Detroit Pistons take Michigan's Isaiah Livers at No. 42 in 2021 NBA draft

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Isaiah Livers will get a shot with the Detroit Pistons.

The former Michigan basketball player was drafted Thursday night in the second round with the No. 42 overall pick of the 2021NBA draft.

Livers, who declared from the draft after his senior season, joined Franz Wagner as Wolverines to be drafted this year. Wagner was selected at No. 8 overall by the Orlando Magic, the highest Wolverine taken since Nik Stauskas went No. 8 to Sacramento in 2014.

Michigan forward Isaiah Livers celebrates after clinching the Big Ten championship with a 69-50 win over Michigan State on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at the Crisler Center.
Michigan forward Isaiah Livers celebrates after clinching the Big Ten championship with a 69-50 win over Michigan State on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at the Crisler Center.

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The 6-foot-7 Kalamazoo native was projected to be a second-round pick or go undrafted. Livers had an illustrious career at Michigan, appearing in 119 career games with 69 starts, while serving as a bridge between former coach John Beilein and Juwan Howard.

Livers won more than 100 games in Ann Arbor and reached a national title game, won the Big Ten title and won a Big Ten tournament in his four years. He scored 987 points and would've topped 1,000 points if not for a stress injury in his foot that prematurely ended his senior season shortly before the NCAA tournament.

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In 25 games during the 2020-21 season, Livers averaged a career-high 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists and shot 43.1% from 3-point range. He had successful surgery on his foot, although that prevented him from participating in the draft combine.

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