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All Eyes on NBA Prospect Alec Brown as UWGB Opens Practice

7'1" Alec Brown is entering his senior season for the Green Bay Phoenix and many believe he is NBA-bound after that
For Alec Brown, Friday was his last first official practice at Green Bay.

"It's crazy," Brown said.  "It feels like just a couple of days ago I was coming in as a freshman.  It's gone fast, but I've enjoyed it for sure."

The 7'1" senior center enters his final college season as the only current player in the country to have put up more than 1,200 points, 600 rebounds and 200+ blocked shots.

After averaging 14 points, 6 rebounds and knocking down 30-of-71 three point attempts a year ago, the Phoenix big man went into the off-season just like he always does, looking to grow as a player.

"Obviously strength, post moves and that stuff, but it's not just that," Brown said of the improvements he focused on.  "Everyone wants to improve what they're not so good at but also keep improving what they are already good at."

Beyond just packing on 30 pounds and improving his game, Phoenix Head Coach Brian Wardle has seen Brown evolve as a person as well.

"To be honest what I am most proud of him about and what I love to see is just the maturity as a person," Wardle said Friday before practice.  "The confidence he has, the confidence that has grown in him, that's what college is all about, growing up and becoming a man.  "He definitely has done that."

The sum of it all has Brown being talked about as a legitimate possible draft pick in next years NBA Draft.  Brown refuses to talk much about anything beyond the season, but his coach thinks he has pro potential.

"I'm biased,' Wardle admits.  "Of course I see it in him, and I know he's capable of doing it.  He has the skill level, he's 7 feet and he can shoot.  He has a great skill set, he's a hard-worker, and he's a coachable kid.  He's very low-maintenance in every way.  There's no entitlement to Alec Brown and I think that's attractive."

Knowing it's his last chance Brown is ready to lead a young Phoenix team that came within one shot of making it to the Horizon League Tournament Finals a year ago and has plenty of talent to go along with five new players.

Brown has learned it's all about setting an example.

"It's not so much telling them because you can tell them all you want," Brown said.  "But you've just got to show them.  Show them the work-ethic it takes to play at the next level and hope that they just follow."
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