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. 

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.


OFFICE: (313) 771-7436

A graduate of Central Michigan University, where he graduated with a triple major and was the head manager of the men’s team, Hayden is driven to be the best person he can be, on and off the court. Starting as an intern with the Pistons, he is a living example that success can be achieved through hard-work and dedication. Hayden offers a plethora of basketball knowledge and insights to the student-athletes of Michigan, as well as a story that showcases the importance of mental endurance and a positive attitude. His favorite all-time Pistons player is Ben Wallace, and his favorite current Pistons player is Jalen Duren.