Ben Brust admitted he's still getting over it. The NCAA Tournament ride for the Wisconsin Badgers was a thriller. Now it's on to new challenges for the sharpshooting guard, who helped his team reach the Final Four with a remarkable postseason run. So here Brust was on Friday afternoon, going through the paces at the Cousins Center in the Milwaukee Bucks' first draft workout. Brust joined Marquette and former Racine St. Catherine's player Jake Thomas, North Dakota State forward Taylor Braun and Oregon forward Mike Moser in the session, directed by Bucks assistants Bob Bender and Josh Oppenheimer. "I'm just going to finish up graduation next week," Brust said. "Get graduated and get off to L.A. a little bit to see the sun. I know we haven't seen it here in Wisconsin at all. "Basketball and sun will be fun." Brust said he will be working out with Wasserman Group athletes at a Los Angeles training base, including projected lottery picks Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart. The 6-foot-1 senior from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., has more modest goals but said he wants to see where the workout process will take him. "You've got to play against those guys to get better and see where you rank," Brust said. Wisconsin lost in the national semifinals to Kentucky after freshman Aaron Harrison sank a deep three-pointer in the final seconds, ending the Badgers' dreams of a championship. "It took me a little bit to get over that game, and I don't think I'll ever get over it fully," Brust said. "But it was a great experience." Moser, a 6-8 senior, already was working out for his third NBA team after earlier sessions with Sacramento and Utah. And Thomas showed a sense of humor when talking about his experience on the Bucks' practice court. "My options are open," Thomas said. "I'm realistic. I don't think the Bucks are taking me with their first pick. But if they did, I would gladly accept. "I'm taking every opportunity and taking advantage of it. I think if I keep working hard and keep making shots, you never know what will happen." The Bucks, after finishing with the worst record in the NBA, have the best odds of landing the No. 1 pick in the June 26 draft.
Ben Brust shows Bucks his stuff
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 10