July 13, 2009
by Nick VanDemark for www.MURedHawks.com
Former Miami University men’s basketball standout and 2009 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Michael Bramos began play on Friday with the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association’s Summer League taking place on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev.
Although he went undrafted in this year’s NBA Draft, Bramos, a native of Harper Woods, Mich., has been on the radar of his hometown Pistons. After a senior season where he averaged 17.9 points per contest and earned All-America honors, Bramos had sparked some interest from the professional ranks.
“I had a pre-draft workout with the Pistons and it went pretty well,” explained Bramos. “Then, the day after the draft they called my agent and offered me a spot on their summer league team.”
Although the league is just getting underway, Bramos has been hard at work in Las Vegas for most of the summer. After graduating from Miami in May with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Bramos flew to Las Vegas and worked out there for the next six weeks.
After travelling home for a few weeks, Bramos returned to the West Coast the first week in July for a few days of practice in preparation for the start of the NBA Summer League on July 10. The Summer League is designed to give NBA rookies and undrafted free agents a chance to practice their skills against other players who are new to the league or trying to break into the professional ranks.
Bramos and the Pistons’ summer team will play five games during the week-long league schedule against teams representing other NBA franchises. Bramos has simple goals for his time on the team.
“I’m just trying to play well and do what the team needs,” said Bramos. “I’m just focusing on playing good defense and hitting open shots. I just want to find a role.”
In his first game with the Pistons, Bramos amassed 13 points in 15 minutes of action as the team collected an 86-77 win over Sacramento. Although he played just four minutes in Detroit’s second game, Bramos compiled a quick five points in another winning effort, a 91-87 triumph over Toronto.
The NBA Summer League will certainly not be Bramos’ final appearance on the hardwood. When the league concludes July 17, the former RedHawk will have some decisions to make. Bramos has been in contact with multiple teams in Europe and feels that is a viable destination for him.
“I’m going to have to sit down, look at my options, see if anything else presents itself, and figure out where to play next year,” said Bramos. “Things in Europe look promising. I have had some good offers over there, and that’s a real good option for me to have.”