H: 6' 8"|
W: 240 lbs
(45 Years Old)
Current: PF |
High School: Lynn Classical
Hometown: Lynn, MA
Drafted: Pick 45 in 1995 by Hawks
Troy Brown, 6-6, PG, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2017 High School Class
One of the youngest players at the camp, Brown had his ups and downs over the course of his four games with the USA West squad. Some of Brown's biggest weaknesses were on display as a result of the role he was forced to play on his team.
The 15-year-old is at his best playing with the ball in his hands and operating out of pick and roll. He has the size to pass over the top of defenses and shows nice creativity as a distributor, using both sides of the floor effectively. At Global Challenge, however, Brown played almost exclusively off the ball and struggled to make catch and shoot jumpers, took some suspect shots off the dribble and was just average finishing inside the arc in half court situations.
Brown isn't a non-shooter by any means, but his lack of consistency showed during this four-game stint. Brown was excellent getting out in the open court and making plays in transition, but he still has room to grow in terms of his ability to play at different speeds and change directions in the half court.
The 6' 6” point guard is a good, not great athlete, as he oftentimes plays a bit hunched over on both ends of the floor. He also showed a tendency to try and make the homerun play when he did have the ball in his hands, rather than making the simple play.
On the flip side, Brown was very good defensively. He played with outstanding effort on and off the ball and wasn't afraid to crash the glass and mix it up. All things considered, however, Brown is a big-time talent and it says a lot about his physical maturity and skill set to be making plays and guarding his position against players over two years older than him, all while playing out of position. Despite the mediocre showing, Brown should still be considered one of the top point guards in the 2017 Class.
Troy Brown (#2 Scout, #5 ESPN, #3 Rivals, #7 24/7) arrived late in Colorado Springs as his high school is still in session, and was unable to accommodate the USA Basketball schedule to allow him to travel to Argentina potentially for the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. He came for the weekend just to scrimmage with the roster and maintain contact with the group, and immediately proved to be arguably the most talented player in attendance from the moment he stepped on the floor.
Brown has great size for a point guard, standing 6-4 without shoes, with a 6-9 wingspan and a terrific 199 pound frame. He hasn't grown since the last USA Basketball camp in October, but has added 14 pounds to his frame, and appears to have improved his athleticism despite the additional bulk.
Brown is a smooth and fluid ball-handler who puts tremendous pressure on the defense with his extremely unique blend of size, strength and creativity. He's quick and crafty enough to get by smaller guards, but much too strong for most of them to handle. This allows him to see the floor nicely from his high vantage point and make impressive passes all over the court, often in extremely impressive fashion. His outside shot (and overall shooting mechanics) appears to be improving significantly, as we saw him make a number of jumpers, both with his feet set and off the dribble, in the two days of action we were able to witness, even if he still has room to grow here. He's competitive defensively, and highly unselfish, playing with an outstanding demeanor, which only adds to the very intriguing package of skills he brings to the table. He's considered one of the best prospects in high school basketball, and for good reason.
We talked to him about his development as a basketball player and much more in the following interview:
Already generating a significant amount of interest despite being only 15 years old, Troy Brown has very nice tools for the point guard position, standing 6-4 without shoes with a 6-8 ½ wingspan. He's an extremely impressive ball-handler and passer who shows terrific talent in virtually all facets of the game, and plays with a great attitude and spirit. Not an amazing athlete, it will be interesting to see how much quicker and more explosive Brown gets considering how young he is.[Read Full Article]