Big Rapids, Mich. - Former Ferris State University men's basketball guard Kenny Brown (Farmington Hills/Harrison), who wrapped up his collegiate eligibility this past season, received an opportunity to workout with the NBA's Detroit Pistons this week as the club prepares for the 2013 NBA Draft scheduled for Thursday (June 27) night.
Brown was invited to a workout with the team along with several other NBA Draft prospects on Tuesday in front of General Manager Joe Dumars and Assistant General Manager George David. Following Tuesday's workout, he was invited back for a second workout on Wednesday. The draft will be held on Thursday night starting at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and televised live by ESPN from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
"It went really well," Brown said. "We did a lot of testing to warmup before getting into ball handling, shooting drills and some full court drills along with one-on-ones and three-on-threes."
The Pistons workout came following a pair of pre-draft camps for the talented shooting guard, including the NBA D-League predraft camp in New York two weeks ago. It was aranged by his agent Jay Baptiste.
Brown hopes to keep his options open in an effort to extend his playing career and has also began discussions with teams overseas about playing professionally.
"I'm just trying to stay humble and positive and keep working hard," Brown said. "I don't want to force anything and whatever happens, happens."
Brown received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First Team accolades for the second consecutive year after leading the Bulldogs in scoring at 15.8 points per game during the 2012-13 season. He ranked among the league leaders in scoring, free throw percentage (.870) and made three-pointers (49) in his final season.
Brown, who was a preseason All-GLIAC choice, finished his Bulldog career ranked third all-time in career free throw percentage (.838) and fourth in three-pointers made (168) at FSU. He also became only 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.
In his three years with the Bulldogs, Brown helped FSU to back-to-back GLIAC North Division Championships in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He also played a key role and earned all-tournament team accolades as the Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament during his sophomore campaign two years ago.
Several former Bulldog standouts have had an opportunity to compete at the professional level in the past decade. Former standout point guard Dennis Springs spent time overseas before playing professionally in the International Basketball League (IBL) with the Holland Blast. In addition, former forward Terrance Shaw has ranked among the IBL's top scoring leaders for several seasons while playing with several different teams.
Meanwhile, All-America forward Justin Keenan, who earned Division II National Player of the Year honors in 2010-11, recently wrapped up his second season as a standout professional in Uruguay while another former Bulldog, forward Jerrell Sanders, is currently midst beginning his professional career overseas and recently earned MVP honors at the 16th annual Slammers Basketball Pro-Tryout Tournament held June 14-16 in Bonn, Germany.
Ferris State wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 14-13 overall record and the Bulldogs reached the GLIAC Postseason Tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years, which ranks as one of the conference's top showings over the past decade. FSU also posted an impressive 10-1 mark at home in league regular-season action at Jim Wink Arena.
This past year represented the 12th consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games. Overall, FSU has won four league championships and twice reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen in the past decade.