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FEATURED CLASS OF 2017 ARIZONA WILDCATS TARGET
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AAU TEAM: Las Vegas Prospects
OVERALL CLASS OF 2017 RANKING:
Scout: No. 11 (No. 3 small forward)
Rivals: No. 10 (No. 3 guard)
247Sports: No. 17 (No. 6 small forward)
ESPN: No. 28 (No. 5 small forward)
OTHER TOP CHALLENGERS FOR BROWN: California, Duke, Kansas, Texas and UCLA.
SCOUTING REPORT: From Scout.com — A point guard with elite size for the position at 6’5″, Brown is a nice athlete and terrific passer. While he’s not a true point guard and will need to keep developing his handle to be as effective as possible at the next level, his passing skills at that size make you prefer him on the ball. He is a competitive kid who always plays hard and defend multiple positions. He’s improved as a shooter and rebounds well for his position.
HOW HE FIGURES IN AT ARIZONA: Brown can be an immediate impact player because of his NBA size as a point guard and ability off the dribble as a small forward. If he wants to mature on the defensive end to complement his offensive skills (and enhance his NBA worth), playing for Sean Miller can only help. Brown has admitted his defensive intensity is something he is working on to improve. The major recruiting services list Brown at either point guard or small forward but considering Arizona’s strength at point guard with Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Kobi Simmons projected to return in 2017-18, Brown could merit a starting role on the wing, especially if fellow Las Vegas product Ray Smith jumps to the NBA after next season. Arizona has a team full of point guards or shooting guards next season with Smith the lone player with prototypical small forward size and skills. JC transfer Keanu Pinder (6’8″ and 220) should evolve into more of a power forward by the end of his college career after going through Arizona’s strength and conditioning program.
BACKGROUND: Miller and his staff have long been on Brown’s trail, dating to his freshman season at Las Vegas’ Centennial High School. I recall sitting next to former Arizona standout and assistant coach Damon Stoudamire at an AAU event in Las Vegas the summer before Brown’s sophomore year. Miller was one of the first Division I coaches to offer Brown a scholarship in May 2014. Miller continues to remain highly visible during Brown’s games with the Las Vegas Prospects. Brown is coming off winning a gold medal with the Team USA at the U17 World Championships in Spain in which fellow Arizona target Collin Sexton was the MVP. A teammate of Brown’s with the Las Vegas Prospects is forward Charles O’Bannon Jr., another wing prospect who is an Arizona target.
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— NBADraftProspects (@draftprosnba) July 8, 2016
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— Las Vegas Prospects (@LVProspects) June 12, 2016
ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.