Xavier's Derrick Brown
I'm a huge Xavier fan, been watching them for years, so naturally I've seen Derrick Brown's entire career. He started off as just a freak athlete with raw skills, but during the duration of his career, he has progressed immensely and developed a great outside shot among other atributes. He has good size and quickness. And in my opinion Xavier is not a "mid-major" team (they've played tough non-conference schedules in years late, and have done well... as well as a couple deep runs in the NCAA's).
I was reading Chad Ford's mock draft 4.0 posted in a thread on here, and saw he had Brown going #30 to Cleveland. I'm just curious why he's ranked so low. I honestly (forgetting my bias) feel that his game is going to translate well into the NBA and he will be an absolute STEAL if he were taken that late. Why isn't Brown getting more love?
He is a versitile lefty who plays a position that isn't overly strong in this draft so i could see him being a surprise pick on draft day maybe in the 22-25 range.
He is very very raw in his skill set. He isnt going to contribute anytime in the near future, maybe in his 4th or 5th year. He isnt a standout in any area outside of his athleticism. He will be about average sized for a small forward and very undersized for a 4 man in the NBA
I think he only averaged like 12 ppg a game or something last season in college....i do see him being a good defender at the next level though. And the Cavs need a big perimeter player that can play d.
thanks for the feedback... as far as not being a standout in any area outside of athleticism, I feel like he may be towards the top of the draft class in strength (he did 22 reps I believe on the bench, which I know doesn't necessarily mean he's top five in strength-- like the Blair's, Griffin's, etc.) but definitely answers some questions. And for the 12 ppg in college, Xavier's offense is primarily geared towards team playmaking. They had four players who averaged in between 9 and 13 points per game last season. I agree, he may have wanted to show his ability to score more for the NBA scouts, rather than play team ball, but I feel like his unselfishness will show scouts that he's a team-player who would rather win than stand-out, which hopefully WILL go in his favor.
Derrick Brown will be a starter in the league one day. He is super athletic and long (7'2 wingspan) and he has a developing shot. I think it will be 2-3 years before he is ready to contribute consistently but once he does watch out. Deuce - the Thaddeus Young comparison is interesting but I think he is more like Wilson Chandler, super athletic with developing skills. I can see him being a very good defender and eventually averaging 14-16 ppg.