June 26, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Former Washington State University men's basketball standout, Brock Motum, has had a busy couple of months as he's been preparing to take the next step in his basketball career, playing professionally.
A native of Brisbane, Australia, Motum has been working out in Washington D.C. with his trainer where he has been focusing mainly on his shooting and ball handling. In preparation for the 2013 NBA Draft this Thursday (June 27), Motum worked out with several NBA teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and most recently, the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
"It's pretty humbling," Motum said. "When I first came over (to the States) I didn't play that much my freshman year, and here I am now. It's nowhere close to where I want to be, but it's getting there, it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully my name gets called out Thursday and my dream comes true. If not, I'm excited to see where my career takes me next and I will continue to work toward my dream"
The workouts each lasted between an hour and an hour and a half and included a total of six different guys. Most workouts started with warm-up ball handling, followed by shooting drills, one-on-one games and situational three-on-three games. Following the on-court workouts, each guy was interviewed, having been asked questions about his family, career, what college was like, what his game is like, etc.
"All the workouts are a little different, but they're all the same, if that makes sense," Motum said. "Everything is charted during the workouts, all the GMs and scouts, everyone's there and they're watching you. I've had a great time working out with all these teams."
Motum, a 6-foot-10 forward finished his senior season leading the Pac-12 in scoring for the second-straight year with 18.7 points per game, while ranking fourth in the league in conference games only with 17.4 points per league game. He scored at least 11 points in all 32 games this season and reached double-figure scoring in 32-straight games. With 6.3 rebounds per game, Motum ranked 16th in the conference, while he was fifth in minutes played with 35.3 minutes per game. He had 5 double-doubles during the 2012-13 season, including in two in his three final games.
"I appreciate the support, not just for my four years at WSU but the continued support after," Motum said." It's pretty cool to see that the fans are keeping tabs on what I'm doing and want to know what's going on and wishing me the best. Thank you to all the Coug fans out there!"
In WSU's final regular season game, Motum moved into fifth on the WSU all-time career scoring list and finished his career with 1,530 points. Motum's 597 points this season ranks sixth on the single-season list. This past season Motum also became just the 12th Cougar to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in his career as he has 539 career rebounds. Motum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week both Dec. 10 and March 11.
Last season Motum was named the Pac-12 Most Improved Player and first team All-Pac-12. This past year he became the ninth Cougar to earn second team all-conference honors as it marked the 14th time a WSU student-athlete has earned the accolades. He joined Jim McKean, Don Collins and Kyle Weaver as the four Cougars to earn both first team and second team all-conference honors in their careers. WSU has had a representative on one of the first two all-conference teams each of the last seven seasons. Motum was also named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Teams in March.
The 2013 NBA Draft will take place Thursday, June 27 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 4 p.m. PT. It can be seen