Gabe Brown is headed to Chicago to attempt to impress NBA scouts. The length of his stay in the Windy City will be determined by his play.
Brown is one of 44 players selected to participate in the NBA G League Elite Camp May 16-17 at Wintrust Arena. Select players will be invited to stay for the NBA Draft Combine, which runs May 18-22 in Chicago, based upon their performance in the G League camp.
“We are thrilled to host this talented group of draft prospects at our NBA G League Elite Camp,” NBA G League Head of Basketball Operations Malik Rose said in a press release. “This is an incredible opportunity for these 44 young men to showcase their basketball abilities in front of both NBA and NBA G League front office personnel.”
Brown will be joined in Chicago by fellow Big Ten products Eli Brooks of Michigan and Pete Nance of Northwestern, as well as NCAA Tournament foe Hyunjung Lee from Davidson. Click here for the full list of invitations.
MSU’s Max Christie is viewed as a more intriguing NBA prospect and is expected to be invited directly to the combine, while center Marcus Bingham Jr. also has pro aspirations after opting out of the fifth year of college basketball afforded to him, like Brown.
A 6-foot-8, 215-pound wing from Ypsilanti, Brown had his biggest role and best season in college basketball as a senior last season, averaging 11.6 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 42.8% from the floor and 38.2% on 3-pointers. He was one of MSU’s two captains, along with forward Malik Hall, and earned a third-team All-Big Ten nod from the league’s coaches.
Brown on March 26 announced his intent to enter the draft with the following message on social media:
“My dad’s dream was for me to go to college at Michigan State and for the last four years, I’ve been able to live out not only his dream, but mine. Getting the chance to play for Coach Izzo and to be part of this program is something I’ll never forget. There were some ups and downs and challenges over the last couple years, but I always remained myself and stuck to what I know best and that is my work. I wouldn’t trade my experience at Michigan State for anything. They gave a kid from Ypsilanti a chance. I never thought I’d say I was a college graduate, but I am, and I’m proud of work that I did in the classroom as well.
“To my teammates, my brothers, I’ll never forget you. We are brothers for life. The memories we made on and off the court will last a lifetime.
“Spartan Nation, thank you for always being there for me with love and support. Those moments in the Breslin Center, I’ll always remember. Y’all really are the best fans in the country!!
“All of my family and friends, basketball coaches and trainers I have met have always pushed me and been supportive of me pursuing my dreams and I thank y’all for that.
“Coach Izz, DJ, OG, Woj, Monty and all of the staff, I thank you for all of the time you’ve worked with me over the last four years. You helped me not only become a better player, but a better person and those are lessons I’ll carry on with me forever. While I have the chance to come back and play another year, I have decided to forgo my last year enter my name in the 2022 NBA Draft and hire an agent.
“I’ll always be a Spartan Dawg!!”
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