Marshon Brooks has more than piqued the curiosity of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brooks, an athletic 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Providence, had a private workout for Bucks officials Sunday in Chicago.
Normally, the Bucks work out their draft prospects at their training facility in St. Francis. But because of a scheduling conflict, the Bucks and Seth Cohen, Brooks' agent, agreed to meet in the Windy City.
The Bucks put Brooks through a 1½ hour workout and came away impressed. Assistant general manager Jeff Weltman and player personnel director Dave Babcock were among the Bucks officials in attendance.
"The Bucks like him a lot,'' Cohen said. "The Bucks are now looking to bring him there (to Milwaukee) for another workout.''
That might not happen, though. Cohen said his client already has several scheduled workouts before the June 23 draft, including three this week, starting today with the Chicago Bulls.
"Obviously, time is running out,'' Cohen said. "But I'll try to do everything humanly possible to get him up there.''
Brooks was the nation's second-leading scorer this season, averaging 24.6 points a game. He had two exceptional scoring games: a 43-point performance against Georgetown and a 52-point outburst against Notre Dame.
While Brooks' scoring skills are apparent, some observers have questioned his team play and ability to share the ball.
But Brooks insists he's a team player.
"I'm not a selfish player by any means,'' said Brooks, who played point guard his sophomore season at Providence. "That was my role. They (Providence coaches) wanted me to score the ball.''
While Brooks had a banner senior season at Providence, he raised a lot of eyebrows at the Chicago pre-draft camp last month with his exceptional athleticism.
His wing span was measured at a freakish 7-foot-1 and he exhibited an impressive 38½-inch vertical leap.
Those measurables, combined with some recent quality workouts, have made Brooks one of the biggest "risers'' in the draft.
Once considered a late-first to early-second round pick, Brooks is regarded by some teams as a fringe lottery selection.
The Bucks, who have the 10th overall selection, are in the market for a shooting guard-small forward type.
Brooks is believed to be one of four shooting guards drawing close scrutiny from the Bucks.
The others are Alec Burks of Colorado, who is generally regarded as the best shooting guard in the draft and recently worked out for the Bucks; Klay Thompson of Washington State, who is generally considered the best pure shooter among two guard prospects, and Jordan Hamilton of Texas who, at 6-7, has exceptional size and a potent offensive game.
Hamilton and Thompson are expected to work out for the Bucks on Wednesday.
- Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson will have a formal interview with Detroit Pistons executives this week.
The Pistons are looking to fill their vacant head coaching position after firing John Kuester.
Sampson is highly-regarded in the coaching ranks. He joined the Bucks' coaching staff three years ago after compiling an outstanding college record at Oklahoma (279-109) and Indiana (43-14).
Twice, Sampson was chosen the National Coach of the Year.
- Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer will be working out for the Bucks next Tuesday.
Leuer, a projected late-first to early-second round pick, is on a whirlwind tour of the NBA.
He worked out for Cleveland Monday and will work out for Houston and Portland before attending Badger teammate Joe Krabbenhoft's wedding on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Leuer said he expects to have worked out for 15 teams - or half of the entire NBA - before the draft.
- From the hard-to-believe but true department: The Bucks beat the world champion Dallas Mavericks in both of their games this season: 103-99 on Dec. 13 in Dallas and 99-87 on Jan. 1 in Milwaukee.
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