Bruce Brown 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
COLLEGE: MIAMI (FL)
WEIGHT: 195 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: (MID-FIRST ROUND)
Bruce Brown was part of a very good 2016 recruiting class that Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga had. The former 4-star recruit and top 30 prospect had a very solid freshmen campaign for Miami last season. Through 8 games into the 2017-18 season, Brown has solid stats throughout the stat sheet. He is averaging 11.8pts, 5.6reb, 3.2ast, and 1 steal per game. These stats show his all-around skill-set as he is one of the more talented players in the ACC Conference.
We were very high on the Massachusetts native after evaluating him during his senior year of high school at Vermont Academy in Vermont. He is a well above-average athlete who can play both guard spots. This will enhance his value to an NBA team. We are impressed with his high motor. He plays the game the right away and is always hustling. In our opinion, he is one of the top 2-way players not only in the ACC conference but in all of college basketball. He doesn’t get the national attention that he deserves because his scoring average isn’t very high. However, NBA scouts know what he brings to the court as he impacts the game in many ways.
The 6’5″ sophomore is a solid play-maker from either guard position and makes the game easier for his teammates. Brown seems to be in constant motion as he is very proficient while scoring on the move. He shows solid shooting fundamentals, although there is room for improvement. Because of his ball-handling ability, he has a very good knack for scoring off the dribble. He can attack the rim and finish with contact as well as pull up for a mid-range jumper. Once Brown gains a consistent 3-point shot we believe his offensive production will vastly improve. He is sometimes too unselfish. The talent is there for him to take over games.
What make Bruce Brown a coveted NBA prospect is his ability to impact a game on both ends of the court. Known as one of the better defenders among all guards in the country, he can disrupt offensive sets. Blessed with a 6’9″ wingspan, his lateral quickness and size causes problems for opposing guards. He can get into passing lanes for steals, which leads to fast-breaks. We had him rated as one of the best defenders during his senior year of high school and he has continued his excellent play on the defensive end. He shows aggressiveness when guarding opponents, although he can commit reckless fouls. As an overall defender, he will be one of the better ones that will be in the 2018 NBA Draft.
We thought Bruce Brown could have been a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. He has a lot of untapped potential. The ability to play both guard spots to go along with being a potential big-time defender will make him a valuable piece to an NBA rotation. He is a very strong and physical 2-way player who will be a first round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. If he can show improvement in his overall shooting during individual workouts leading up to the draft, a case could be made for him slipping into the back-end of the lottery. When we evaluate players, we put emphasis on players who play both ends of the court. Brown does this. In our opinion, in 3-4 years he just might make NBA teams regret passing him up come NBA Draft night.
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