INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Following being selected with the No. 5 overall pick to the Detroit Pistons, former Purdue star Jaden Ivey broke into tears of joy next to his mother, Niele, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Ivey, who was raised by his mother as she ascended from former Notre Dame basketball star to the professional coaching ranks and back again to South Bend as the Irish Head Women’s Basketball Coach, now gets to play in the NBA just over 200 miles away from home.
A very cool story for the first Purdue player drafted inside the top 25 picks since Glen Robinson went No. 1 overall in 1994 to the Milwaukee Bucks.