Tuesday, June 29, 1999

Brown not likely to be drafted


In his case, that might not be bad thing

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Lenny Brown says he has heard the same from everyone: “You played well, you're going to be a great player.”

        What no NBA team has said is this: “We're going to draft you.”

        The Xavier graduate will be watching the two-round NBA draft from home in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday night. Brown is bracing himself to be bypassed.

        “I know I probably won't get drafted,” he said Monday. “But not everybody's going to be drafted. There are people in the league now that didn't get drafted. I want to get picked, but sometimes it doesn't happen.”

        He has done all he can.

        Brown has participated in three pre-draft camps and had workouts with the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic. Orlando is bringing him back today for a second look and will consider him with its only draft pick.

        “He's a tough kid and he competes and he's got a big heart ... the things you can't judge with stat sheets,” Orlando director of scouting Gary Brokaw said. “Lenny brings a scorer's mentality. That's something a lot of NBA teams would like to look at.”

        Denver, Golden State and Miami also have expressed interest, said Brown's agent Anil Vaswani.

        “Everything I'm hearing indicates somewhere in the second round,” Vaswani said.

        If Brown is not selected by late in the second round, he may be better off not getting picked. Then he can choose what team's camp he would prefer to go once invited. And there is little doubt he will get invited to some NBA camps.

        Brown has arrived at all workouts well-conditioned and progressed in his attempt to convert from shooting guard to point guard. He has impressed NBA scouts with his competitiveness, work ethic and defensive ability.

        His workout with the Bulls was with Andre Miller (Utah), Jason Terry (Arizona) and Shawn Marion (UNLV). “I matched up good, just like I thought I would,” Brown said. “Nobody really separated themselves from anybody, we just were going at each other really hard.”

        At Orlando, he worked out with John Celestand (Villanova) and some Magic players, such as Miles Simon and Bo Outlaw.

        “I think he could go in the second round, but to be honest I have him not being drafted,” said Chris Monter, who produces Monter Draft News and has been at all the pre-draft camps. “He's right on that bubble.”

        Former XU teammate James Posey is expected to be picked in the first round. The last time two Musketeers were drafted in the same year was 1990 (Tyrone Hill and Derek Strong).

       



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