Competing against the top basketball players in the world is one of the most difficult professions a teenager can have. Some young men as young as 19 enter the NBA every year. Young athletes are thrust into the public eye.
In front of sold-out crowds and a national audience years before they are old enough to legally drink in the United States.
Is there anyone that stands out as the youngest player in the league this year? How old was the NBA’s youngest rookie when he made his debut?
In the 2022–23 season, Jalen Duren will be the youngest NBA player. Duren, then only 18 years old, was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 13th overall choice in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Who is the Youngest Player in the NBA 2022: Jalen Duren
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jalen Montez Duren (born November 18, 2003) is a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA (NBA).
He was a member of the basketball team at the University of Memphis. He’s a centre and he’s 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) tall, 250 lbs (113 kg).
He was regarded as one of the best players in the entire 2021 class, and was rated as a five-star prospect by most recruiting services.
Before he dropped down to the 2019 class, Duren was widely considered to be the best player in his class of 2022.
Duren is a native of Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, where he played multiple sports before settling on basketball as his primary interest.
With a height of about 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 metres), he had already gained notoriety on the AAU circuit with Team Final, a basketball team he had helped found, by the time he was in eighth grade.
He established himself as one of the best players in his grade after attending summer camps like MADE Hoops Middle School Academy and CP3 Rising Stars Camp that year.
Duren Career in 2022
The Charlotte Hornets used the thirteenth overall pick in the 2022 NBA draught to choose Duren. His rights were transferred on draught day, first to the New York Knicks and then to the Detroit Pistons.
It was announced that Duren would be playing for the Pistons at the 2022 NBA Summer League. Duren made his summer league debut with a win of 81-78 over the Portland Trail Blazers, scoring 9 points. He recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Duren joined the Pistons on a rookie deal on July 7, 2022. On October 19, Duren played in his first regular season game, a 113-109 victory over the Orlando Magic.
When Duren was 16, he competed for the United States at the FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship in Belém, Brazil.
He won a gold medal and was named to the tournament’s all-star five team after averaging 10.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and two blocks per game.