HPU’s John Brown works out for four NBA teams ahead of draft

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Two-time High Point University men’s basketball All-American John Brown has worked out with four NBA teams leading up to Thursday’s 2016 NBA Draft.

The Jacksonville, Fla., product has spent the better part of three weeks meeting with teams, working out with fellow prospects, conducting interviews and strategizing a potential landing spot for his professional basketball career.

Brown began his workouts with the Orlando Magic on June 13 before heading to Salt Lake City for a session with the Utah Jazz on June 17. He then returned to High Point and headed down I-85 for a workout with the Charlotte Hornets on June 19, before traveling north for a visit with the 17-time NBA Champion Boston Celtics on June 20.

The 2016 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

If he is not drafted Thursday, Brown still has an excellent chance to compete on an NBA Summer League team and have the opportunity to work his way onto a league roster. The three NBA summer leagues are scheduled for July 2-8 in Orlando, July 4-7 in Utah and July 8-18 in Las Vegas.

One of the most well-rounded players in the nation in 2015-16, Brown ranked second in the country in player efficiency rating, one of the most beneficial statistics to measure a player’s value to his team. In addition, he was third in the country in offensive efficiency and ranked in the top-40 in field goals made (13th), field goal percentage (21st) and scoring (36th) during the season.

Brown was one of just nine players nationally to earn first team all-district honors in two-straight seasons. That list included Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Fred VanVleet (Wichita State), Ron Baker (Wichita State), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Nic Moore (SMU), Jameel Warney (Stony Brook), Justin Sears (Yale) and Shawn Long (Louisiana-Lafayette).

Brown is the only player in HPU history to become a three-time first team all-district selection and a four-time all-district pick (he was a second team selection as a freshman in 2012-13).

He was named Big South Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons and became the first player ever to be named Big South Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same campaign. He also earned AP All-America honorable mention accolades for the second time in his career.

Brown ranked in the top-6 of the Big South in field goal percentage (1st), offensive rebounds (2nd), scoring (3rd), blocks (4th), steals (5th) and rebounding (6th). On the defensive end of the floor, Brown led the conference in combined blocks/steals (97) by 18 over the next closest player and was the only player in the Big South to rank in the top-100 nationally in block percentage and steal percentage.

A preseason candidate for the Julius Erving Award and a mid-season finalist for the Lou Henson Award, Brown posted 10 points in 27-of-28 games and 20+ 12 games. A two-time Big South Player of the Week selection, Brown led the nation in Ken Pomeroy MVPs, a stat given to the top player in each college basketball game all season long.

The redshirt-senior ends his career as the only player in Big South history to post at least 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 150 blocks, 150 steals and 150 assists. He is second all-time in Big South history in scoring (2,229 career points) and first on HPU’s Div. I career scoring list.

Brown also is first all-time at HPU in games started (116), offensive rebounds (381), steals (181) and is second in field goals made (858).

Where The Teams Pick
Here’s a guide to where each of the teams Brown has worked out for will pick during Thursday’s NBA Draft (subject to change due to draft day trades):

Boston Celtics
No. 3 (First Round)
No. 16 (First Round)
No. 23 (First Round)
No. 31 (Second Round)
No. 35 (Second Round)
No. 45 (Second Round)
No. 51 (Second Round)
No. 58 (Second Round)

Charlotte Hornets
No. 22 (First Round)

Orlando Magic
No. 11 (First Round)
No. 41 (Second Round)
No. 47 (Second Round)

Utah Jazz
No. 12 (First Round)
No. 42 (Second Round)
No. 52 (Second Round)
No. 60 (Second Round)