Baldwin’s Jared Rhoden scores his first points in the NBA


This Long Islander just scored his first bucket in the NBA.

Jared Rhoden, a Baldwin native, got his first crack in The League on Tuesday when he was called up by the Detroit Pistons for an away game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

He scored off a jumper in the fourth quarter. Watch it below.

He played a total of 12 minutes in the game, adding one rebound to his stat line. His team lost 147-116.

His first NBA action was just 90 miles away from where he starred in college. He played four years at Seton Hall, where he earned a First Team All-Big East honor his senior year. After an impressive four years, the 6-foot-6 winger went undrafted following the 2022 NBA Draft.

Rhoden had a brief stint with Portland Trail Blazers before signing a two-way contract with the Pistons on Dec. 26. For the uninitiated, the two-way deal lets Rhoden play with both the Pistons and its G-League affiliate, the Motor City Cruise.

The 23-year-old has lit it up for the Cruise, starting 5-of-6 games while averaging 16.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

In high school, Rhoden won a Long Island AA championship with Baldwin Senior High School and was named Nassau County Player of the Year in 2016. He later transferred to Our Saviour Lutheran in The Bronx for his senior year, where he averaged 29.3 points, seven rebounds, three assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Top: Detroit Pistons’ Jared Rhoden playing in his first NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)