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Bucks: Milwaukee acquires draft rights to second-round pick Sterling Brown
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Bucks: Milwaukee acquires draft rights to second-round pick Sterling Brown

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SMU guard Sterling Brown (3) celebrates with teammate Nick Russell after sinking a shot against Connecticut on Jan. 4, 2014, in Dallas. SMU won the game 74-65. The Milwaukee Bucks acquired the draft rights to Brown, the 46th pick in the 2017 NBA draft, from the Philadelphia 76ers for cash considerations. 

As the importance of 3-point shooting in the NBA continues to grow, the Milwaukee Bucks are searching for added depth on the perimeter. 

The team bolstered its long-range shooting on Thursday by trading for the draft rights to former SMU shooting guard Sterling Brown from the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Brown, the 46th overall pick in last month's NBA draft, was named to the All-American Athletic Conference second team as a senior last season after averaging 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting an AAC-best 44.9 percent from 3-point range. 

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound 22-year-old from Maywood, Ill., started 106 of the school-record 136 games he played, averaging 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists over his four seasons with the Mustangs. 

Brown shot an SMU-record 53.6 percent from behind the arc as a junior, and his career 45.1 percent 3-point mark is second-best in school history. 

Brown, the brother of former NBA player Shannon Brown, is expected to suit up this week for the Bucks' entry in the NBA Summer League.

Milwaukee's first Summer League game is Friday at 5:30 p.m. Central against the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer squad and will be broadcast on ESPN2. 

The Bucks also signed former University of Wisconsin star Bronson Koenig to a two-way contract, which allows him to play in the NBA's G-League while spending up to 45 days with the Bucks. Koenig will be playing for his home-state Wisconsin Herd.

And undrafted rookie JeQuan Lewis of VCU also has signed a free agent deal with Milwaukee. The 6-foot guard averaged 15.2 points and 4.5 assists last season, made the all-conference first team and the all-Atlantic 10 tournament team.

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