H: 6' 2"|
W: 170 lbs
(25 Years Old)
Current: PG |
High School: Mater Dei
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
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|Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Pac-10 (Part Three: #11-15)|
October 1, 2008
Oregon point guard Kamyron Brown is likely one of the more obscure prospects featured in these lists, and for good reason. The 20-year sophomore did very little to demand attention during his freshman season, averaging just 4.2 points (40.8 FG, 25.8% 3FG, 57.4% FT), 1.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.3 turnovers in 18.1 minutes per game. However, now that Maarty Leunen, Bryce Taylor, and Malik Hairston have graduated and taken over half of Oregon’s offensive possessions with them, many are expecting Brown and 5’6 junior combo-guard Tajuan Porter to pick up the slack and turn a rebuilding season into a pleasant surprise.
Brown certainly looks like he could be the player to take on such a task. Standing at what looks to be 6’2 and possessing a good wingspan, albeit a slight frame, he has good size, assuming he works on adding strength and weight to his frame, for an NBA point guard. Athletically, however, he has some work to do as he is neither overly explosive nor possesses an above-average first step. His average athleticism will hurt him at the next level, though with an off-season of conditioning under his belt, he may step back on the court a different player.
In terms of his offensive skill-set, Brown is extremely raw, as evidenced by his paltry freshman stats. There were some games, however, particularly his 20-point outburst against St. Mary’s, where his offensive abilities were on full display. Perhaps the most consistent feature of Brown’s offense at the present moment is his perimeter jump-shot, which he can take from a standstill or off of the dribble. His form is not great, but definitely looks salvageable, with a fairly fluid motion and quick, albeit deliberate, release. The problem is that he falls away from the basket during his shooting motion. This explains why he hits the front of the rim so often as well as why he only shot 25.8% from beyond the arc last season.
The other way in which Brown gets his points is by slashing to the basket. The problem, however, is that Brown is too weak to assert his influence around the basket and lacks the ball-handling abilities to move quickly with the ball in his hands. If he were to get stronger and improve his handle, he could become a far more efficient slasher because of his size, length, and what looks like a nice touch around the basket. Outside of that, however, he has little to no offense, lacking a mid-range game in its entirety and even the aforementioned offense rarely emerges outside of isolated flashes.
Brown does, however, look and play like a pure point guard: the instinct is clearly there. Unfortunately, the numbers rightly question that claim, as Brown averages 6.9 assists per 40 minutes pace adjusted and 5.1 turnovers per game per 40 minutes pace adjusted, good for second best, or worse, in college basketball. Watching him play, it seems as though his main problem is over thinking, particularly evident in his constant hesitation on and off the ball. Brown does not look confident in his abilities as a basketball player, from passing up open shots to leaving his feet without finding a passing target, from throwing a lob pass into a double team to trying to thread the needle when an entire defense has collapsed on the lane. As witnessed by his assist average, he does show solid vision and flashes of potential to be a solid point guard, but the tape suggests that in his freshman year, he was very much a freshman.
Defensively, he suffers most from a lack of awareness, focus, and consistency and looked very much like a freshman. This year, he will be expected to close his man out on the perimeter, run above screens rather than behind them, and maintain solid defensive rotations. Brown actually looks like he could develop into a very solid defender down the road. His long arms and above average lateral quickness combined with his size could prove to be tremendous assets should he begin to realize his potential.
Potential is a good word to sum up Kamyron Brown. Even though he is a year older than most in his class, he is, after all, only a sophomore, after all. Next year, Brown is going to be expected to find consistency and comfort in his offensive game. He is going to be expected to shoot and pass the ball with confidence and have belief in his abilities. With over half of last year’s possessions moving on to various levels of professional basketball around the world, Brown is going to have plenty of chances to showcase his improvements. If not, Kamyron Brown will continue to remain an obscure prospect.
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