The NBA draft is Thursday. Will Michigan be represented? If so, how many Wolverines will be selected? And when?
Michigan has four draft-eligible prospects, though only two are viewed as potential picks. Moussa Diabaté and Caleb Houstan, freshmen starters for Michigan last season, could hear their names called. Two other starters, Eli Brooks and DeVante’ Jones, are likely to land Summer League deals after the 58 picks are announced.
Here is where the Wolverines stand in various NBA mock drafts, all of which were updated this week unless otherwise noted. The draft will start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
ESPN (Jonathan Givony)
Houston: No. 38 (San Antonio Spurs Spurs)
Note: Givony, in previous mocks, had Houston as a late first-round pick, but noted he was “one of the big mysteries” of the draft, especially since he declined an invite to the pre-draft combine. Houston landing in Texas seems fitting.
The Athletic (Sam Vecenie)
Houston: No. 34 (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Note: The Athletic published another mock draft, produced by John Hollinger, that covers just the first round and does not include any Wolverines.
SI.com (Jeremy Woo)
Houston: No. 32 (Orlando Magic)
Note: If Woo is correct, Houston would be teamed with former Wolverines Franz and Moe Wagner and Ignas Brazdeikis.
Yahoo Sports (Krysten Peek)
Houston: No. 30 (Denver Nuggets)
Note: Peek projects Houston as the final pick of the first round. “Houston has a ton of NBA upside and is a lights-out shooter, even if it wasn’t put on full display during his one year at Michigan,” she wrote. “Teams in the first round love his size and the way he can shoot over the defense with ease. He’s not as athletic as other players his size but is far from a defensive liability.”
Bleacher Report (Jonathan Wasserman)
Houston: No. 46 (Detroit Pistons); Diabate: No. 53 (Boston Celtics)
Note: Wasserman’s latest update, on June 15, has Houston staying in the state of Michigan and Diabaté going to the Eastern Conference champions.
The Sporting News (Kyle Irving)
Houston: No. 33 (Toronto Raptors); Diabate: No. 58 (Indiana Pacers)
Note: Irving has Houston, a Mississauga, Ontario, native, getting drafted by Toronto and Diabaté as the final pick of the draft (two teams had to forfeit their second-round picks for a violation of league rules).
USA Today/For The Win (Bryan Kalbrosky)
Houston: No. 33 (Toronto Raptors)
A different mock produced by USA Today (Jeff Zillgitt), last week’s mocks from SB Nation (Ricky O’Donnell) and The Ringer (Kevin O’Connor), as well as one from CBS Sports (Colin Ward-Henninger) only include first -round projections and do not feature any Wolverines.
O’Donnell does have Houstan as the 43rd best prospect, while O’Connor lists Houstan (a “projectable 3-and-D role player who plays smart basketball and could excel on some winning teams”) as No. 34 on his big board and Diabaté (“long-armed defender who brings energy on the floor, though he needs to expand his offense away from the rim”) at 45.