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Two Longhorns participated in the full court scrimmage portions of the NBA Combine, hoping to showcase their abilities to scouts and general managers. Of the three former Texas players at the combine, Kai Jones did not participate in the scrimmages on day one, only Greg Brown III and Jericho Sims did.
The scrimmages are a huge aspect of the combine, as it gives players the opportunity to show improvement on skills that were in question.
To say that Sims and Brown had different reviews after the scrimmage would be understatement. Prior to the scrimmage, Greg Brown III was viewed as a late first round prospect in several mock drafts and undrafted in others. Brown underwhelmed in a huge fashion, and quite frankly decimated his stock as of now.
The forward posted awful numbers in the scrimmage and was more detrimental than helpful to the team.
In a little over 14 minutes of action, Brown shot 1-of-3 for two points, one assist, and two rebounds, while registering the second-highest +/- rating in the game with the least minutes out of both teams. He also turned the ball over three times and committed five fouls. Brown’s performance showed a lack of ability to create for himself, and there were times where the hustle was not there. Overall, Brown’s performance did not leave a lasting impression by any means.
Jericho Sims on the other hand not only got the start for the game, but had a fantastic showing in terms of his effort on both sides of the ball. He received grave reviews from analysts on multiple aspects of his game.
Sims was all over the floor as he had a nice stat line with 11 points, four rebounds, two assist, and two steals. It may not seem like a lot, but as a prospect who is very much a fringe player that might ultimately go back to school, this was a huge day for him.
Sims’ draft stock may have risen a tad, whereas Brown’s is trending downwards.