Detroit Pistons have plan to turn Jalen Duren into pick-and-roll star

Jalen Duren’s basketball life has always been in fast-forward.

Not that it’s been a problem. Duren stood 6 feet 8 as a 13-year-old and has dominated basketball courts since the time he was old enough to shoot.

A star at Roman Catholic High in his hometown of Philadelphia — he was named to the MaxPreps freshman All-American team — he moved to Montverde Academy in Florida as a junior.

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At 17, Duren ranked as the nation’s No. 6 players, and No. 2 centers, according to 247 Sports. He was named the 2020-21 MaxPreps Florida High School Basketball Player of the Year as he reclassified to the class of 2021 before enrolling at Memphis.

Pistons draft pick Jalen Duren meets members of the Pistons media relations team before the Pistons' news conference on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Rouge Park.

“I wouldn’t call it rushing, or hurrying; every move I made, I always made because it was best for me,” Duren said Friday, shortly after he was introduced with Jaden Ivey as the newest members of the Detroit Pistons. “Reclassifying from high school, I felt like it was time to be in college, and leaving college, I felt like it was time to be in the NBA.

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