Brannen Greene came to Kansas as a top-40 recruit, choosing KU out of a top four that included UConn, Louisville, and Harvard. Greene also had Memphis, Ohio State, and Florida State and a host of other schools after him as well. He showed up in Lawrence with a reputation as an excellent outside shooter and a long, athletic slasher.
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What They're Saying
Despite not having the most productive collegiate career, NBA teams are still showing interest in Greene, in large part due to his ability to be a knock down shooter with a lightning quick release and unlimited range at 6'7". During the draft process, they will try to dig deeper and find out how much of Greene's struggles were his fault and how much were due to poor fit. Scouts will get a different look at him and his skill-set in individual workouts leading up to the draft and a strong few months could see him work his name into draft consideration. Teams will want to know if Greene can get on the same page with a coaching staff and accept a role, even if it's that of a JR Smith or Nick Young type sparkplug off the bench.
Greene probably made a good call going pro a year early despite the fact that it looks like he won't be drafted. Even if we ignore any potential conflicts with the coaching staff (personality or otherwise), he may have struggled to get significant playing time at KU once again in the 2016-17 season. The Jayhawks bring back Mason and Graham as starters, and the 3 position is now pretty loaded with Svi and incoming top prospect Josh Jackson. He likely would have been relegated to 3-point sharpshooter once again, a catch-and-shoot specialist.
Look for Greene to go undrafted and try to make a roster by signing a free-agent deal following Thursday's NBA Draft.