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Blazers’ Coaching Staff Tabs Brown as ‘Eager Learner’

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Trail Blazers assistant coach Roy Rogers praised rookie Greg Brown III’s performance in Las Vegas.

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Rookie forward Greg Brown III made a solid impression on the Trail Blazers’ coaching staff with his work in practice and on the floor in Las Vegas. The Oregonian’s Aaron Fentress spoke with Brown and assistant coach Roy Rogers about the events that have unfolded in recent weeks.

Brown, who delivered a signature highlight in Las Vegas with an eye-popping dunk, earned praise from Rogers. The former Clippers assistant detailed Brown’s attitude and athleticism.

“Greg is so athletic and that’s just a rare glimpse into his athleticism,” Rogers said. “I told him, ‘I’ve been in this league a long time as a player and a coach. I’m not sure I can ever remember witnessing something like that in a summer league game, a preseason game, or any game.’ I’m excited for Greg. He’s an eager learner. He works hard. I think he has a really bright future provided he stays humble and continues to work.”

Brown explained that he is approaching the start of his NBA career as an opportunity to improve.

“Every day is a learning experience,” Brown said. “They’ve been teaching me how to become a pro on and off the court and I’ve been soaking it all in, being a sponge and trying to get better.”

In five outings, Brown averaged 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He connected on 57.1 percent of his attempts from the field while averaging 19.4 minutes per game.

You can read the full story from Fentress at The Oregonian.