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INSIDER: UM Shines on NBA Draft Night

The Beast
June 22, 2018 - 1:03 pm

For the first time since 1970, the University of Miami had more than one player taken in the NBA Draft. Freshman Lonnie Walker IV and sophomore Bruce Brown become the latest Canes to get a shot to make it in the NBA. 
 
Walker, who suffered a meniscus injury before the season, and took some time getting used to the college game, was drafted in the 18th spot by the San Antonio Spurs. Being able to start his career under the tutelage of one of the league's greatest coaches in Gregg Popovich is a blessing for the ultra-athletic intellectual scorer. Walker was the first freshman to lead the Canes in scoring since the 00-01 season. 
 
Bruce Brown also had injury issues this past year as he needed surgery to fix a foot injury. The combo guard is a physical player that will fit well with the Pistons who drafted him in the second round with the 42nd pick. Brown is one of the best off the pick and roll, and before he was injured he led the Canes in assists and was second in scoring. Brown, originally from Boston (which you know I'm going to point out), made a smart decision by coming back for a second season to work on his game which he thought had holes after his freshman season. 
 
Walker and Brown were two of the highest rated recruits the Hurricanes were able to get on campus since Jim Larranaga took over. The pair being taken in the same draft, as well as the success of former first-round pick Shane Larkin, certainly shows that Larranaga and his staff can develop players and put them in the league. Who wouldn't want to play basketball in Miami? 

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