An NBA dream has become a reality for Caleb Hustan. After one year with the Michigan Wolverines, Houstan was drafted 32nd overall by the Orlando Magic.
In his only year in Ann Arbor, Houston started all 34 games, averaging 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He shot 38.4% from the field, 35.5% from the three-point range and 78.3% from the free throw line.
Hustan was one of the recruits most awarded the Michigan Medal. He was the highest-grossing recruit to come to Michigan since Glenn Robinson III in 2012 and topped a Michigan major class that included three McDonald’s All-Americans, Moussa Diabatti and Kobe Bofkin.
The new striker didn’t meet Michigan fans’ expectations, but he showed his true potential as a top scorer with Team Canada at the Under-19 World Cup last summer, with Hustan scoring 17 points and nearly six rebounds per game while helping Canada win the bronze medal. Medal.
In those games, Hustan was not just a three-point player; He was a key player in handling the ball and a playmaker who was relied upon for big shots in the last few minutes of competitions. Unfortunately, he did not play this role with Michigan.
There were a few games where he was able to take the reins, like the win over Maryland or the road win over Indiana where he was cashed three times and looks like Michigan’s best player. But there were other times, like in the NCAA Championship win over Colorado State, where you’d forget he was even there.
Watching his body language, you can tell that he struggled in terms of self-confidence all year long; If he missed his first few shots or was blocked, he wouldn’t necessarily stop shooting three times, but he definitely became less aggressive.
In order to reach his full potential in the NBA, he also needs to improve his foot speed on both ends and have a more consistent finish around the edge.
However, I watched her in flashes, but he could be an excellent scorer in the NBA. In his absolute floor, if he bought the defensive side of the floor, he could be a 3D player who could play a role in any playoff team. In his cap, he could grow into a multi-tiered goalscorer who gets counted late in the games.
With Magic, Caleb Houstan gets a chance to grow with plenty of young talent, including number one overall Paolo Banchero and former Gonzaga player Jalen Suggs. Hustan is the fourth Wolverine on the Magic roster, joining Franz Wagner, Mo Wagner and Iggy Prazdekis.
Orlando doesn’t have a lot of obvious rotation, so hopefully Hustan is thrown into the fire and played a lot of minutes in his rookie year. I’m sure Michigan fans will love seeing him and Franz drop three in those beautiful striped shirts.
We at Maize n Brew wish him the best of luck, and we’ll make sure to support him throughout his career.