Pre-Draft Workouts Resume in Waltham with Brewer
By Peter F. Stringer
June 17, 2006
WALTHAM - Pre-draft workouts resumed at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint in Waltham on Saturday morning, as Arkansas guard Ronnie Brewer joined Miami's Guillermo Diaz, UNC's David Noel and Providence's Donnie McGrath.
"It was probably one of the most competitive workouts that I've been to," said Brewer, who has already worked out for Houston, Orlando, Chicago and Minnesota and has a few more scheduled before the June 28 NBA Draft.
Brewer, labeled the "best athlete in the draft" by some prognosticators, is expected to be a lottery pick, and he has a solid basketball pedigree. His father, Ron Brewer, was a part of the famed "Triplets" that led the Razorbacks to the 1978 Final Four, and he was the #7 pick in the 1978 NBA draft.
"He showed me the right way to play, taught me the basics, and I've just carried those concepts throughout my career," said Brewer.
Brewer has a strong all-around game, and shoots the ball pretty well despite a childhood waterslide accident that affects his shooting form, making his elbow flare out on jumpers. His form may not be textbook, but it seems to be effective nonetheless; he averaged 18.4 PPG last season for the Razorbacks.
While Brewer is thought of as a shooting guard, he can play the point and expects that he will likely be asked to handle some of those duties in the NBA. His versatility and athleticism should help him with the challenge; at 6'7" he's big enough to post up smaller opposing guards and quick enough to get around bigger opponents. Brewer's long arms help make him a tough defender as well.