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Jordan Clarkson lands with Lakers, Jabari Brown goes undrafted

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 10:46 p.m. CDT; updated 6:33 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 27, 2014
Missouri's Jabari Brown, left, congratulates teammate Jordan Clarkson, right, after Clarkson scored during the first half of a game against Tennessee on Feb. 15 in Columbia.

COLUMBIA — Former Missouri basketball guard Jordan Clarkson was selected 46th overall in Thursday's NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards.

The rights to Clarkson were traded by the Wizards to the Los Angeles Lakers after the selection was made.

Clarkson averaged 17.5 points per game last year with the Tigers, which helped him earn All-Southeastern Second Team honors. The 6-foot-5, 186-pound guard was regarded as a late first-round prospect entering the draft but slipped to the middle of the second round.

The transfer from Tulsa put up 35.1 minutes and shot nearly 45 percent from the floor during his first and final season at Missouri, but he also went just 28.1 percent from 3-point range.

The Wizards' selection marks the third year in a row Missouri has had a player taken in the draft. Kim English, Marcus Denmon and Alex Oriakhi were taken in the last two drafts. It is also the first time Missouri has had players selected in three straight drafts since the draft shrunk from seven rounds to two.

Tigers teammate Jabari Brown was not drafted Thursday. The 6-foot-4 guard shot 41 percent on 3-pointers this season and was a first-team All-SEC selection after averaging 19.9 points per game, but his defensive abilities led to questions from NBA scouts.

"On the defensive side of the ball, Brown's potential is limited due to his size and length, as he will likely have trouble contesting the jump shots of taller players or defending them in the post," DraftExpress analyst Joshua Riddell wrote. "Further compounding the issue is his often nonchalant demeanor on this end of the floor, as he often looks lackadaisical in his approach here."

Teams will have an opportunity to invite Brown to camps and summer leagues in the coming days, where he could land a roster spot. He also might have opportunities to play overseas.


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