DETROIT PISTONS AGREE IN PRINCIPLE TO ACQUIRE DRAFT RIGHTS TO JALEN DUREN
The Detroit Pistons have announced that the team has agreed in principle to acquire the draft rights to Jalen Duren from the New York Knicks as part of a larger deal that is expected to be finalized after the moratorium ends on July 6.
Selected with the 13th pick in tonight’s draft, Duren, 6-10, 250, averaged 12.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.1 blocks in 25.2 minutes over 29 games for Memphis in 2021-22. In his lone collegiate season, Duren was named American Athletic Conference (AAC) Freshman of the Year and was both an All-AAC First Team and All-Freshman Team selection. Duren was also a six-time AAC Freshman of the Week choice and earned All-AAC Tournament Team honors in postseason play.
The Philadelphia native led the AAC in rebounds and blocks a year ago, while leading Memphis in scoring on .597 shooting from the field. He recorded three games with at least 20 points and nine games with double-digit rebounds, including becoming the fourth freshman in the nation since 2010-11 to record at least 20 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks in a game.
Duren was the youngest player (18 years, 218 days) in the NBA Draft this year and played at Montverde Academy for his junior year in high school after competing for two seasons at Roman Catholic in Philadelphia.