The Detroit Pistons’ predraft workout featured a familiar face Saturday afternoon.
Pershing product and former Detroit Mercy star Juwan Howard Jr. was one of six participants in yesterday’s workout, hoping to make a lasting impression leading up to the June 25 NBA Draft.
For Howard Jr., working out for the Pistons held a sense of sentimentality.
“It was great, man,” Howard said. “It was also great for my family from the standpoint that they’re all Pistons fans. So I had a little chip on my shoulder to prove to them and show what I’ve been working on all summer.”
Howard Jr., the son of former NBA All-Star and Michigan Fab Five member Juwan Howard, was one of five players participating in the run through, joining Bobby Portis (Arkansas), Kevon Looney (UCLA), Will Cummings (Temple), D.J. Newbill (Penn State), and Dom Pointer (St. John’s).
Despite a senior season that saw him finish third in the Horizon League in scoring (17.4 ppg) while earning All-Horizon League Second Team honors, Howard Jr. is currently a long shot to be drafted, with critics citing a lack of speed along the perimeter and a lack of size. Howard’s predraft measurements have him listed at 6′ 4.25″ (though with an impressive 6′ 10.5″ wingspan).
Even in the event Howard Jr. is bypassed in the draft, his predraft workouts remain important for his future, as his performances could yield a Summer League invitation if he leaves a noteworthy impression.
In the meantime, Howard Jr. will continue trying to draw upon the lessons learned from his father, a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat.
“I got to see them win those first championships first hand,” Howard Jr. said. “It was great experiencing that and seeing the joy on my father’s face when he won those two championships. I got a huge cheat sheet so from that standpoint I am ahead of the game on the pros from the tips my dad gave me.”