As expected, Ben Brust’s name wasn’t called at Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Shortly after the draft, however, he received an invitation to join the Milwaukee Bucks’ Las Vegas Summer League squad.
Brust, an Illinois native who played collegiately at Wisconsin, left Madison as the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made. The 6-1 shooting guard averaged a team-high 34.7 minutes last season and was a major factor in Wisconsin’s run to the Final Four.
It’s the second year in a row the Bucks have added an unheralded Wisconsin prospect to the summer league roster. Last summer, fan favorite Mike Bruesewitz was a member of the team but rarely saw more than a few minutes per game. He spent the 2013-14 season playing overseas in Israel.
Despite his stature, Brust is probably a better NBA prospect than his former teammate. Realistically, neither have much of a shot at ever reaching the league, but, hey, stranger things have happened. Teams are always in need of guards who can stretch the floor, and Brust – a noted NASCAR fan – is also a well above-average rebounder for his position, pulling down 4.5 per game as a senior.