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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Focus turns to NBA draft

Sunday, June 10, 2012 | 8:08 p.m. CDT; updated 8:25 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 10, 2012

COLUMBIA — Two of the top players from the Missouri men's basketball team took part in the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday and Friday in Chicago.

Kim English and Marcus Denmon both received invitations to the draft combine last month, which is a good sign because almost all players invited to the combine end up getting drafted. The combine provides players an opportunity to impress scouts before the NBA Draft on June 28.

Most attention at the combine focused around top prospects, such as Kentucky's Anthony Davis, but English seemed to turn some heads with a strong shooting performance.

Missouri will have the difficult task of replacing English and Denmon next season, and now will also need a new assistant coach. Ernie Nestor, who was an important part of Missouri's coaching staff last season, left this week to take a coaching position at Navy.

Nestor is the second assistant basketball coach to leave Missouri this offseason. Issac Chew left for Illinois in April, and has since left Illinois for Marquette.

Missouri baseball players get drafted

Missouri outfielder Blake Brown was drafted in the fifth round by the Atlanta Braves, becoming the Tigers' highest draft pick since pitcher Kyle Gibson went in the first round in 2009.

Brown, who just finished his junior season, said he will forgo his senior year to sign with the Braves organization.

Three more players were drafted later on: Shortstop Eric Garcia (Round 20, Braves), catcher Ben Turner (Round 21, San Francisco Giants) and Blake Holovach (Round 27, Seattle Mariners).

Former Missouri football player dies

Former Missouri linebacker Marcus Bacon died in a car crash in Houston on Saturday. He was 28 years old.

Bacon played three seasons for Missouri from 2004-2006. During his senior year, he had 107 tackles and two interceptions.

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.


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