2018 NBA Draft Prospect: Troy Brown

 

Toy Brown
(Adam Eberhardt/ Daily Emerald)

 

Troy Brown is a 6-7 forward with a listed wingspan of 6-11 that played one year of collegiate ball at the University of Oregon.

In his freshman year, Brown averaged 11.3 points, 3.2 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. He was able to finish the season with a 44.4% field goal percentage as well as being the former Nevada player of the year coming out of high school.

Brown can do a little bit of everything on the floor which would make him a good fit for any team that decides to draft him. Brown helped Oregon finish their season with a 23-13 record as they were one of those bubble teams that barley missed out on the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid. Oregon went on to be eliminated in the NIT tournament by Marquette in the 2nd round.

(T-Highlights via Youtube)

Brown has a very high basketball IQ that is also very disciplined on the defensive side of the ball.

Brown was given a lot of chances to create opportunities for his teammates at Oregon as he was the primary ball handler for pick and rolls and repeatedly showed that he is able to read a defense and make the correct pass when needed to.

His play-making ability has also opened up the eyes of many NBA scouts as he possesses the ability to dribble like a guard at 6-7 and slash to the basket with the ability to finish through contact.

Brown has also shown that he knows where to be off the ball while playing defense and rarely gets caught ball watching which goes back to him showing off glimpses of his discipline which can carry over into the next level very nicely.

His jump shooting would probably be his number one concern coming into the NBA as at times it has shown to be very inconsistent. Watching the film, at times his jump shot is very smooth and hits nothing but the bottom of the net and other times it looks clunky and will clank off the back of the rim. If Brown could develop some confidence in his shot, it would add another feature to his already versatile game.

Keep in mind that Brown is still very young and has lots of room for development for his game. Brown can find himself possibly being selected late in the first round and can be a solid role player coming off the bench for any team that selects him. If the Hawks find themselves on the clock with Brown still on the board, it wouldn’t be a bad selection to take him and watch him develop possibly into a 6th man role.

Brown’s ability to do almost about everything on the floor ranging from his high basketball IQ as well as his tremendous defensive ability would only help the Hawks improve their roster. If Brown can develop his jump shot, this pick could turn out to be a steal for the Hawks down the road if he were to fall into their lap.

(Bandman Highlights via Youtube)

Cody Vickrey | @vickflairdrip

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