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Stanford's Brown picked by the Lakers in the NBA Draft

 

Stanford grad Anthony Brown was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Brown, who was the fourth pick of the round and 34th overall, becomes the 32nd NBA Draft choice in school history.

A native of Fountain Valley, Brown is the seventh player in program history to be chosen in the second round and the first taken by the Lakers since Mark Madsen in 2000.

Brown is the fourth player drafted during head coach Johnny Dawkins' seven-year tenure, joining Landry Fields (2010), Josh Huestis (2014) and Dwight Powell (2014).

It's the first time Stanford has produced NBA Draft picks in back-to-back seasons since a four-year stretch from 1999-2002.

Stanford has now totaled 12 NBA Draft selections since 2000, trailing only UCLA (22) and Arizona (19).

Brown's impressive all-around game proved to be a valuable asset throughout his career, averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. A premier defender due to his length and athleticism, Brown wrapped up his career shooting 42.8 percent overall and 75.1 percent from the foul line. Brown was especially productive from three-point range over his final two seasons, shooting 45.3 percent as a junior and 44.1 percent as a senior.

Regularly tasked with guarding the opponent's top scorer, Brown ranks second all-time on The Farm in minutes played (4,200) and fifth in three-pointers (218). Brown is one of seven players in school history to compile at least 1,500 points and 600 rebounds. Meanwhile, Brown and fellow senior Chasson Randle both played in a school-record 144 games.

Tabbed an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention pick as a fifth-year senior in 2015, Brown ranked second in scoring (14.8 ppg) and assists (94) but led the Cardinal in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and three-point shooting (44.1 percent). Brown, who posted five double-doubles and scored in double figures in all but five games, finished his career with 1,562 career points, ranking 11th all-time in school history.

Brown was named the Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year in 2014, successfully returning to action after missing all but four games in 2012-13 due to a hip injury. Reaching double figures in 25 games, Brown averaged 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 45.3 percent from three-point range. His slashing, attacking style of play resulted in a 78.5 percent ledger from the foul line.

Appearing in 30 games as a rookie, Brown was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team after averaging 8.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

A communication major with a 3.26 undergraduate GPA, Brown also completed his coterminal M.A. in the media studies program. Brown is a four-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, earning honorable mention status twice before being recognized as a first-team recipient in 2014 and second-team selection in 2015. Brown was also named an NABC Honors Court pick in 2014.

Brown joined Randle and Stefan Nastic as Stanford's heralded senior captain trio accounting for 66.0 percent of the team's overall scoring and 45.3 percent of its rebounding. Brown departs The Farm having directed Stanford to 107 victories, an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance (2014) and two NIT championships (2012, 2015).

— Stanford Athletics

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