Michigan State basketball’s Gabe Brown signs with OKC Thunder
Gabe Brown fulfilled his late father’s promise to play basketball for Michigan State.
The Ypsilanti native has added another life goal to his checklist: signing with an NBA team. Brown goes to the Oklahoma City Thunder on a partially guaranteed deal after Thursday night’s NBA draft, his agent Steve Haney told the Free Press early Friday morning.
Brown will play for the Thunder’s Summer League team next month in Las Vegas.
“I’ve had conversations with Sam Presti (of Oklahoma City), the general manager who invited Gabe for two pre-draft workouts, and he thinks Gabe has a really good chance with them,” said Haney via email. “It was almost better that he wasn’t drafted late and we were able to pick the right person.”
Brown, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound swingman, averaged 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 28.9 minutes as a senior at MSU. The 22-year-old Belleville graduate made 42.8% of his shots, including 38.2% on 3-pointers, and made 89.4% of his free throws for Tom Izzo’s team this winter. Defensively, he used his long wingspan to obstruct passing lanes and finished a team-leading plus-107.
“Everyone knows I’m a workaholic, I bleed the game of basketball. I love basketball, I’m in love with basketball,” Brown told the Free Press in May. feel like right now, I’m striving to accomplish something that I want to accomplish, and it’s something that I’ve been waiting for my whole life.”
Brown’s teammate, shooter Max Christie, went to the Lakers with the 35th overall pick. Marcus Bingham Jr. has signed a 10-piece deal with the Mavericks, according to reports.
Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston both appeared in the 2020 second round, the last time the Spartans had an NBA draft selection until Thursday.