Former St. John's Red Storm star forward Justin Brownlee is looking to turn heads in the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League. Currently, Brownlee is playing for the Charlotte Hornets this summer, working to show how he can make an impact in a NBA uniform. He is averaging seven points, three rebounds and two steals for the 0-3 Hornets.
The 6'7 Georgia native has been bouncing around from the NBDL and the ABA for the last few years. St. John's basketball fans will remember him being a very important piece that turned around the basketball program from 2009-2011 coming from Chipola Junior College.
In his last season with the Red Storm, he averaged 12.3 points and five rebounds per game and was one of the catalysts that led the Johnnies back to NCAA tournament- under then new coach Steve Lavin.
Brownlee went undrafted in 2011, but got the opportunity to play in the D-League. In his first year with the Maine Red Claws during the 2011-2012 season, he averaged 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
In the following year in 2012-2013 season, Brownlee played for the San Diego Surf of the ABA, where he was an ABA All-Star.
Last season with Erie BayHawks, Brownlee had his best season. He averaged 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He also started 33 of the 46 games during the season.
For the last two years Justin Brownlee played for the New York Knicks' Summer League team. Last year he was invited to the Knicks training camp but wasn't selected for the 15-man roster before the season.
Brownlee played in Brussels and then also in Mexico, trying live out his dream of playing in the NBA. In this summer league, it seems to be Brownlee's best shot of making a NBA roster in his career. He still needs to show why he deserves to be brought into training camp for the Hornets.
After a (0-3) start, the Charlotte Hornets will be play in the Loser's Bracket of the summer league, starting off against the Dallas Mavericks this afternoon.