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COREY BREWER
Age: 21
Hometown: Portland, TN
College: University of Florida
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Height: 6-9
Weight: 185 lbs.
Class: Junior

Now that Corey Brewer is more than officially a Timberwolf, we took some time to update his pre-draft bio, including an evaluation from the Las Vegas Summer League.

SUMMER LEAGUE EVALUATION:
Brewer was flat-out terrific in Las Vegas, so don't believe it if someone tells you otherwise. We were in Sin City watching the UF champ, and the Wolves' coaches, teammates, and brass were thoroughly impressed with his performance. We also spoke to a few scouts, PR guys, and what have you, and the collective impression of Brew was that his game is tight. In terms of numbers, Brewer definitely struggled with his shooting, hitting only 28.1 percent of his shots, but he more than made up for it with all of the other things he did so well:
- For starters, he led the team in rebounding with 9.6 boards per game, and he seemed hungry to climb onto the glass.
- Towards that end, assistant coach Rex Kalamian marveled at Brewer's ability to grab a board and immediately get out in transition and lead the fast break. He proved to be a deft passer while in transition, often hitting Randy Foye or Rashad McCants for wide-open looks. That is not a skill that many NBA players possess.
- He scored 11.0 points per game despite struggling from the field by getting to the foul line, and making 21-of-25 shots (84.0%).
- His defense proved to be outstanding as advertised; Brewer often defended the other team's best player at the 2, 3 or 4 position. His ability to get in passing lanes and just generally disrupt the flow of the other team's offense resulted in several steals and swats.
- His basketball IQ is tremendous. He knows where guys are on the floor, enjoys passing the basketball, and, according to both head coach Randy Wittman and to Foye, is an extremely quick learner. Tell him how to do something once, and you're good.

STRENGTHS:
Among the best defenders in college basketball last year, Brewer is a versatile, terrific athlete that runs like a gazelle, or some other fast animal. Oh yeah, he's also 6-9 with a big vertical, and long (like Jay Bilas will said 20 times on draft day). A swingman by nature, his ability to play either the NBA 2 or 3 spot is appealing, and his lengthy arms, foot speed and anticipation enable him to play lock-down defense. His basketball IQ is excellent, and his streaky shooting is improving. He also puts the ball on the floor pretty well.

WEAKNESSES:
While he's terrific with the ball in the open floor, Brewer will have to prove that he can beat NBA defenders off the dribble in half-court sets. Defensively, at just 185 pounds, he might struggle to guard some bigger 2s and 3s at the next level when isolated, particularly on the low block. Despite his lights-out shooting from three in the Tourney, he shot just 33.6% for the season and needs to show more consistency.

HOW HE'll FIT IN WITH THE WOLVES?
In a word? Great. Brewer's so versatile that he could play either the 2 or the 3 for Minny and have an immediate positive impact ... but expect to see him at the 3. Kevin McHale has talked about getting bigger at the 3, 4 and 5, and though he isn't a post, Brewer's length does make the Wolves "bigger." Brewer's presence guarantees an immediate boost to Minnesota's transition game, and will help stretch the floor for Kevin Garnett. With two straight National Championships at Florida, Brewer brings a winning attitude similar to that of Foye, Rashad McCants and Craig Smith. Perhaps most importantly, players like Foye and Smith talked about how much they loved playing with Brewer in Las Vegas, and you certainly can't teach that.

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT BREWER?

ESPN.com Player Card:
“An excellent NCAA tournament this season helped Brewer's stock perhaps more than anyone else. He got hot from the perimeter, answering his critics who said he couldn't shoot. His size, versatility and defense are elite for a player at his position.”

GatorZone.com:
“Using his long wingspan and quickness at 6-foot-8, he's become a ball hawk for the Gators. He intimidates inbounds passes. He annoys ball handlers outside the three-point line. And when Brewer plays that way, he lets everyone know. He screams. He hops all over the court in agreement."
Draft Express:
“While at Florida he was most effective as a catch and shoot player or taking advantage of defensive rotations to explode off the dribble going left and finish with a finger roll, Brewer has a lot of work to do on polishing up his half-court game and being a consistent shot-creating threat in the NBA.”

NBA.com Player Card:
“Length, foot-speed, anticipation and sheer desire make him an exceptional defender. Tough competitor. Excels in the transition game. Has shown improved range on his jumpshot.”

Tony Mejia of CBS Sportsline:
“He has become a favorite of many in this draft, projected as a can't-miss lockdown defender who already knows what it takes to win championships.”

NBADraft.net:
“Excellent finisher in transition where his athleticism allows him to finish with ease … Approaches the game with a blue collar attitude and does all the dirty work with a smile on his face.”

Rich Zuckerman and Tim Woitkun NBCSports.com:
“Long and athletic, Brewer could help push the tempo for the Wolves along with Garnett and Randy Foye. He'd give Minnesota a great defensive frontcourt and could ease the offensive load on KG as well.”
Jeff Fox of CollegeHoops.net:
“With a little work on his offensive game – most importantly improving the consistency of his outside jumper – and Brewer can be an impact player at both ends of the floor. At the very least he should be a rock solid contributor on the defensive end.”

AlligatorSports.org:
"Who doesn't need an athletic 6-9 player? If you have five, you want six. It's like candy. You can't get enough of it."

WHERE MIGHT BREWER GO? (Internet Mock Draft Recap)

NBA.com Consensus Mock Draft:
#7 to Wolves

Chad Ford of ESPN.com:
#8 to Bobcats

Dime Magazine
#5 to Celtics

NBA Draft World:
#7

Inside Hoops:
#11 to Atlanta

College Hoops Net:
#11