Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Ben Brust (1) shoots the ball against Arizona Wildcats forward Aaron Gordon (right) during the first half in the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks Hold First Pre-Draft Workout Friday


The Milwaukee Bucks are set to hold their first pre-draft workout Friday at their facility in St. Francis.

Four players are set to put their skills on display for the Bucks, including Wisconsin Badgers guard Ben Brust and Marquette Golden Eagles guard Jake Thomas.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee will also work out forwards Taylor Braun of North Dakota State and Mike Moser of Oregon.

Brust, a 6-foot-1, 196-pound guard, was a two-year starter for the Badgers and averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range last season. Brust is the school’s all-time leader in made 3-pointers with 235 and was 15-for-30 from long range during the NCAA tournament, when the Badgers went to the Final Four for the first time since 2000.

Thomas, who played his high school ball at Racine St. Catherine’s and transferred to Marquette after playing his first two years at South Dakota, is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard, who started 30 of 32 games for the Golden Eagles last season, averaging 7.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and shooting 39 percent from deep.

Braun, 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds, averaged 17.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game in 32 games for the Bison, who upset Oklahoma before losing to San Diego State in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Braun was a 41.4 percent shooter from 3-point range. He ranks seventh on North Dakota State’s all-time scoring list with 1,651 points.

Moser was the second-leading scorer for an Oregon team that was 24-10 and lost to Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He averaged 13.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point range, starting all 34 games. Moser played just one year at Oregon, transferring from UNLV after receiving his degree.

None of the four players is expected to be drafted in June, but with only two rounds in the draft, teams are always combing pre-draft workouts looking for potential undrafted free agents.

The Bucks have four picks in the June 26 draft, with the best chance of landing the top overall pick in the May 20 draft lottery (and guaranteed to pick no lower than fourth overall), along with the No. 31, No. 36 and No. 48 overall picks in the second round.

Last year, the Bucks drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece in the first round and Ricky Ledo of Providence in the second, trading the rights to Ledo to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for No. 38 overall pick Nate Wolters.

Both Antetokounmpo and Wolters saw significant playing time as rookies.

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