Brown visits Motown

Former Ferris State guard works out for Pistons on eve of NBA draft

AUBURN HILLS — Downtown Kenny Brown found himself aspiring to extend his hoops career in Motown following a workout with the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and Wednesday in Auburn Hills.

THE JOURNEY: Former Ferris State guard Kenny Brown was in Auburn Hills on Tuesday and Wednesday working out for the Detroit Pistons on the eve of the 2013 NBA draft. (Pioneer file photo)

The former Ferris State basketball standout worked out with the team along with several other NBA draft prospects in front of General Manager Joe Dumars and Assistant General Manager George David in hopes of continuing his basketball playing days at the next level on the eve of the NBA draft, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. today.

Brown, who earned first-team all-GLIAC honors this past season, said he was thrilled to be able to display his talents alongside top NBA draft prospects like guards Ray McCallum of Detroit Mercy, Phil Pressey of Missouri, Myck Kabongo of Texas and Washington’s Abdul Gaddy.

“It went really well,” Brown said. “We did a lot of stuff like vertical jump testing to warm up before getting into ball handling, shooting drills and some full court drills along with one-on-ones and three-on-threes.”

Brown said the workout was set up by his agent Jay Baptiste, who was able to arrange the showcase after Brown had worked out at a pair of camps in the past month, including the NBA D-League predraft camp in New York two weekends ago.

While Brown is keeping his options open to playing anywhere to extend his playing career, he hopes to be able to continue showcasing his long range shooting in the United States. He also has talked with teams overseas in Germany and Israel about playing professionally.

During his workout with the Pistons, Brown said he got some positive feedback from Dumars and Davis and even got a chance to chat with Pistons standout rookie Andre Drummond in what was a truly unique experience. Pistons administrators said Brown, who is looking to play point guard at the professional level after starring as a shooting guard at Ferris State, put his best foot forward during the workout, welcoming him back for a second day.

“It was a lot of positive feedback,” Brown said. “They said one of my strong points was my ability to hide my weaknesses, which kind of gave me a good feeling, because I’ve never heard anybody say that about me before. They said I was well-conditioned and a good shooter.”

Brown, a Farmington Hills native, said he grew up playing the point guard position, so it wasn’t a huge transition to go back from shooting guard, where he averaged 15.8 points per game last season while ranking among the GLIAC’s leaders in made 3-pointers (49) and free throw percentage (.870).

Brown finished his Bulldog career ranked third all-time in career free throw percentage (.838) and fourth in three-pointers made (168). He also became the 26th player in school history this year to reach the 1,000 career points mark and wrapped up his career ranked 21st on the school’s all-time list with 1,162 points.

To be able to continue his dream of playing professionally would be a dream come true, Brown said.

“I’m just trying to stay humble and positive, keep God first and keep working hard,” he said. “I don’t want to force anything, and whatever happens, happens.”

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