Oshae Brissett led Syracuse to an upset of Michigan State basketball at Little Caesars Arena back in March 2018.
He auditioned to suit up for his home games in the NBA to be in that same arena on Monday in Auburn Hills.
The 6-foot-8, 209-pound forward spoke after his pre-draft workout for the Detroit Pistons and vividly remembers the colors.
“How green it was the stands, but we had a small little section of orange,” Brissett said. “We were still able to fight through and get the ‘dub… You hear about March Madness, the “One Shining Moment” video at the end. Little things like that get everyone excited.”
Brissett, the ESPN’s No. 83 overall draft prospect, headlined Monday’s group at the Pistons practice facility. The Mississauga, Ontario, averaged 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds as a sophomore and participated in the NBA draft combine following an invite from G League Elite Camp.
“These type of things are more a mental test than any type of physical test,” Brissett said. “If you’re really able to push through, you change the process of the way you approach the game.”
As a freshman, Brissett helped Syracuse to a pair of upsets in the NCAA tournament, including the 55-53 victory over third-seeded Michigan State to lead the 11th-seeded Orange to the Sweet 16. Brissett had 15 points and nine rebounds that day against the Spartans.
“It was a great experience and something that I’ll never forget,” Brissett said.
Brissett said he is friends with Pistons forward Thon Maker, as both are represented by One Legacy Sports Management and attended Athlete Institute Prep in Mono, Ontario.
College senior guards Josh Perkins (Gonzaga), Barry Brown Jr. (Kansas State), and Zach Jackson (Omaha) and Brissett joined a pair of 20-year-old international forwards, France’s Digue Diawara and Serbia’s Nikola Miskovic.
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Perkins played with former MSU star Miles Bridges at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep in 2013-14. The former Gonzaga guard passed Basketball Hall of Famer John Stockton as the program’s all-time assist leader and finished his senior season averaging 11.0 points and 6.3 assists per game.
During his college career, Gonzaga was 130-19 and reached the 2017 national title game.
Perkins said winning is his greatest attribute.
“I bring out the best in my teammates,” Perkins said. “I think my track record and resume speaks for itself. As far as proving something, I think I’ve already proved a lot.”
Miskovic played against and beat Michigan in an August 2018 exhibition with Miskovic helped his professional team, KK Mega Bemax of the Adriatic Basketball Association, beat Michigan in an exhibition last August.
“I think we did a really good job beating those guys, because at that point they were the national champions,” Miskovic said.
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Published at Mon, 10 Jun 2019 21:40:21 +0000