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Blazers Ink Greg Brown III to Deal

The team officially announced the signing of the 43rd overall pick from last month’s NBA Draft on Thursday.

2021 NBA Draft Combine Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers have officially come to terms with rookie forward Greg Brown III, the 43rd overall selection in last month’s NBA Draft out of the University of Texas.

The team announced the move in a press release Thursday.

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 12, 2021) – The Portland Trail Blazers have signed rookie forward Greg Brown III, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Brown, 19, was selected by the Pelicans with the 43rd overall pick in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft. The Trail Blazers acquired his draft rights on draft night in exchange for a future second-round draft pick and cash considerations.

As a freshman at Texas during the 2020-21 season, Brown (6-9, 205) averaged 9.3 points (42.0% FG, 33.0% 3-PT, 70.8% FT), 6.2 rebounds and 1.00 block in 26 games (24 starts). He was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection and was named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team and Freshman Team.

Brown attended Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas. As a senior, he was a McDonald’s All-American and selected as the 2019-20 Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

The rookie has shown signs of promise in each of Portland’s first two Summer League games. On Sunday against the Hornets, he scored nine points in 18 minutes of action with a pair of blocks. He followed up the performance with another nine-point effort in Tuesday’s game against the Clippers, also pulling down four rebounds in 14 minutes of action.

Entering Thursday’s matchup against the Pacers, Brown is 8-14 from the field, including 2-5 from beyond the arc, while also showcasing his impressive athleticism.