Wisconsin’s Ben Brust is one of two local products taking part in Friday’s workout.
With the NBA Draft less than two months away, the Bucks have begun hosting group workouts for potential prospects. Milwaukee announced Thursday that the first of those workouts would take place Friday afternoon, and the team’s official ‘ Twitter account provided the names of the participants Friday morning:
Today's #BucksDraft Workout Participants Include: Taylor Braun, Ben Brust, Mike Moser & Jake Thomas.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 9, 2014
Obviously, these aren’t the household names that have been linked to the Bucks over the past several months. Parker, Wiggins, Exum and Randle will almost certainly meet with the team at some point before the draft, but Friday’s group of seniors are second-rounders, at best.
Let’s take a brief look at what each has to offer:
Ben Brust, G, Wisconsin
One of two local products in the workout, Brust helped lead Wisconsin to the Final Four this past season. Regarded as a sharpshooter, the 6-1 guard holds the school record for three-pointers made in a season (96) and a career (235). While he’s an elite shooter and very good rebounder for his size, it would be rather surprising if Brust was drafted.
Jake Thomas, G, Marquette
The Racine, Wis. native transferred to Marquette after spending two seasons at South Dakota. He averaged 7.9 points and 2.8 rebounds as a senior this season, shooting 36.7 percent from the floor and 39.0 percent from three. The 6-3 Thomas is an intelligent player and has a solid frame, but his lack of production makes him easily the least highly regarded prospect of the group.
Mike Moser, F, Oregon
Moser played for three schools over the course of his college career. He began as a freshman at UCLA, transferred to UNLV for his sophomore and junior years, and finished last season at Oregon, which was ousted from the NCAA Tournament by Brust’s Wisconsin Badgers. Moser was a first-team All-Mountain West performer as a sophomore at UNLV, when he averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He’s an inside-outside threat who shot a career-best 37.8 from deep last season on more than four attempts per game. Injuries have plagued Moser over the course of his career, but the rangy 6-8 forward is clearly the most likely to hear his name called on June 26.
Taylor Braun, F, North Dakota State
Braun dominated the Summit League last season, earning Player of the Year and All-Summit League First Team honors. He averaged 17.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists, leading the Bison to a 26-7 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance. At 6-7, Braun is a great athlete but a bit of a tweener, and the small-school pedigree won’t help his stock. Then again, that didn’t affect the Bucks’ interest in Nate Wolters. Regardless, it would be surprising to see Braun on an NBA roster next season, though some teams may express interest when summer league rolls around.