MOSES BROWN 2018 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCOUTING REPORT
#20 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2018)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 240 POUNDS
HIGH SCHOOL: ARCHBISHOP MOLLOY HIGH SCHOOL IN NEW YORK CITY
CHOSE UCLA OVER: ARIZONA, UCONN, KANSAS, LOUISVILLE, AMONG MANY OTHERS
The recruiting process for one of the top centers in the high school class of 2018 is done. Moses Brown will be a UCLA Bruin next season. We saw Brown perform live a few weeks ago at the SNY Invitational for 2 games. The newly named McDonald’s All-American flashed glimpses of why he was so highly coveted by college basketball’s elite programs.
The 7’1″ Brown is a legit center. While watching the future Bruin live, we came away very impressed with how well he moves for a player his size. His agility and athleticism are excellent for a high school player. We consider Brown’s defense to be ahead of his offense in terms of production at this stage in his development. The center shows big-time rebounding ability on both ends. With long arms and a 7’4″ wingspan and 9-3 standing reach, he can dominate a game on the boards.
Just like we expected, the opposition was leary of coming into the paint. The NYC star shows very good timing when blocking shots. He should immediately help out UCLA next season on the defensive end. Brown was more physical than we thought. He is pretty well built right now. We are excited about what he will look like once he gets into a college weight room. If he gets up to 260 pounds and keeps his athletic ability, he has a chance to be a premier college defender.
The 20th ranked overall prospect’s offensive game is developing. Put-backs, tip-ins, and dunks make up a majority of his scoring. Brown’s quick feet gives him an advantage down on the box. He sports a pretty drop step that he should utilize more often. We see him being a willing passer out of double teams and can find the open man. His current teammate is 5-star junior PG Cole Anthony. This makes it hard for a team to double team either player as they play very well as a pair. Brown shows a soft touch around the basket as well as soft hands.
Expanding his shooting range and free throw shooting are 2 areas in which Brown needs to improve upon. His shooting mechanics can be inconsistent. He shoots free throws at a low percentage, and we believe his mechanics are a major reason why. In order to stay on the floor late in a college game, big-men need to be able to hit free throws. It would benefit the youngster to get a nice little 10-12 foot jumper in his offensive repertoire. Centers in today’s college and NBA game need to have a shot farther than 5-6 feet away from the rim.
It is very clear to see why Moses Brown is heading to one of the most prestigious basketball programs in america. The talent he has for a seven-footer are undeniable. He is also raw on the offensive end it will take some time for him to turn into the player that he can be. We compare Brown to Kentucky freshman Nick Richards. Both have very good defensive abilities and are developing on the offensive end. We look for Brown to give UCLA a much needed defensive presence next year. How much he improves on the offensive end will determine how good of a college player he will be. His upside is high.
PRO’S AND CON’S OF MOSES BROWN’S OVERALL GAME
Very good agility and athleticism for a 7-footer
Raw offensive game
Inconsistent shooting mechanics
Low free-throw percentage
Needs to expand shooting range
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF MOSES BROWN
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