Canton serves as the D-League affiliate for Cleveland, and drafted Brown just a few days after the Cavs waived him at the end of the preseason.
Brown, who played at Cleveland State University, is a 6-4 point guard. In college, he was named to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team twice. In his senior year, he scored 10.8 points per game, while also recording 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
The Cavs brought him in late to training camp, and then he was one of the last three players waived by the team before the regular season.
It looks like he’ll have the opportunity now to show Cavs management what he can do, and he may get a chance with the Wine and Gold later in the season or next season, depending on how he plays in Canton.
Other players drafted by the Canton franchise in the draft included: Ryan Rossiter out of Siena; Jorge Gutierrez out of the California; JP Primm out of UNC-Asheville; Omari Johnson out of Oregon State; Assane Sene out of Virginia; Jordan Eglseder out of Northern Iowa; and Vernon Lewis out of Paul Quinn.
So, what can we learn from the draft? Well, that’s a tough one. None of these players were really stars in college, and I had never heard of Paul Quinn before. Apparently it’s a college.
According to the Paul Quinn College website, the institution is a faith-based, four-year liberal arts college founded in Austin, Texas in 1872. The college’s only varsity sports this year are men’s and women’s basketball, and the teams play in the NAIA.
It sounds like a fine institution and hopefully Lewis will be an outstanding player for the Charge and maybe someday he can make an impact in Cleveland.
Part of the fun of the D-League is seeing players from large and small colleges working together on a team, trying to make an impact and get noticed. No one knows yet how any of these players will do. Maybe Lewis or Brown will turn into the next Jeremy Lin, or maybe we’ll never hear much about either of them again.
All of the draft picks have a chance now, and it will be up to them to make the most of the opportunity.