J’Covan Brown, Junior, Shooting Guard, Texas
Junior guard J’Covan Brown decided to forgo his senior year to enter the NBA draft and provide for his young daughter. Even with his draft uncertainty, I suppose there is no way to criticize this family decision. The problem is Brown will not be taken in the first round, thus not guaranteeing himself a contract.
On last year’s loaded Texas squad, Brown was a bench scorer, a player who could carry an offense for spurts at a time. This year, the Longhorns were Brown’s team, and he certainly stepped up. Leading the Big 12 in scoring, J’Covan poured in over 20 points per game, with 2.4 threes per contest and a tremendous touch from the foul line. And even though he more than doubled his shot attempts per game, his field goal percentage increased as well. Unfortunately, even with the jump in his game, he is still not a great shooter. And with few other skills to make a well-rounded game, Brown relies heavily on his shooting.
There is, with a doubt, a place in the NBA for a scorer like Brown if he is capable of translating his skills to the next level. Every team is looking for that sixth or seventh man to come off the bench and knock down four or five shots in the span of a quarter. Bench scoring often shifts the momentum of a game. It remains to be seen whether Brown can do this in the NBA though, being given much fewer shots to get his points by. Therefore, Brown gets a second round grade.
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