From Green Bay to the Lottery?

When you think of College Basketball programs that turn out NBA talent, the Green Bay Phoenix are not one of the schools you think of.  In fact, since its inception (1969-1970), only 4-players have ever been drafted into the NBA:

  • Green Bay Phoenix Center Alec Brown is projected by NBADraft.net as the #8 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft

    Tom Anderson – 10th Round (Bucks) – 1978

  • Ron Rippley – 4th Round (Warriors) – 1979
  • Tony Bennett – 2nd Round (Hornets) – 1992
  • Jeff Nordgaard – 2nd Round (Bucks) – 1996

In 2013, could Green Bay see their first ever lottery pick?  According to a mock draft on NBADraft.Net, Phoenix Junior Center Alec Brown is pegged as the 8th pick in next year’s draft (a big thanks to Dennis Krause of Sports 32 for pointing this out on twitter today).  I get it, it’s a “Mock Draft” so it is nothing more than the brain child of someone sitting on a compute sifting through other people’s opinions.  However, it means people are talking and looking at Brown at the next level.

At 7’1″ and 225 lbs, it’s easy to see why the fascination would be there.  You can’t coach height, and guys with height and skills get a pretty solid look at the next level. Brown’s Sophomore (2011-2102) year was one to look at it.  He finished 9th in the county in blocks per game at 3.0.  He already holds the program’s all-time record for block shots with 134.  He averaged 13.8 points and 8.2 rebounds a game en route to being named to the Horizon League 1st team.

Will this come true?  Who knows…but seriously, Brown was a PHENOMENAL get by Green Bay Head Coach Brian Wardle.  Any attention you can bring to your program in a positive light can be huge in the recruiting front and for the fans, especially for a program that does not get as much attention as they deserve.  At the very least, it will be a good reason to check out some Green Bay Basketball next season.

Remember though, Brown is a Junior so hopefully for the Phoenix, the lottery would be the story in 2014.

Justin Hull is the host of the “Home Stretch” heard 2p-5p on 95.3 FM, WSCO Radio in Green Bay/Appleton Wisconsin.  Follow him on twitter (@jh1570) or facebook.

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