Did you go to bed early? Did you have baseball/softball practice? Don’t fret! We have all the spoken word highlights from tonight’s NBA Draft.
9:28 PM EST. On a Thursday. Brooklyn, NY.
Welcome to Milwaukee Mr. Wilson! The lanky forward from the University of Michigan continues the trend of long and raw talents for the Bucks. ESPN’s Jay Bilas provided the immediate reaction on the telecast:
“Milwaukee is getting some ridiculous length to add to their ridiculous length.”
The talking head confirms what every Bucks fan that watched B1G basketball already knew; the Bucks continue to add length.
Wilson’s coach at Michigan, John Beilein, had the following to add:
“He spent countless hours those first two seasons getting stronger and working with our coaches to improve. All that work paid off...”
The immediate reaction to the selection is that Wilson will need his weight room work ethic to carry over into his professional career. An encouraging statement from a former head coach nonetheless.
During the post-draft press conference, General Manager, Jon Horst, noted the following on Wilson:
“Wilson could play the four. Might be strong enough to play the five. Can play the three offensively.”
Here’s another quote from Horst courtesy of friend Eric Nehm over at ESPN Milwaukee:
So yeah. The very first question was essentially, "What set Wilson apart?"— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) June 23, 2017
Horst's answer: pic.twitter.com/HCElj7ZN7J
Head Coach, Jason Kidd, dished out his two cents worth on the youngster from Ann Arbor:
“When you look at someone that can rebound the ball and start the offense, he’ll fit in well here.”
As for the man of the hour, this was the only quote from Wilson on draft night; a single tweet.
11:45 PM EST. On a Thursday. Brooklyn, NY.
Sources: Milwaukee is acquiring Philadelphia's No.46 overall pick for Sterling Brown.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2017
Disregard the “for” bit there at the end of Shams’ tweet. The Bucks traded their 48th selection to the Clippers for cash and then acquired the 46th pick, Sterling Brown out of Southern Methodist University.
The Ringer had this to say on the Bucks’ 2nd rounder in an article that highlighted potential standout 3-and-D guys:
There aren’t many sure-bets for the 3-and-D role in this year’s draft. Reed stands out as a good one — so does Villanova wing Josh Hart and the SMU duo of Sterling Brown and Semi Ojeleye.
Well that’s encouraging! What else can we find on this guy?
Sterling Brown was a 45.1% 3-pt shooter on 284 career attempts in college. Bucks wanted shooting, they got shooting.— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) June 23, 2017
Yowza! Not too shabby of a career! Certainly there can’t be more on a 2nd round pick - what’s that?
Sterling Brown is going to be the steal of the NBA Draft.https://t.co/p9vxrLZYAp— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) June 21, 2017
Oh my! This is a lot to digest for a mid-2nd round guy. Brown feels like a perfect fit for a two-way contract. The Bucks’ brass were unable to comment on the 2nd round dealings since nothing was official at the time of the press conference.
You can watch the full press conference from Horst and Kidd regarding D.J. Wilson’s arrival and fit in Milwaukee here.