Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Bucks keeping draft options openWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Bucks have no idea what to expect tomorrow night when the NBA Draft unfolds. Milwaukee has the 10th pick in the first round. And scouting director Billy McKinney says he’s planning for a variety of scenarios.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks have no idea what to expect tomorrow night when the NBA Draft unfolds. Milwaukee has the 10th pick in the first round. And scouting director Billy McKinney says he’s planning for a variety of scenarios.
First of all, no one outside of Minnesota seems to know if the Timberwolves will keep or trade the Number-two pick – and what the ripple effects might be. McKinney says the three picks immediately before Milwaukee’s will have a huge effect on who the Bucks will take. Sacramento has the seventh pick, Detroit eighth, and Charlotte ninth. Speculation and mock drafts seem to indicate that the Bucks are in line to pick shooting guards Klay Thompson or Washington State or Alec Burks of Colorado. Both could improve a Bucks’ team which had its lowest shooting percentage last season since Milwaukee joined the NBA in 1969 – around 43-percent.
A Green Bay area prep quarterback will play his college football in the Big Ten this fall, at Northwestern. Austin Kassner of Ashwaubenon has been named one of nine preferred walk-ons for the Wildcats. He completed 49-percent of his passes last year for 982 yards and eight touchdowns. And Kassner ran for 448 yards, as he led Ashwaubenon to a 9-0 mark and a conference title. Kassner is the second Green Bay area football player to become a preferred walk-on at a Big Ten school other than Wisconsin. Notre Dame High School punter Peter Mortell is joining Minnesota.