Five and a half months after announcing he would stay in the 2020 NBA draft, Saddiq Bey finally knows where the next stop in his basketball journey will take him.
Bey is headed to Detroit. The Pistons acquired the 19th pick in a three-way trade with the Nets and Clippers and promptly selected the former Villanova star.
Bey was Detroit's third first-round pick on Wednesday night, joining seventh overall selection Killian Hayes and 16th pick Isaiah Stewart.
The 21-year-old Bey becomes the fifth Villanova player selected in the first round of the NBA draft in the last four years, joining Josh Hart in 2017 and Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman in 2018.
Bey shot up draft boards following a phenomenal sophomore season at Villanova. He averaged 16 points and shot 45 percent from three-point range, leading the Wildcats to the Big East regular-season championship. Bey was a First Team All-Big East selection and received the Julius Erving Award as the best small forward in college basketball. He's a versatile defender who can guard multiple positions.
Now he's heading to Detroit to join Dwayne Casey's roster and play a key role in the Pistons' youth movement.