Barry Brown will take the floor for the first time as a professional Friday.
Brown, who starred at Kansas State the past four seasons, will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League team. The Timberwolves will play from July 5 to 15 at the Cox Pavilion and the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
In Brown’s first game — which tips off at 4 p.m. Friday and will air on NBA TV — he’ll face former teammate Dean Wade, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade debuted with 14 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in 28 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.
After their contest with the Cavaliers, Brown and the Timberwolves will face the Atlanta Hawks at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (airing on ESPN2), followed by the Milwaukee Bucks at 8 p.m. Monday (airing on ESPNU) and finishing with the Miami Heat at 6 p.m. July 10 (airing on NBA TV).
After the preliminary round, all 30 NBA teams, along with the national teams from China and Croatia, will be seeded in a tournament leading to a championship game July 15. Each team will play at least five games in Las Vegas.
Brown, who will wear No. 15 for Minnesota, will be joined on the 15-man summer league roster by 2018 NBA Draft picks Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech) and Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State) as well as 2019 second-round pick Jaylen Nowell (Washington). Other rookies on the squad include Canyon Barry (Florida), Tyus Battle (Syracuse), Jordan McLaughlin (USC), Jordan Murphy (Minnesota), Brandon Randolph (Arizona) and Naz Reid (LSU).
Head coach Ryan Saunders will guide the Timberwolves during their time in the Summer League.