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Hornets sign undrafted forward John Brown to NBA Summer League deal

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The High Point big man averaged 19.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Panthers.

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The Charlotte Hornets have signed High Point power forward John Brown to an NBA Summer League deal, according to the official site of the High Point University Panthers. The 6'8" big man averaged 19.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game for the Panthers in 2016. The Hornets worked Brown out prior to this year's NBA draft, though he did go undrafted.

At 24 years old, Brown offers the Hornets a veteran presence — as far as summer league is concerned, anyway — and if he plays well enough, he should have a legitimate shot at making the roster. The Hornets are looking to make big moves in free agency this summer, necessitating cheap contracts to fill out the end of the bench. And hey, the Greensboro Swarm have a roster to fill out, too.

Brown's not especially skilled, but he's a high-energy player capable of scoring and rebounding effectively. And, judging by the clips available on YouTube, he does show promise as a defender at the NBA level should someone give him a chance.

Also, he did this once:

Orlando Summer League starts on July 2 and runs through July 8.