Winona High graduate taken in NBA draft

Alec Brown selected by Phoenix Suns in 2nd round

Winona Senior High School graduate Alec Brown was drafted in the second round of Thursday night’s NBA draft.

Brown, who played center for UW-Green Bay before graduating earlier this year, was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 50th overall pick.

He said he received a text from his agent, then saw his name on ESPN a couple minutes later. He was watching the draft with friends and family at a restaurant in Winona.

“I’ve kind of calmed down a little bit,” Brown said. “I’m not going to lie. It was a lot of hugging. Probably shed a couple of tears.”

The pick came as an absolute shock.

“Honestly, it was a toss-up. I didn’t know if I was going to get drafted or not. I knew I’d be happy either way, from all the hard work I put in. But just to see your name go up on the screen, it means a lot. With all my family here, for them to be here and celebrate with me, it was awesome.”

Brown worked out with 11 NBA teams; the Suns were first.

“I knew I’d be a good fit for that team right away. Right when I worked out for them, I had a good workout. Shooting the ball good, all the stuff we did in the workout was stuff that relates to their team. A lot of running, a lot of fast break stuff, which is what they do. It’s honestly what fits me the best.”

The seven-footer will play in the NBA Summer League next month.

“For them to pick me, it’s really exciting for me because I think I have a really good chance to make the roster.”