NBA Draft 2022: Pistons Jaden Ivey becomes latest member of his family to play in Detroit

Sporting News 9 days ago

Detroit sure feels like home for the Ivey family. 

Jaden Ivey was drafted fifth overall in Thursday night's NBA draft by the Pistons, and it certainly isn't the first time an Ivey will be playing professional sports in Detroit. 

Jaden Ivey's mother, Niele, is a former WNBA player herself who had stints with the Indiana Fever, Phoenix Mercury and .... the Detroit Shock. 

In a recent interview with The Spun, Jaden Ivey expressed interest in playing for the Pistons due to the connection they have with his mother. 

"I would love to go anywhere, but Detroit, my mom played for the Detroit Shock in the WNBA," he said. "I've lived in the area and I know what it's like. Detroit could be an option." 

His mother isn't the only one in the family with a professional sports tie to the city of Detroit, though. Ivey's late grandfather, James Hunter, played defensive back for the Detroit Lions in the NFL from 1976-82 and tallied 27 career interceptions.

Hunter was the Lions' first-round pick in 1976, going No. 10 overall. 

“This is (Jaden’s) dream come true to be in Detroit,” Niele Ivey said on the television draft broadcast after her son was drafted. “We have so many amazing roots in Detroit.”

For his part, Jaden Ivey is definitely looking forward to being close to his grandmother and reaping the benefits of her cooking. 

"It's probably not too far from my grandma, so I can get home-cooked meals. She can cook some good food for me, " he said.

Ivey averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists at Purdue last season.