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Greg Brown Selected No. 43 by Trail Blazers in NBA draft

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Texas

Texas forward Greg Brown is now a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, after he was taken in the second round at No. 43 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Brown has been a part of NBA mock drafts all year, but his landing spot at one time was the NBA Draft Lottery (the first 14 picks of the draft). But as the draft process went on, Brown fell into the second round.

Per ESPN, Portland acquired the pick from New Orleans.


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He possesses tremendous athleticism, great natural rebounding ability and a solid defensive foundation. But he needs to work on creating his own shot and shooting percentage, and he should get that in the NBA.

Still, it’s hard to find the type of raw material Brown represents in the NBA Draft, and the Trail Blazers is banking that they can grow Brown’s talent and help him emerge as an NBA starter one day.

Brown, 6-foot-9, averaged 9.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in his only season with Texas. The Austin, Texas, product shot 42 percent from the floor for the season. When he left early for the NBA Draft, he left four years of eligibility on the table, including a bonus year awarded to all players due to COVID-19.

Brown left Austin in the wake of one of the biggest coaching chances of the offseason, as Smart left Texas to take the head-coaching job at Marquette. Shortly after, the Longhorns hired Chris Beard away from Texas Tech, and Beard went about remaking the program using the transfer portal. He was able to keep two of the Longhorns’ most vital guards from a year ago, Andrew Jones and Courtney Ramey.

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