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Brunner gets shot with Timberwolves
Greg Brunner will play in a summer league with the Minnesota Timberwolves. AP photo

IOWA CITY — Greg Brunner only wanted a shot.

And he’s going to get it.

The former Iowa Hawkeye and Charles City standout accepted an offer to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ summer league team in Las Vegas beginning July 6.

“I can’t wait to get out there and play,” Brunner said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life.”

The Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets also showed interest in the 6-foot-7, 245-pound forward.

But after speaking with his agent, Brunner believed Minnesota had the most to offer.

“It’s a perfect fit,” Brunner said. “It’s close to home and their style of play is suitable to mine. Hopefully, I can catch on.”

Brunner was not selected in Wednesday’s two-round NBA Draft.

That didn’t come as a surprise to Brunner.

“I realized that maybe I’d have to be lucky to be drafted,” he said.

By not being selected, though, Brunner had his choice of teams to join.

The Timberwolves selected Villanova guard Randy Foye in the first round and Boston College forward Craig Smith and Greece center Loukas Mavrokefalidis in the second round.

Brunner is Iowa’s all-time leading rebounder with 990 for his career.

The first-team all-Big Ten selection averaged 14.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season.

Now, he hopes to earn a job with his play in Las Vegas.

“Everything has worked out perfectly,” Brunner said.

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