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Ronnie Brewer
Top 25s - Full List
RankCategoryTotal
14A/TO2.96
14Stl/g1.6
11Stl/402
8Stl/40p2
7Stl/g1.7
11Stl/402.1
10Stl/40p2.1
6Stl138
15TS%61
23eFG%57
Team: Thunder College Team: Arkansas
PhysicalsPositionsRankings SalaryMisc
H: 6' 7"
W: 223 lbs
Bday: 03/21/1985
(29 Years Old)
Current: SG/SF
NBA:   SG/SF
Possible: SG/SF
RSCI: 40
Agent: Henry Thomas
Current Salary:$1,310,286
High School: Fayetteville
Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Drafted:  Pick 14 in 2006 by Jazz
Best Case: Josh Howard W/PG Skills
Worst Case: Jeryl Sasser

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2006NBA Pre-Draft Camp6' 5.75"6' 6.75"2236' 11.25"8' 7.5"5.035.041.0

Basic Per Game Statistics - Comprehensive Stats - Statistical Top 25s
YearLeagueNameGPMinPtsFGFGAFG%2Pt2PtA2P%3Pt3PtA3P%FTMFTAFT%OffDefTOTAstsStlsBlksTOsPFs
2013/14NBARonnie Brewer12.00.00.00.0 0.00.0 0.00.0 0.00.0 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
2013/14NBARonnie Brewer236.90.30.10.720.00.10.328.60.00.312.50.00.10.00.10.50.60.40.30.00.10.2

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NBA Scouting Reports: Filling in the Blanks- Small Forwards (Part Two)
November 17, 2009
Overview:A talented former lottery pick who has developed into a quality player. Has excellent size, strength, and length for a wing player. A gifted overall athlete who can impact the game on both ends of the floor. Strong, quick, and explosive. An effective offensive player who is just as capable defensively. Does a lot of things well, but doesnít stand out in any one area. Not a very good shooter, notorious for his awkward mechanics. Was a highly effectively player during his three year career at Arkansas, improved his offensive output each season and proved to be an impact defender. Played a bit part for the Jazz as a rookie, but came on strong in his second year. Has become a key cog next to a number of more productive offensive talents. Blends in to a lot of different lineups and can guard multiple positions. Great teammate on and off the court. Extremely high character. May not be able to develop his shot to become a high level scorer, but remains a very valuable asset because of how well-rounded he is. Son of former NBA player Ron Brewer.

Offense: A very efficient, mistake-free offensive player whose value lies in his ability to get to the free throw line and finish around the basket. Rare wing player who shoots over 50% from the field year in and year out. Gets roughly a fifth of his offense from each of cuts, spot ups, and fast breaks. Extremely effective player in transition who uses his speed and length well. Creates many of his own fast break opportunities by getting in the passing lanes. A no-frills finisher who takes the ball strong to the rim and doesnít shy away from contact. Moves well without the ball, allowing him to benefit from a quality point guard like Deron Williams. Sets his cuts up well and is extremely decisive with the ball. A solid passer who displays good vision and is very unselfish. Fills his roll well. Takes care of the ball, and isnít flashy with the ball in his hands, using simple crossovers and spin moves to beat recovering defenders. Turns the ball over at a minuscule rate, which is impressive considering his proficiency as a slasher. Doesnít have good shooting mechanics due to a childhood accident. Elevates well and is able to shoot off the dribble, but canít get his elbow in to refine his mechanics. Takes about as many jumpers as shots at the rim. A solid option due to his ability to complement the talents of his teammates. Can make shots running off screens from short range in the Flex Offense, but is less effective the further away from the rim he goes. Shooting is clearly his weakness, but he proves very capable in almost all other areas.

Defense:A high quality defensive player who has always been able to force turnovers with his outstanding size, length and lateral quickness. Extremely good at getting in the passing lanes and creating coast-to-coast opportunities. Active, but not to the point that he plays himself out of position. Plays a smart brand of defense. Wonít go for the block when closing out shooters of over-commit in one direction when his man drives. Plays with nice discipline and fundamentals. Will get on the floor to secure the ball, and hasnít been asked to be a high level rebounder. Not as aggressive as a defensive specialist, but does a good job considering he often has to guard the opposing teamsí top perimeter threat.
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NBA Pre-Draft Camp Media Day (Part Two)
June 12, 2006

Eric Weiss: With this whole process going on, we havenít heard a lot from you as far as being out there with media exposure for such a high pick. Have you had a lot of media requests?

Ronnie Brewer: Not really. My main focus has been on basketball and getting ready for these workouts. So I prepared for them and I feel I was ready and Iíve had three solid workouts and have gotten positive feedback. Thatís the most important thing, you want to always get positive feedback from your workouts and thatís been my main focus, not really trying to get my name out there. If youíre doing the things you need to do on the court, then your name will get out there.

Eric Weiss: Speaking of those workouts, weíve heard you killed it in Orlando. Who were you going up against? Douby? Foye? Carney? Roy? All those guys?

Ronnie Brewer: Roy didnít come, he ended up taking his name out. Like you said, Carney, Foye, Mardy Collins, Quincy Douby, Hassan Adams, and Shawne Williams from Memphis. So it was a pretty good workout.

Eric Weiss: What did you guys go through? A lot of competitive stuff?

Ronnie Brewer: A lot of one-on-one, two-on-two, shooting, pick-and-rolls, full court one-on-one, dribbling drills. So, we did a lot of different competitive stuff. Thatís stuff that I think I do well and I just play my style of basketball and it works for me.

Eric Weiss: How about defensively? You were able to hold your own?

Ronnie Brewer: Definitely. Thatís one of my strengths. Thatís why a lot of teams like me, because I can do a lot of different things. I can defend the one, two, or three. So, I feel that I defended really well and showed those guys what I can do.

Eric Weiss: Do you feel like when you go to the NBA youíll still be able to play 3 positions defensively?

Ronnie Brewer: Whatever team I go to, the needs that theyíre looking for. If itís a guy to bring the ball up, I think I have the skills to bring the ball up comfortably. Or a big two-guard or big three-guard, someone to rebound and defend at those spots night in and night out and be able to score, take the ball to the basket. Iím working on my shooting, but thatís going to improve and I can see myself as a guy out on the perimeter whoís going to knock down shots.

Eric Weiss: Well, a lotís made of the whole shooting form thing and Iím not too sure whether to be concerned about that, but as far as shooting period, itís not necessarily a weakness, but itís not youíre primary strength, so what are you doing to prepare yourself? Whatís your daily routine?

Ronnie Brewer: For me, just being a basketball player youíve got to be able to do all aspects: handle the ball, pass the ball, play defense, just your overall knowledge of the game. At the same time, youíve got to be able to knock down shots and be a consistent shooter because in the NBA thatís what a lot of the guys get paid for, to be consistent and just knock down shots. So, I do the repetition and try and make it so itís a routine and over and over itís going to go in. So, I just try to do that everyday and work on it and itís getting better everyday.

Eric Weiss: Who are you working with?

Ronnie Brewer: Before I signed with an agent I was working out with my father and the strength and conditioning coaches at the University of Arkansas, working on my agility. Then when I signed with my guys, [agent] Henry Thomas, I went up to [Tim] Groverís gym, worked with him and got to do the drills with him a little bit. Then I went off to my workouts and the first one in Houston was a tough one, but I knew what was expected and I got better when I went to the one in Chicago and even better when I went to the one in Orlando.

Reporter: Who have you gone to for advice during the draft process?

Ronnie Brewer: I talked to a lot of different guys. Weíve got some guys from Arkansas who are in the league, Joe Johnson, Corliss [Williamson]. Iíve talked to Scotty Pippen a little bit and heís given me some advice. Iíve got somebody right at home, my dad has been there and heís pretty much been a role model for me my whole life and since heís been there heís been able to tell me some things that help to prepare me for that next level.

Reporter: You said your dad has been a big influence on you. As far as being a basketball player, how much have you gotten from your dad?

Ronnie Brewer: A lot because, heís kind of an old school guy. When he taught me the game and really got serious about it, he didnít teach me to be just an offensive guy or a defensive guy, He taught me all aspects of it. Thatís why a lot of teams like me, because of my versatility. So, heís really helped me mold my game and made me into the player that I am today.

Reporter: Did he push you or did he wait to see where you wanted to go with it?

Ronnie Brewer: At first he didnít really know how serious I was. But once I started playing I didnít pursue any other sports as much as I did basketball. So once he saw how serious I was, how dedicated I was, he kind of let me go my way. Then once he knew I was really serious about it he started mentoring me and teach me the basics, just the right way to play.

Reporter: What stage of your life was that? High school? Junior high school?

Ronnie Brewer: It was elementary school. When I first started out, my dad ran a camp and it was grades 3 through 12. So when I was in kindergarten my sister was able to participate because sheís three years older than me. So I was watching them and just studying the game and I got a liking for it and started loving it and just wanted to get better and learn the things he was teaching everybody else. Once I got to the end of my first grade year he allowed me to participate in the camp even though I was playing two years up with the third graders and I was able to do the drills because Iíd been watching them for the past 2 years watching my sister play and it only made me better. As I got older, probably in the sixth grade, thatís when he told me ďIíll coach your teamsĒ and teach me from there. He coached me in AAU in sixth or seventh grade until I graduated.

Eric Weiss: Was that difficult sometimes?

Ronnie Brewer: I mean, he was hard on me. I expected him to be hard, to not take it easy on me just because I was his son. Being my dad he wasnít going to take it easy, if I had 30 points heíd still critique me and he still does that today. But, at the same time it makes me a better player and it helps me to critique myself as a player because at the end of the year Iím my own biggest critic. I look at film and see what I have to work on to get better for next year.

Eric Weiss: Do you think youíre very self-critical of your game? Do you analyze a lot it?

Ronnie Brewer: Definitely, definitely. Thatís the only way youíre going to get better. If everybodyís telling you that youíre this good or youíre that good, thatís what youíre going to think the whole entire time. Deep down inside youíve got to look in the mirror and say ďwell if I canít go left Iíve got to work on my left. If I canít shoot the ball that well then I need to work on my jump shot.Ē

Eric Weiss: Thatís something the pros do right there.

Ronnie Brewer: Thank you.

Eric Weiss: Do you think it gives you an advantage growing up in an NBA family, so to speak?

Ronnie Brewer: I think you can say that. Like I said, he prepared me from an early age and I think he did a really good job as well.

Reporter: Michael Redd wasnít much of a shooter coming out, certainly not to the extent he is now. Do you pattern yourself after that and maybe in a couple of yearsÖ

Ronnie Brewer: Definitely. Maybe not to that extent, but thatís what basketball is all about. Itís about hard work and getting better over the years. Thatís what pros do to make themselves great at basketball. You get better after the season preparing yourself for the next season. Trying to prepare myself from the college level to the NBA level, trying to extend my range and knock down shots and get better.

Eric Weiss: Speaking about this whole draft process, has it been stressful?

Ronnie Brewer: You kind of get anxious because you really donít know where youíre going to go. But I can sleep easy at night knowing that every workout I go into, as long as I get positive feedback and I played my best and I played well, going into draft night you canít say ďI only worked out well for three teamsĒ and if those three teams pass you by the other teams didnít get the best Ronnie Brewer. So, as long as I play well in the workouts, which I think Iíve done, theyíve seen a lot of tape on me and seen what Iíve done in college. They know what theyíre going to get off the top, and Iím satisfied with that.

Eric Weiss: How many workouts do you have coming up?

Ronnie Brewer: I got a couple lined up. A lot of teams have called up trying to get me higher. So I think Iíve got about 5 or 6 lined up. Iím trying to get a lot in, but I think my body is ready for it; itís what Iíve trained for. So hopefully I can continue to work out the way theyíve gone in the past.

Reporter: How tempted are you to compare yourself to other players in this room?

Ronnie Brewer: You can do that. You can look at numbers. But, youíre not them and theyíre not you, so you canít really be like ďIím better than him.Ē You can only determine what you can do on the court and thatís what I like to do. I donít really like to talk a lot about what I can do or ďIím better than him.Ē If we go into a workout and I perform better than him then its right in front of you, if not on paper. Thatís just my overall view of it.

Reporter: J.J. [Redick] was saying that 5 years from now nobody is going to remember who was drafted where, just who produces.

Ronnie Brewer: Exactly. If someone goes number 1, 2, or 3 but theyíre not consistent, or theyíre not getting the playing time, or not in the right system; someone who goes number 11 or 12, youíre going to be talking about them more than the person who goes 1,2, or 3 because the production and the numbers speak for themselves. Just like in the workouts. This guy could have been an All American in college, but you work out against him and do better than him, than youíve got to go with that because itís right in front of you, its production.

Eric Weiss: Thatís a big thing we talk about on DraftExpress, situation vs. position. Obviously, you gave us some great insight into that. What type of situation is ideal for you? What type of situation would you like to walk into?

Ronnie Brewer: My situation is very good I think. I can do a lot of things, like I said. If a team is needing a big 1 guard I can fit that, or if they need a 2 or 3 guard that can defend, rebound, be aggressive and run the lanes and streak to the basket, I fit those as well. So it depends on what the team is looking for. I might be one of the taller guards with NBA ready size, so a lot of teams like that. My emphasis is on my defense because thatís how you try to get your money. A lot of guys donít take pride in it, but thatís just another aspect of my game that I really try and take pride in and really try to work on.

Eric Weiss: Coming into the league at first, is defense what youíre really going to try and hang your hat on to get into the rotation and then expand from there?

Ronnie Brewer: I think so. You know, defense leads to your offense. If youíre stopping guys and getting steals than thatís going to lead to easy baskets. I think coaches look for that. I think theyíll play you more if they think they can put you in there and youíre going to stop somebody instead of just hitting a couple of jump shots. Thatís definitely the quick way to try and get on the court and Iím going to try and do that. Itís got to be in your heart to play defense. A lot of guys who have the ability still donít like playing defense.

Eric Weiss: Switching things up a little. Howís Arkansas looking next year?

Ronnie Brewer: I think theyíll be very good. Weíve got a lot of returning guys. We had a guy sit out, Gary Irvin, from Mississippi State, whoís a solid point guard. Weíve got two solid post players returning in Darian Townes and Steven Hill. Charles Thomas coming off the bench or he might start. Vince Hunter, another big guy coming off the bench. Then you got a very strong recruiting class with one of the top junior college guys in Sonny Weems, a guy Patrick Beverley out of Chicago whoís a real athletic guard. Michael Washington is a post power forward, athletic guy. So, theyíll be pretty good, making some noise in the SEC. Theyíve got a good coach and a good core of guys who can continue with what we started from last year.

Eric Weiss: Speaking of Arkansas, Joe Johnson is an interesting case. He was a highly regarded player and was ranged around where you are. He took about 2 or 3 years to find his groove and in my experience a lot of people tend to get impatient and want to make an immediate impact and if they donít they get discouraged. But, you seem to have a very metered approach to this, taking an evaluation of yourself at the end of the season, working on your weaknesses. Itís a great mindset to have coming into the league. Instead of getting caught up in what didnít happen, you focus on what you need to do to make other things happen. But, you might find yourself in a situation where you have to wait and there wonít be minutes for you right away. How do you deal with that?

Ronnie Brewer: The NBA is a long season; guys get hurt, stuff goes wrong, guys go through slumps. Thereís always opportunity for guys to come in and play. My mindset is to continue to work hard in practice, get better as a player, and the minutes will come. If you keep that mindset than the minutes will definitely come. Thatís the mindset that Iím going to take. Take things one step at a time, not try to make a huge leap. Thereís no one in this room whoís going to be another LeBron, so you canít expect to come in and average 20-25 points per game. Youíve just got to be patient, take what you can get.

Eric Weiss: Keep your focus and make sure youíre paying attention even though youíre not playing.

Ronnie Brewer: Exactly. You canít be on the end of the bench pouting. If youíre in the last 5, you can get into the starting 5, the coaches are going to notice if youíre going hard in practice everyday. You might get minutes that way. Youíve got to look at every aspect of the game. Some coaches try to play psych games with you, so youíve just got to be a strong individual and thatís what I think I am.
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NCAA Tournament: NBA Draft Stock Watch (round of 64, Friday games)
March 18, 2006
This was a very typical game for Brewer and a very fitting way for him to most likely end his college career. The 6-7 combo guard came off the ball way too much once again this game as has happened all season long, being forced to fight for touches and play the small forward position which clearly does not match his strengths. As we've become accustomed to all year long, Brewer didn't do a good enough job asserting himself until the very end of the game, when he awoke and decided to take his team on his back but came up a bit short in the end result. Taking out Brewer's 7-8 from the free throw line, the rest of his team went a pathetic 8-16 from the line with most of those misses coming late in the game as Arkansas futility tried to cut into a deficit that pesky Bucknell would just not relinquish.

Brewer played outstanding defense during that stretch, getting his hands on plenty of balls, intimidating with his wingspan both in the passing lanes as well as around the basket and igniting the fast-break whenever he had the chance. It was still too little too late, and now NBA scouts and GMs will have to decide how much of Arkansas' inability to win games should be credited to Brewer and how well his versatile skills might potentially fit into their system.
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Ronnie Brewer NBA Draft Scouting Report
February 12, 2006
Strengths
Brewer is one of the most versatile players in college basketball A legit 6-7 point guard, he can control the tempo of the game, defend three positions, set up his teammates wonderfully and fill up every part of the stat sheet.

Brewer has all the physical attributes down pat. He's a very good athlete, extremely fluid, possesses an excellent first step, good leaping ability, superb body control and very good overall speed. He's more of a long jumper than he is a high jumper, and even though he might not wow you with his explosiveness on first sight, he grows on you with how well-rounded he is athletically and just how well he uses that athleticism to make plays. Brewer has an NBA-ready body, possessing good size and strength, enabling him to play any of the 1-3 positions. He has an outstanding wingspan and big, quick hands that he uses to come up with a couple of steals each game. It seems as if he can run around screens for days and never tire.

Offensively, Brewer is mostly a slasher and shot-creator thanks to his fantastic ball-handling skills. Being highly fluid and extremely intelligent, he can dribble the ball with purpose using either hand, allowing him to get into the lane almost whenever he pleases. He's extremely aggressive attacking the rim and is a great finisher once he gets to the basket, being very creative and having the strength, toughness and intelligence to either finish the play or get to the line. Brewer's game is not limited to only slashing, though. He can also score from behind the arc or by stopping and popping for the mid-range jump shot. He's very patient with the ball in his hands, letting the game come to him. Playing up-tempo and/or in transition is where he excels the most.

As you would expect from a legit 6-7 point guard, Brewer's court vision is superb. He understands how to feed the post and usually puts the ball exactly where his teammates want it. In terms of passing, he has the entire package: he can drive and dish, pass from static positions or be flashy and throw a pinpoint lob pass for an alley-oop from behind the three point line. He's extremely unselfish, almost to a fault at times, but really knows how to make his teammates better.

Defensively, Brewer usually guards the opposing team's best perimeter player and has all the tools in the world to be a shut-down defender; including strength, length, superb instincts, excellent hands and footwork. He has great reflexes and an amazing knack for anticipating what the opposing team will do next, being a constant threat in the passing lanes because of that.

Brewer's intangibles are excellent. He has an outstanding demeanor on the court and carries himself extremely well. He's a glue-type guy with endless energy that is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team go home with the win, having the kind of attitude you love to see from such a talented player. Despite the fact that he's a legit college basketball star, he has no problem doing the little things like taking charges and diving on the floor for loose balls. By all accounts he's an extremely hard worker that is constantly looking to improve his game.

Weaknesses
Brewer's weaknesses mostly revolve around his projected position in the NBA and the role he's currently being asked to play for his college team. People who didn't see much of him play much before his junior year might wonder where his point guard skills are since he doesn't handle the ball or set up his teammates as much as he did earlier in his college career. He would be ideal in a role similar to how Dwyane Wade plays in Miami or Manu Ginobili in San Antonio, but there aren't many teams who would allow him to do so.

In this, his junior season, Brewer has been more of a small forward as opposed to the playmaker he was in his first two seasons, but he's better when he has the ball in hands so he can create offense for himself and his teammates off the dribble.

His biggest weakness, and it's a huge one, is his shooting stroke. It is extremely ugly to the point that it's hard to even watch him shoot free throws without cringing. The sad thing is, it's not even his fault, and there isn't much he can do about it. He broke his arm as a child in a pretty gruesome accident and now cannot fully extend his right elbow. Because of this, his whole shooting stroke is flawed, although he actually shoots a decent percentage from behind the arc, more so in his sophomore season than as a junior. His effectiveness in this area suffers when he doesn't have much space to get his shot off, as his release is not very quick. He's probably a better shooter than his percentages as a junior indicate, mainly because Arkansas' methodical offense likes to grind it out and run out almost the entire shot clock more often than not.

In the pros, he should have a tougher time getting his shot off, and his draft potential might suffer because of that. He will have to work hard to improve the quickness on his shot release and expand his range, as opposing teams will scout this weakness and play off of it. He used to be a poor free throw shooter but improved by almost 10% this year to a very respectable 75%.

To become an even more versatile player, Brewer would be well served to add somewhat of a post-up game that would allow him to take advantage of his size if he's playing the point. He hangs out around the perimeter a little too much.

Brewer is very gifted in many areas, but does not quite have the mentality or skill-set of a go-to offensive player who can shoulder the offensive load and carry a team. This is very evident watching him play for Arkansas, a talented team that only made the NCAA tournament once in Brewer's three seasons there, never getting past the first round.

The fact that Brewer hasn't managed to win much has to be a bit of a concern, although just as much of the blame has to fall on the shoulders of young head coach Stan Heath. Heath has established very little hierarchy in the roles he's assigned his players and has been completely incapable of capitalizing on the talent he's recruited, especially with his frontcourt. Heath has insisted on an ugly, grind it out style of offense that most SEC coaches have grown accustomed to and have learned to defeat with relative ease. Heath also prefers to let his largely ineffective combo guards handle the playmaking duties instead of putting the ball in Brewer's hands to take advantage of his point guard skills. This has increased Brewer's scoring output, but in turn has made Arkansas an unbalanced team that doesn't play to it's strengths, especially down the stretch.

Competition
Brewer plays in the SEC West, and has made an immediate impact at Arkansas from day one. He started in 28 games as a freshman, putting up excellent numbers for his team: 12.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals for the year on 48.1 percent shooting from the floor, although mostly in a losing effort. He was considered the second best freshman in the SEC, just behind Brandon Bass.

As a sophomore Brewer improved tremendously and began to receive some well deserved national recognition for his all-around versatility and skills. His team won 13 of its first 14 games of the year (although mostly against cupcakes) but absolutely dismantled in SEC play and lost 11 of their next 16. Arkansas declined their bid to the NIT and was widely rumored to be suffering from extremely poor team chemistry.

As a junior Arkansas was widely expected to make a strong run at the NCAA tournament and possibly even do some damage considering the type of talent they have on their roster. That never really materialized and it looks like they will once again be headed towards an NIT bid. Brewer was moved to the SF position this year and has improved his scoring output but seen his shooting percentages and assists drop.




Outlook
Brewer appears to be a lock to enter the draft after his junior year and has made a pretty strong case for himself to be considered a lottery pick. He is not a sure-fire contributor early on by any means, as his success will largely depend on the team that drafts him, the coach he plays for, and especially his role on the floor.



Facts
Has basketball in his blood. The son of Ron Brewer, a former NBA player and NCAA All-American (also at Arkansas) who was part of the famed Triplets with Sidney Moncrief and Marvin Delph, that led the Razorbacks to the 1978 Final Four.

His mother was also a basketball player at Arkansas.


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NBA Draft Stock Watch: Maui Invitational
November 28, 2005
Finally the nation got a taste of what we've been seeing since his freshman year--the all-around skills that make Brewer such an outstanding basketball player and a strong lottery prospect for this yearís NBA draft.

Brewer could very well be the most complete player in the country right now, excelling in all parts of the game and being a true difference maker in almost everything he does. Brewer played outstanding defense on whoever he was guarding, slashing to the hoop like a pro showing excellent fluidity and body control, and doing all the little things that you usually never see out of a star player of his caliber with his rare set of intangibles.

This year's Arkansas team is too deep at the 1/2 positions to give Brewer the time at PG that he really needs to truly show off his incredible versatility, but scouts should have gotten enough glimpses of his passing and ball-handling skills in the three games here to come to that conclusion on their own, even if his teammates didn't always finish his passes. Itís quite foolish for the so called experts to question why he didnít show the PG skills he has in the past when he is obviously playing small forward almost the entire game. Arkansas wants to play a stagnant style of offense that doesn't really suit Brewer's individual strengths, so he responded time after time by coming up over a dozen steals with his terrific hands and much improved strength in three games and igniting the fast break on his own.

Even though his field goal percentage might have suffered a bit in the process, Brewer showed a lot of the leadership skills and go-to ability that we were missing out of him at times last year. As the only player on his team that can create his own shot consistently he was forced to heave up some bad shots at the end of the shot clock in Arkansas' grind it out offense, but he never looked selfish doing so. The biggest concerns that arose from this tournament relate to his ability to get his shot off on the perimeter when he doesnít have much space, as is often the case in the NBA as well as here in Maui as the focal point of every team's defense. Brewer's release is not the quickest in the world due to his very poor shot mechanics, and it's still not clear how much of an outside shooting threat he is going to be at the next level despite the decent percentages he puts up at the college level. What he lacks here he makes up in almost every other facet of the game, though, and Brewer more than held his own going up against an outstanding Rudy Gay in a particularly impressive performance in the first day.
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Top 15 NBA Draft Prospects in the SEC
November 3, 2005
Tall, versatile combo guard is a mismatch waiting to happen. Has an outstanding feel for the game and the perfect attitude towards his team to compliment his athletic ability and length. Being able to run the offense effectively thanks to his ball-handling skills and natural passing ability, Brewer understands the game extremely well and does a great job making his teammates better thanks to the smart and unselfish way he plays. He loves to put the ball on the floor and will finish with contact thanks to his toughness and ever-improving strength. The biggest question about Brewer relates to his NBA position. He is probably a shooting guard for the next level, but he may be the type of player who needs the ball in his hands constantly to make things happen. His shooting percentages are surprisingly good, but his mechanics are downright awful because of an elbow injury he suffered as a child. This may hurt his pro potential, as some may question whether heíll have the time and space off to get his shots off as effectively in the NBA. Brewer seems hell bent on proving them wrong, though, and has continued to improve his range and accuracy over the summer according to reports. He also hasnít won too many games in his college career so far, which is another question mark that needs to be answered, although his supporting cast and the coaching staff heís played under have been less than stellar to say the least. Brewer has a lot to prove this year, but everything is in place for him to succeed.
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