Thursday, November 04, 1999
XU's Brown to sign with Stuff
Former Muskie turns down CBA
BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
When the Cincinnati Stuff picked Lenny Brown in the 14th round of their inaugural draft in July, the former Xavier star didn't give it much thought.
He didn't know a lot about the new International Basketball League and wasn't sure if it would actually have a first season.
But Brown said Wednesday that he has agreed to terms with the Stuff, and he is expected to sign a contract today, when the first-year team begins its training camp.
Brown was scheduled to fly Wednesday to Idaho to begin training camp with the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association but instead said he would fly to Cincinnati.
I know more people in Cincinnati, Brown said. I've got a lot of friends there. I'm more comfortable.
Brown said the Stuff will pay him $45,000, roughly three times more than the Stampede offered. The one drawback: His Stuff contract runs through May, meaning Brown will not have a chance at the NBA this season.
That is his goal, of course, and he hopes getting experience playing point guard with the Stuff will help his chances of getting to the NBA.
I don't know if I'm guaranteed a spot (on the Stuff), he said. I just want to play well. I want to win; that's No.1. And hopefully we can draw some crowds.
Cincinnati opens its season Nov.26. A maximum of 24 players can be in the team's training camp; only 12 will make the final roster.
Among the other players expected at Stuff camp are: Allen Edwards (Kentucky), Damon Flint (Cincinnati), B.J. Flynn and Alex Sanders (Louisville), Damon Frierson (Miami) and Phil Hickey (Notre Dame).
This has been a challenge, said Joby Wright, named head coach and director of basketball operations for the Stuff in May. I have been working six months for this day.
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