Last Thursday night, a Dorchester kid fulfilled his dream of going to the NBA. Shooting guard and city native Bruce Brown was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 42nd pick of the 2018 NBA draft, making him the only active player in the league from Dorchester.
Brown, who attended Wakefield High School and Vermont Academy before playing his college ball at the University of Miami, was a star player on the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC)’s AAU team, the prestigious basketball program that has developed such Boston-area talent as Wayne Selden Jr., Nerlens Noel, and Michael Carter-Williams.
Brown averaged 11.2 points and 7 rebounds per game in his sophomore season at Miami, after averaging 16 ppg with BABC in the Nike Elite summer league. In Detroit, Brown will join the likes of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, and will play under the tutelage of 2018 Coach of the Year Dwane Casey.