With the first of their four selections in Sunday's 2016 NBA Development League Draft, the Delaware 87ers drafted guard/forward Brannen Greene with the seventh overall pick.
Greene, a 6-7, 215-pound junior, turned pro this spring after three years at the University of Kansas. Last season, Greene averaged 5.4 points per game while shooting at an impressive 49.2 percent clip from deep. For his Jayhawks career (93 games), Greene shot better than 42 percent from beyond the arc.
"[Greene] is a young player who I think has NBA upside," said Sevens' GM Brandon Williams moments after selecting the former McDonald's All-American. "I think he's a young stud that didn't see his potential realized and a lot of that happens when there are great players that are constantly recruited in... We see a young, NBA upside floor-spacer who should be able to create his own shot."
Greene was a top-50 recruit coming out of high school, but several public spats with Jayhawks' head coach Bill Self likely led to Greene's decision to enter this summer's NBA draft. After going undrafted, the former Kansas standout played five games with the Memphis Grizzlies' entry in the Vegas Summer League.
The Sevens also drafted three other players on Sunday:
- Benito Santiago, Jr., F, 6-6, 210: Santiago, Jr. - son of the famous Major League Baseball catcher - spent the last four years in the Puerto Rican BSN, the last two of which coming with Atleticos de San German. In 2015-16, Santiago Jr. averaged 13.8 points and 3.2 rebounds.
- Grandy Glaze, F, 6-6, 235, Grand Canyon University: A native of Toronto, the 6-6 Glaze played three years for the University of Saint Louis before transferring to Grand Canyon University for his senior season. In 2015-16, Glaze averaged 14 points and 8.8 rebounds (including 2.3 OREB/game) for the Antelopes while shooting 59.6 percent from the field. In June, the Sixers brought Glaze in for a pre-draft workout.
- Christian Macauley, C, 6-9, 218, Texas A&M Commerce: After two years at St. Mary's College (MD), Macauley finished his collegiate career at Texas A&M Commerce, where he earned Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The 87ers begin training camp on Tuesday, November 1 and kick off the regular season on November 12 with a home game versus the Westchester Knicks at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.