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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Former Jayhawk Brannen Greene selected 7th overall in D League draft

Kansas junior guard Brannen Greene takes pre-game shots before the Jayhawks take on Oklahoma, on Jan. 4, 2016, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas junior guard Brannen Greene takes pre-game shots before the Jayhawks take on Oklahoma, on Jan. 4, 2016, at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Former Kansas guard Brannen Greene, who left Lawrence after his junior season to pursue a career in the NBA, finally knows where it will begin.

Greene on Sunday was drafted No. 7 overall by Delaware in the first round of the NBA’s Developmental League draft, a six-round, 126-selection preseason event.

Greene is one of four players from last year’s team seeking work in the NBA. Cheick Diallo was selected No. 33 overall in last summer’s NBA draft and Perry Ellis (Charlotte) and Wayne Selden Jr. (Memphis) each signed camp contracts with their organizations prior to the start of the preseason. Although Ellis and Selden signed deals, both were cut by their respective teams and also are expected to begin their pro careers in the D League.

KU coach Bill Self, who had a tumultuous relationship with Greene throughout his three-year KU career, often called the 6-foot-7 sharp-shooter from Juliette, Georgia, one of the top pro prospects in the Kansas program because of his pure shooting and ability to hit from distance.

At the time Greene decided to forego his senior season, Self said he expected Greene would play pro ball “for many years to come” because of his talent and competitive nature.

The Delaware 87ers (the D League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers) will open the 2016-17 season Nov. 12 in their hometown of Newark, Del.

Comments

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 9 months ago

well it might not be primetime ....... but its a start. good luck greene

Brett McCabe 5 years, 9 months ago

Hope he makes it, for a lot of reasons but the topper is how he helped the guy out of his car when it was in flames.

Bernard Gregory 5 years, 9 months ago

A nice respectful young man I wish nothing but good fortune for him and I feel with his skill set he will eventually find his way to the big league.

Joseph Bullock 5 years, 9 months ago

I always liked Brannen. I wish him the very best. Whenever I would talk to him after a game, he was always very respectful and polite. But to be 'frank', for him to make it in the NBA, there are 3 things he is really going to have to make tremendous strides of improvement on! 1: Defense 2: Ball Handling 3: Decision Making! I think he will ultimately, make it, as I'm sure he now realizes that everything Coach Self told him, all along, are the very things that he has to do, going forward!

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 9 months ago

The fact that Greene was drafted by a team in the 76ers organization is a good spot to land.As most know who follow the NBA the Sixers havent been very good lately and as good an outside shooter such as Brannen Philly may have a need as the season progresses ....oh by the way some guy named Embiid is on that team.....might be a nice reunion for those two if it all works out..Perry signed a D-league contract as well but i havent heard if Wayne has landed anywhere as of yet.....lets hope he does .

Robin Smith 5 years, 9 months ago

Well said. I hope that transition ultimately materializes. A sharpshooter with length like Brannen is just what they'll need. I'm rootin for him.

Wayne will at least be playing with the Grizzlies' D-League affiliate. I think he's in good standing with the Griz and could work his way up. I also hadn't seen news of him signing, but the Iowa Energy currently list him as a part of their roster http://iowa.dleague.nba.com/

Jay Scott 5 years, 9 months ago

To get a better handle on how relevant this is (or isn't) check out who else went in the D League draft

http://dleague.nba.com/news/2016-nba-d-league-draft-board/

Robin Smith 5 years, 9 months ago

Looks like Selden is slated to be a part of the Iowa Energy this upcoming season

http://iowa.dleague.nba.com/roster/

Jay Beakum 5 years, 9 months ago

Coming out early for D league...

Dumb.

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 9 months ago

poor advice ....as well not being as good as you think you are gets you drafted into the d-league ....having said that you have guys that left early that dont even make the d-league draft.........now that is beyond dumb

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 9 months ago

Agree totally, Brett. I hope that everything turns out good for Brannen.

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