Kendall Brown was taken No. 48 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Brown, a 6-foot-8 forward who played for Baylor for one year, was the second Bear off the board in the draft. Brown will reportedly be dealt to the Indiana Pacers after the draft.
Brown declared early for the draft and did not leave his eligibility open after seeing his stock rise during the season. At one point during the season he was considered a lottery pick in some mock drafts. But, by June, he had slid into the second round.
Brown was the first Baylor player to be named the Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year, and he ended up earning unanimous Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors. Considered one of the best forwards in the country, he was one of three freshmen named to the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Top-10 Watch List.
During the season he earned selection to the Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament Team, led the Bears with three double-doubles and hit double figures 19 times, and Baylor went 17-2 in those games. He averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for the season. But after an injury to Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, his averages went up, as he scored 10.1 points in his last 10 Big 12 games.
Brown was a five-star recruit who was ranked No. 12 nationally in class of 2021 by 247sports.com and was the fourth five-star signee in program history. He signed with Baylor in November of 2020 and was part of Baylor’s highest-rated recruiting class ever (No. 4 by ESPN). He was just the fourth McDonald’s All-American to sign with Baylor.
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