June 25, 2014<
Jabari Brown hopes his NBA dream becomes reality Thursday night. The former Tiger guard and 2014 SEC Scoring Champion (19.9 PPG) has been all over the country this spring working out for NBA teams in an effort to improve his NBA fortunes.
MUTigers.com caught up with Brown on Wednesday to talk about the draft process, his family and what it has been like traveling from city to city this offseason.
Q: Where will you be watching the draft and who will you be watching with tomorrow?
JB: "I'll be at home back in Oakland. I'll be watching with my mom, my dad, my brother and a few friends. I'm on my way back there now, so I'm looking forward to being home and spending some time with them."
Q: How is your father doing?
JB: "He is doing pretty well. He's really excited, everyone seems to be excited for tomorrow night. I'm real happy I get to spend the draft with my family."
Q: How has this Draft process been for you so far?
JB: "It's been a little crazy. Going to all these new places back to back. It's been fun though, getting to see some new cities along the way. It's been a good experience, but it's pretty hectic."
Q: It sounds like you shot the ball really well this spring. Have you felt good about your workouts?
JB: "I shot the ball real well. I felt good. The main thing they like to see is someone coming out ready to work and compete, so it went well for me."
Q: You have been working out quite a bit. Other than workouts, what goes into that process?
JB: "They work you out of course and then they spend some time getting to know you. You don't get much feedback from them, they just talk to you about that day's workout and then try to get to know you more as a person. I talked to a few clubs at the combine as well, it just depends how much they have had a chance to speak with you already."
Q: Do you catch yourself looking at those mock draft boards?
JB: "I didn't look at a mock draft all year. I just focus on what I can control. That stuff is funny. Some guys that are listed don't get drafted and others not listed get drafted. I just focus on what I can do as a player."
Q: Where has your home base been this summer for workouts, etc.?
JB: "I have been working out with Rob McClanaghan in Los Angeles. It's good being down here. My brother and some friends have been able to come down. When I was in San Antonio for a workout I saw Jordan and spent some time with him and his family. I'm on my home now though, back to Oakland, getting ready for tomorrow."
Q: Finally, have you had a chance to keep up with Mizzou and all the exciting changes going on here?
JB: "I have. Coach Anderson actually sent me a text today wishing me good luck. That was pretty cool. I'm looking forward to getting back to Columbia, meeting the staff and playing with the new guys. I'm excited for the program."
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