IN Detroit The Pistons found the perfect partner in the back zone for Cade Cunningham in Jaden Ivey, who made No. 5 as the overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday.
Ivy averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in Purdue last season and was compared to Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant sensation.
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It comes full circle
In a recent interview with The Spun, Ivy expressed some interest in Indiana Pacers, noting his mother, Niall Ivy, played for Indiana’s WNBA fever. But she also played for Detroit Shock in 2005, which Ivy said made Motor City alluring.
The shock is not Ivy’s only previous relationship with Detroit. His father, Javin Hunter, was born in Detroit and attended Birmingham Detroit Country Day before playing for Notre Dame and the NFL.
Ivy’s late grandfather, James Hunter, played defensive back for Detroit The Lions from 1976-82 and marked 27 interceptions in their careers. Hunter was the lions’ choice in the first round in 1976, becoming No. 10 overall.
“This is (Jaden’s) dream come true to be in Detroit,” Nile said in an ABC draft on Thursday. “We have so many amazing roots in Detroit.”
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He is inspired by South Bend
Neil Ivy is the head coach of Notre Dame, where she won the national championship as a player in 2001. She was an assistant to Fighting Irish from 2007-19, before joining the Memphis Grizzlies for a year, then returned to the South Band in 2020. to replace retired Muffet McGraw.
In elementary school, Jaden loved the female basketball stars of Notre Dame, Skyler Diggins-Smith, Arike Ogunboel, and Jewel Lloyd. He even followed his mother on a visit to hire Diggins-Smith.
“She has a kind of arrogance that is different,” Ivy told The Athletic for Diggins-Smith last October. “It’s deadly. Fierce. She really has this fierce competition in her. And you can’t mess with her. When it’s in its mode, you can’t mess with it. And when I’m on the court, I hope people think that about me. “
However, and his mother’s status in South Bend, Ivy turned down offers from Fighting Irish and Butler to sign with Boilermakers. But that didn’t stop Ogunbowale from giving him a special message during the draft.
“I just wanted to say congratulations to the first-round pick,” Ognebowle told Ivey in a pre-recorded ESPN message. “It’s crazy, I even say this, I just see this little boy growing up who wants to be in the gym all the time, working on his game every day to become this young man, a superstar athlete.
“And you’re about to go crazy in the league. I firmly believe that you are really about to take over this league, so I love you, I am proud of you and it is time to go crazy. You know I’m always in your corner. “
It also has a drip
In case you missed him before the draft, Ivy’s interview with ESPN began with a conversation about his clothes. His Armani outfit consisted of a blue velvet suit and bow tie, red shoes underneath, and an icy silver chain.
And the clutch gene, too
One of Ivey’s landmarks in Purdue came on January 30 against Ohio after Bucky erased the 20-point deficit in the second half and nearly upset the boilermakers. With 0.6 seconds left, Ivey shot 3 points over his defender and scored, scoring 81-78.
Greater prospects for Ivy’s impressive second-tier campaign in West Lafayette: He became one of three Big Ten players in the last 30 seasons to record 600 points, 175 rebounds, 110 assists, 30 steals and 20 blocks per season.
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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Jaden Ivy’s grandfather of the Detroit Pistons starred in the Detroit Lions