley King