Let’s make that a thing, ok? I, for one, love an appropriate and simplistic hashtag. And yes that most certainly is a dig at that weird ass hashtag that Mizzou Football is using, “#CHASE2DRE4MS”. It’s too clunky, y’all, and just plain weird.
Speaking of Mizzou Football and their clunky hashtags, they’ve got a huge “Gold Rush” recruiting weekend starting with some big name Missouri visitors including Ryan Wingo and Williams Nwaneri, the latter of whom is already in town.
Among the names visiting #Mizzou this weekend, per @247Sports:— Brandon Haynes (@BrandonHaynes_) June 23, 2023
- 5⭐️DL Williams Nwaneri
- 5⭐️WR Ryan Wingo
- 4 ⭐️LB Brian Huff
- 4⭐️ CB Cameron Keys
-4⭐️LB Jeremiah Beasley
-4⭐️RB Darrion Dupree
Huge weekend for the football program, and one that’ll define the 2024 class.
Anyway, that’s enough football talk from this gal, and back to the NBA Draft we go. I haven’t really watched a draft since Michael Porter, Jr.’s 2018 draft year, and vividly remember watching from my couch as he precipitously fell further and further in the lottery, much like that Villanova guy (Whitmore?) did Thursday night.
Once the picks hit the mid-20s with teams on the clock I know Kobe worked out for, I started getting all sorts of antsy. When would our guy, the TRUEST of TRUE sons, hear his name called?
Who would take a shot on one of my all-time faves to wear the black & gold? Sacramento? Memphis? Indiana? Portland? Denver? Charlotte? San Antonio? Cleveland? Washington? Orlando? I frantically thought back to all my Rain Man-esque draft posts to find some indication of who my new favorite team would be. That and I had decided to watch the draft at Shiloh Bar & Grill and was trying to figure out when I could feasibly escape to make my quick trip home and not miss Kobe time. Turns out I have a new favorite team NOT of those mentioned and I missed the announcement because I had literally just gotten in my car. Sorry, Nuggies, you’re no longer my fave, because...
Kobe Brown is a Los Angeles Clipper.
Prepare for the Kobe spam that is to follow. Per Dave Matter, he did work out for the Clippers, but it was one of the teams of his dozen workouts that we didn’t know about. AND he could get significant playing time. And also, the Missouri connections. SO MANY Mid-Mo connections! And randomly, just thought of him playing alongside Terance Mann… who was coached at FSU by CY and Dennis.
Quick thoughts on Kobe Brown to the Clippers: As many games as PG & Kawhi miss with injuries, Brown's got a chance to see major minutes as a rookie ... He'll be coached by a Missourian: Mexico's Tyronn Lue ... with former Mizzou standout Larry Drew as an assistant.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) June 23, 2023
Here’s the moment he got the call. Kobe said on a Zoom call with the media afterwards that he couldn’t help but cry. Me too, KB.
Here’s his full interview, courtesy of ABC17 Sports Director, Nathalie Jones. You can also read Jaden’s post (linked below).
Wow. That growth.
Kobe Brown by year:— Power Mizzou (@PowerMizzoucom) June 23, 2023
2018-19: unranked 3-star recruit
2019-20: 5.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
2020-21: 8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
2021-22: 12.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg
2022-23: 15.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Tonight: 1st round NBA Draft pick
His agency shares the news.
Now, some reactions.
Former Missourian beat writer, AK, who covers the Evansville beat now.
KOBEEEEEEEE BROWNNNNNNNNNNN LETSSSSSS GOOOOOOOOOO— Anthony Kristensen (@AMFKristensen) June 23, 2023
Frank Cusumano, STL radio guy
For the rest of his life Kobe Brown can say he was a first round pick in the NBA. 30th to the Clippers. This is awesome. @MizzouHoops— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) June 23, 2023
Former Mizzou beat writer and recent j-school grad
So happy for #Mizzou legend Kobe Brown. Through four years there he turned into a superstar before our eyes. Stayed when he easily could've hit the portal. Now a first-round pick. That's awesome.— Jack Soble (@jacksoble56) June 23, 2023
SEC analyst and CoMo native, Tom Hart
Not sure I’ve seen any Missouri player grow as much as Kobe Brown did in his time on campus. Early on, he seemed content with letting others take the lead and the big shot. By the end he was demanding the ball and welcomed the spotlight. He turned himself into a 1st rounder.— Tom Hart (@tom_hart) June 23, 2023
Nathalie has gotten to know KB well.
A fan take.
Dennis Gates took a guy who wasn’t even on draft boards and helped him get picked in the first round a year later.— Larry Thornton (@lmt_810) June 23, 2023
I imagine this will come up in living rooms across the country on recruiting visits.
We love a humble king. One of his agents, as I mentioned before, is Mark Bartelstein, who is also the agent of MPJ and Bradley Beal, as well as many others.
Kobe Brown says his agents at Priority Sports told him he could be a first-rounder before he signed with them. "I thought they were crazy."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) June 23, 2023
How significant is Kobe sliding into the first round?— Chris Kwiecinski (@OchoK_) June 23, 2023
There is a rookie scale set before each season for first round picks, and players can sign for anywhere from 80% to 120% of this scale.
According to RealGM, last year's 30th pick had a scale number of $1,828,300.
Some pretty good players have been the 30th pick in the NBA draft the last 20 years: Jimmy Butler, David Lee, Desmond Bane, Kevin Porter Jr., Josh Hart, Kevon Looney, Kyle Anderson https://t.co/QsVnc9FJsK— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) June 23, 2023
This WILL be my reaction every single time I watch him play.
The Junkyard Dog and current Buck assistant is pleased.
My agent Mark Bartelstein strikes again in the NBA draft with K. Brown from my school MIZZOU…#MIZ#30— DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) June 23, 2023
BK weighs in.
What an awesome story. You want to talk about a kid that was overlooked, meet Kobe Brown.— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) June 23, 2023
Unranked prospect on Rivals when he signed w/ #Mizzou in '19. 247 had him as the 64th best SF in his class.
Averaged just 7 points his first 2 seasons. Now, a 1st round pick. Awesome.
Rock M beat writer Parker shares his thoughts
The Los Angeles Clippers select Missouri forward Kobe Brown at No. 30 in the NBA Draft.— Parker Gillam (@gillam_parker) June 23, 2023
A great opportunity for Brown to learn behind some elite NBA forwards in his first couple of seasons. Congratulations to a Tiger great.
Love this, from the Mizzou Hoops in-arena announcer.
“In his first NBA season, out of #Mizzou, number 24, Kobe Brown!”— Phil Fortaleza (@philfortaleza) June 23, 2023
From Huntsville, AL, to CoMO, to Los Angeles, CA, the journey continues for @TheKobe24Brown. Congratulations to this True Son!
: @ABC17News pic.twitter.com/xxx7a41Qu2
Mr. Sunny (or is it Sonny?) himself:
The Clippers got a good one!!! M-I-Z!!! https://t.co/3HCWH93cHT— Kyle Smithpeters (@kylesmithpeters) June 23, 2023
Kobe Brown, L.A. Clipper— Matt Cline (@mcline_20) June 23, 2023
Kobe Brown - By the Numbers— Mizzou Hoops (@MizzouHoops) June 23, 2023
4⃣8⃣ Tiger selected in the NBA Draft
1⃣6⃣ First-Round NBA Draft pick
3⃣ Mizzou player selected by @LAClippers franchise, joining Gary Link (1974) & Malcolm Thomas (1985)#MIZ pic.twitter.com/tjZAAZQSjx
Kobe first rounnnndddd!!!!!— Daylan ☔️ (@daylancarnell) June 23, 2023
Ended the first round the right way !!! Contests @TheKobe24Brown— Dree Gholston (@DreeGholston4) June 23, 2023
Told y’all them boys from the Zou different !— Nick Honor (@NickHonor3) June 23, 2023
Statement SZN— Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU) June 23, 2023
Here are the L Frank press quotes on Kobe Brown and Jordan Miller. pic.twitter.com/xwTDWX4c0e
Analysis from national media:
Mizzou alum Jim Root of 2nd Chance Points (who wanted Kobe to be a Buck)
Ya know what, worth missing him on the Bucks to see my guy get a guaranteed deal and go in the first round. True Son, forever a Tiger, go be great Kobe https://t.co/IIKApidoxe— Jim Root (@2ndChancePoints) June 23, 2023
IDK about analysis, per see, but #MizzouMade at social media expert for The Athletic shares his excitement
Kobe Brown is a first-round pick to the Clippers!— Mark Kim (@MarkJKim_) June 23, 2023
Clippers writer Law Murray of The Athletic:
Theme for LAC tonight— Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU) June 23, 2023
- Age (Brown and Miller will both be 24 in January)
- Production (Brown was 2022 All-SEC, Miller 2023 All-ACC)
- Length (Miller 7-0 wingspan, Brown 7-1 wingspan)
- Shooting (Brown 55.3/45.3/79.2, Miller 54.5/35.2/78.4)
- Positional dimes
That said!!!— Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU) June 23, 2023
I profiled Kobe Brown @TheAthletic as part of my board. I said I saw Naz Reid shades, and Mason Plumlee is a free agent. Brown is skilled, and long, and has LAC character for sure.https://t.co/xUKKLqZIYQ pic.twitter.com/KgnTcqclP2
Clippers see Kobe Brown (6-7, 252) as a power forward. They were most impressed with his skill set at his size and length (7-1 wingspan).— Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU) June 23, 2023
2.5 assists to only 2.0 turnovers last two years at Missouri. Outstanding shooting percentages last year, can handle the ball.
From ESPN NBA reporters
Lawrence Frank says Kobe Brown learned how to play two different systems, expanded his game and improved his shooting. Says Brown can put ball on floor and shoot. Has length and IQ.— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) June 23, 2023
Kobe Bufkin and Kobe Brown were drafted in the 1st Round tonight. Rob Pelinka, one of Kobe Bryant’s closest friends, on the occurrence: pic.twitter.com/U9sPsmpG2L— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 23, 2023
From CBS’ Adam Finkelstein:
I really like this pick. This is the kind of move that a team does for financial values, but they took just a good player in general. He has almost a football frame and made a nice jump as a shooter and can guard bigger bodies because of that strength. That helps with playing him in small-ball units and makes him valuable.
And most definitely not to be forgotten:
D’Moi Hodge is a Los Angeles Laker.
The Tigers are taking over LA, y’all!!!! Almost right after the conclusion of the draft, it was announced, per reports, that the BVI native, who worked out for the Lake Show in early June, is also headed to the City of Angels.
Kobe Brown vs. D’Moi Hodge at Staples Center pic.twitter.com/dHuUkXhSlx— Mark Kim (@MarkJKim_) June 23, 2023
So proud of D’Moi. I have LOVED watching him this season. You know... you can vote for him in the Newcomer of the Year Rock M’my category.... just saying.
On to the Links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- The newest Rock M’mys award nominations are out, and it’s for I’m Him / I’m Her (best performance). Vote now! The polls close on July 4 at 7pm CST.
- Matthew J Harris presented a set of Reasonable Expectations: What baseline should Mizzou set for Jordan Butler?
- Jaden Lewis reported the big Kobe news: Kobe Brown drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers
- Jaden also reported that D’Moi Hodge joining the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-way contract
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: BK asked, What will be Missouri’s best position group in 2023?
- Columbia Tribune: Pros and cons of Lakers signing Mizzou’s D’Moi Hodge after the 2023 NBA Draft (Matt Stahl) | Pros and cons of Los Angeles Clippers taking Kobe Brown of Missouri basketball in 2023 NBA Draft (Stahl)
- PowerMizzou: D’Moi Hodge signs with Los Angeles Lakers (Drew King) | WATCH: Kobe Brown talks after the NBA Draft (Gabe DeArmond) | Kobe Brown drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (King)
- KC Star: In new Mizzou Tigers podcast, we evaluate the QBs and Kobe Brown’s NBA Draft prospects | Your Kansas City Star guide to 2023 NBA Draft: Live updates, analysis & pick tracker (Mason Young, Lawrence Price)
- Missourian: Mizzou’s Kobe Brown selected by L.A. Clippers in first round of NBA Draft (Jaden Lewis)
- ABC17: Mizzou’s D’Moi Hodge signs with Lakers (Nathalie Jones) | Mizzou’s Kobe Brown gets drafted by the Clippers in first round of NBA Draft (Jones)
- SBNation (the mothership): Instant grades on every 2023 NBA Draft first round pick
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Los Angeles Clippers select Mizzou’s Kobe Brown with final pick of NBA draft’s first round (Dave Matter)
- MUTigers.com: Kobe Brown selected by Clippers in first round of NBA Draft | D’Moi Hodge signs with Los Angeles Lakers
- Congrats, Frankie!
- PowerMizzou: Upside Downside: Interior Offensive Line (Jarod Hamilton) | Official Visit Preview: Johann Cardenas (Sean Williams)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read Matter’s new subscriber chat. When asked about incoming FB contributors, he had this to say:
I’d say the two projected starters along the O-line better be difference makers or it’ll be a rough season on offense: Cam’Ron Johnson at center and Marcellus Johnson at right tackle. Others: WR Theo Wease Jr. should be a starter on the outside; TE Brett Norfleet should have a chance to see the field; Triston Newson should get some snaps in the linebacker rotation; Joe Moore and Austin Firestone at defensive end; then the two DB newcomers: Sidney Williams at safety and Tre’Vez Johnson at star. I doubt they unseat the returning starters but should be part of the rotation and sub packages.
- PFF is really loving Mizzou players this preseason. Love to see it. Except Rake is too low.
Highest graded returning SEC Cornerbacks pic.twitter.com/Pcwt6sKoMn— PFF College (@PFF_College) June 22, 2023
Other Mizzou Sports
- Looks like Men’s Golf Head Coach, Mark Leroux, is finally handing over the program to his co-head coach, Mark Hankins. I feel like they’ve been co-head coaches for years at this point.
Thank you, Coach Leroux for all you’ve done for @MizzouMensGolf. Your student-athletes’ stories shared tonight were a tribute to the impact you’ve made on countless people. We wish you and Leslie so much joy in retirement ️ #AlwaysATiger #MIZ pic.twitter.com/HiZX3gTQXx— DR_Francois (@DRFrancois1) June 23, 2023
- New Inside Mizzou Athletics podcast alert!
Hear from new @MizzouBaseball Head Coach Kerrick Jackson, @Im_That_Dad_KJ, on the @Shelter_Ins Inside Mizzou Athletics Podcast— Mizzou Athletics (@MizzouAthletics) June 22, 2023
Listen to the full episode here ⤵️https://t.co/CAE9fhGbPPhttps://t.co/LjRyCkTJY0https://t.co/GrvMSXRgWt
or where you listen to podcasts #MIZ ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/ISNojTE2HG
- Congratulations, ALEX HONNOLD, who made the USA Softball Women’s National Team, and will represent the United States at the 2023 Japan All-Star series, taking place August 4-7. What a cool honor. (more from MUTigers.com)
- Mizzou Soccer released its schedule, per MUTigers.com. Their 2023 schedule includes 8 home games at Audrey Walton Stadium. First up will be two road exhibitions at Memphis on August 7, and at Oklahoma State on August 12. They start the season at home against SEMO on August 17, before heading to Creighton on August 20.
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