Troy Brown, Jr. Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Troy Brown, Jr. was the 12th-ranked prospect in the 2017 high school class[1].
  • Through 15 games this season, the six-foot-seven swingman is averaging 16.1 points per 40 minutes on 51.4% effective shooting[2].
  • He looks the part of a 3&D wing but really likes to put the ball on the floor attacking closeouts and isolating out of ball reversals. He is also inclined to post-up smaller matchups every once in a while.
    • A point guard in high school, the freshman is tasked with setting up the offense when Payton Pritchard is out of the game but that only requires him to feed the side of the floor and trigger movement sequences, as Oregon doesn’t run high pick-and-roll that often.
  • On the other end, the 18-year-old[3] has been more impressive. Aside from possessing the physical profile to be expected to develop into an above average individual defender who offers versatility, Brown, Jr. has also shown appealing intelligence executing the scheme and making an impact in the hidden parts of the game.
  • He was ranked 19th on ESPN’s top 100 as of a month ago.

DEFENSE

  • Brown, Jr. hunches rather than bends his knees getting down in a stance but has enough lateral quickness to stay in front for two or three slides guarding on the ball, though he doesn’t use his 215-pound frame[4] to contain dribble penetration and sometimes does this thing where he’ll turn his body sideways when he feels he’s starting to lose attachment.
  • Oregon switches aggressively, not just on screens but on any sort of people movement, so he’s had plenty of opportunities to exchange into different types of players.
    • Brown, Jr. can keep pace with smaller players out on an island and has a six-foot-11 wingspan to effectively contest or intimidate shots.
    • Against bigger players, he opts to try playing stout post defense instead of tenaciously fronting the post. Given his chiseled frame, it’s not any sort of big who can back him down into an easy look.
  • Brown, Jr. is not a good option to cross-match onto smaller players for long stretches within a possession, though. He looks to go over picks at the point of attack but can’t get skinny and struggles to navigate them cleanly.
    • That said, he’s attentive enough to put a body on the roll man after passing up the dribble driver to his help defender.
  • Cross-matched onto bigger players, Brown, Jr. looked good in drop defense keeping pace with a pick-and-roll ball-handler attacking downhill and stepping up to the front of the basket in rim protection as a help defender.
    • He doesn’t play above the rim as a shot blocker but is more than willing to plant his feet and attempt drawing charges.
  • He knows not to help one pass away off the strong-side corner, tries to contain the ball in transition defense and is a proactive communicator on those switches.
  • Brown, Jr. has also flashed high IQ executing the scheme as a weak-side defender, rotating inside to pick up the roll man and guarding two men when Oregon blitzed an action on the opposite side of the court.
    • He’s shown decent instincts using his length to make plays in the passing lanes as well – averaging 1.7 steals per 40 minutes.
  • His effort on closeouts comes and goes but when engaged, Brown, Jr. has proven himself able to run the shooter off his shot and stay balanced to slide laterally defending off the dribble.
  • He’s been a very active contributor on the glass – collecting 22.6% of opponents’ misses over his 465 minutes this season.
  • As a very good team defender and someone who has helped Oregon finish a lot of possessions with events, he has the second best defensive rating on the team among rotation players[5].

OFFENSE

  • Brown, Jr. likes setting up his catch-and-shoot jumpers off 1-2 footwork, takes a pronounced dip for rhythm and has a bit of a long release. Given these issues, he hasn’t yet developed a quick trigger and doesn’t always get a great arc on his shot.
    • As is, he’s only an open shot set shooter at this point of his development – nailing just a third of his 57 three-point shots this season, at a pace of only 4.9 such attempts per 40 minutes.
    • He has hit 80.9% of his 47 foul shots, so the touch for him to eventually become a better shooter than that is there.
    • Brown, Jr. has taken a few shots drifting around the wing but other than that, he hasn’t yet flashed much in terms of being able to take shots on the move.
  • He isn’t very smooth putting the ball on the floor out of triple threat position or off ball reversals, lacking an explosive first step to blow by his man on speed or a tight handle to withstand pressure – turning it over on 17.7% of his possessions.
  • Brown, Jr. is not very fast with the ball and hasn’t shown much in terms of dribble moves or side-to-side shake to work his man out of position.
    • He can make a contested stop-and-pop jumper over his defender but is only capable and not yet a real shot maker – hitting just a third of his 33 two-point shots away from the basket[6].
    • Brown, Jr. does better forcing the issue, as he is able to get all the way to the rim one-on-one maintaining his balance and momentum forward through contact – taking 37.9% of his live-ball attempts within close range.
      • He is not an explosive leaper off one foot in traffic and hasn’t shown body control to hang or adjust himself in the air for acrobatic finishes among the trees but Brown, Jr. is strong enough to finish through contact – converting his 55 shots at the rim at a 63.6% clip and earning four foul shots per 40 minutes.
    • Brown, Jr. is inclined to post up smaller matchups every once in a while. He’s only shown a basic turnaround jumper leaning into his defender for now but has flashed appealing vision making cross-court passes after escaping a double team.
    • He is a ball mover making the extra pass around the horn and an adequate passer off dribble penetration, yet to show much in terms of passing across his body to the opposite end on the move but able to kick-out against the defense collapsing to him. His most advanced work so far has been making the skip pass to the big relocating to the three-point line in the pick-and-pop.
      • Brown, Jr. has assisted on 16.9% of Oregon’s scores when he’s been on the floor.

[1] According to ESPN.com

[2] According to sports-reference

[3] DOB: 7/28/1999

[4] According to Oregon’s official listing

[5] According to sports-reference

[6] According to hoop-math

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Rafael Uehara is the managing editor of ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at RealGM, where he is a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @rafael_uehara

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