Pistons Academy aims to create impactful, memorable and positive experiences on and off the court that generate passion and love for the game of basketball through our various camps, clinics and leagues. Participants receive special access to Detroit Pistons perks and each program is led by experienced, professional instructors that deliver an outstanding youth basketball experience from start to finish. See you on the courts!


aaron smith

Director of Youth Engagement & Development – Detroit Pistons
Office: (313) 771-7436
E-Mail: asmith@pistons.com

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Coach Aaron brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the Detroit Pistons Youth initiatives. In addition to directing Pistons Academy and Jr. Pistons youth programs, he serves as a motivational speaker for the Detroit Pistons state-wide school assembly program.  His positive message and personal story have positively impacted thousands of young student-athletes. Coach Aaron is also the in-game announcer for the Motor City Cruise as well as the boys varsity basketball coach at Royal Oak High School. His favorite all-time Pistons players are Isiah Thomas and Rick Mahorn. 


Manager of Youth Engagement & Development – Detroit Pistons
Office: (313) 771-0119
E-Mail: bgreen@pistons.com

After working and volunteering with the Detroit Pistons for two years, Bobby is entering his third year as a full-time employee.  He is a 2021 graduate of Western Michigan University where he obtained his Degree in Sports Management & Communication.  While at Western, he served as the President of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and was the head coach of the women’s club basketball team. Currently, Bobby manages all aspects of Pistons Academy programs including: Summer Camps, Clinics and Leagues. Additionally, he also assists with  facilitating free youth basketball clinics as a part of the Detroit Pistons’ Basketball for All program. Bobby brings a great work ethic as well as a wealth of basketball knowledge to the Pistons Academy program. Lastly, his favorite all-time Pistons player is Richard “RIP” Hamilton. 

Devonte Black

Coordintor of Youth Engagement & Development – Detroit Pistons
Office: (313) 771-7436
E-Mail: dblack@pistons.com

Devonte is entering his first year with the Detroit Pistons Organization. He is a graduate of Ohio Christian University, where he majored in Sports Business Management and played on the basketball team as a point guard (NAIA). He is a Cleveland, OH native and formerly worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers as a Youth Coach and team Attendant. Devonte brings a great story with him about his journey of perseverance and has a strong passion for the game of basketball. He is extremely excited about the opportunity to make an impact on the youth throughout Michigan. Devonte’s favorite Pistons player is Cade Cunningham.