Brown hires big-shot agent

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Denham Brown is following in the footsteps of Raptors star Chris Bosh on the agent path.

The Toronto-born Brown, the top Canadian prospect for the 2006 NBA draft on June 28, will be represented by Chicago-based Henry Thomas, whose stable of NBA clients includes Bosh, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and Michael Finley of the San Antonio Spurs. Brown, who is pegged as a second-round pick on several websites, completed his college eligibility at the University of Connecticut when his attempted game-winning shot did not find the net in a quarter-final game at the NCAA tournament.

There will be plenty of speculation on whether the Raptors have interest in Brown. His agent can't hurt the swingman's cause on that front. Thomas and Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo have had many conversations since the latter man joined the Toronto organization in February, eventually leading to Bosh's statement last week that he expects to sign an extension with the team that drafted him.

Thomas has a long-standing relationship with Colangelo, dating back to the contract Finley signed with Colangelo's old team, the Phoenix Suns in 1995. Brown, who played with Raptors rookie Charlie Villanueva at UConn, is expected to begin working out for teams next month. He will try not to end up in the same situation as the previous two Canadians to be named as potential second-round picks -- Carl English and Juan Mendez, both of whom went undrafted.

Meanwhile, 6-foot-3 Connecticut point guard Marcus Williams said yesterday he will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.

Williams is the third underclassman to announce he will leave UConn early this year, joining junior forward Josh Boone and sophomore swingman Rudy Gay.


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