3 - Sterling Brown

6-5, 225 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
SMU Senior
02/10/95 (25 yrs)
Maywood, IL
High School
Proviso East
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Royal Ivey

Strengths: Brown was a key contributor for an outstanding SMU team this season, and he has a chance to be one of the biggest sleepers in this draft … His physical tools and offensive skill give him a shot to be taken in the second round … He averaged 13.4 points per game and shot 44.9% from three as a senior, and is a 45.1% percent shooter from distance in his career … Brown also was a factor in numerous other areas, averaging 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game … Brown is a crafty, high IQ player that plays within himself, and his overall skillset points toward a valuable three and D player, which is coveted nowadays … He is an excellent catch and shoot player with good mechanics and a quick release … He also looks comfortable as a scorer in terms of being able to create his own shot and be a playmaker for others (3.0 assists per game) … He is an adept scorer off the dribble in the mid-range area, especially off of a one-dribble pull up … There is no glaring weakness to Brown’s overall offensive skillset, which will keep him on the court at the NBA level … At 6’5” with a 6’9” wingspan, Brown has the potential to be a multi-positional defender on the perimeter … He has a solid frame at 230 pounds as well, and has a solid combination of size, strength, and lateral quickness / explosiveness for an NBA two guard … He also showed he could be disruptive on the perimeter at SMU, averaging 1.4 steals per game this past season … Brown is an exceptional rebounder for a guard as well with great motor and the athleticism necessary to chase down missed shots all over the floor … Another underrated aspect of his game to look at is that he will have a very clear role in the NBA as a secondary scorer and perimeter defender, which is quite similar to his role at SMU … This kind of continuity will make the transition to the pros much easier … Overall, he is an athletic swingman that can score in a variety of ways, and he also is a good defensive player that can guard multiple positions … ​

Weaknesses: Brown does not have an elite first step off the dribble, which will prevent him from being as well-rounded of a scorer in the NBA as he showed in college … While he is a good all-around athlete, he is not elite in terms of explosiveness and does not project as an above the rim finisher in traffic … He converts at a high percentage from the free-throw line, but he does not get there very often … Most of Brown’s offense comes from behind the arc, and he has a tendency to settle for some tough two-point jumpers … The biggest question with him is that while he does not have any obvious weakness, he also has not mastered any particular area … He has shown himself to be an excellent shooter, but he is not a specialist … As long as his prolific shooting can carry over to the NBA, and he can become a consistently reliable perimeter defender, Brown will be just fine.

Notes: He’s the younger brother of ex-Laker Shannon Brown … Two-time third-team all state selection in Illinois … Mr. Basketball finalist in senior year … 2017 Reese’s® Division I College All-Star West Team (March 28) … Named All-AAC Tournament Team (March 12)… Named All-AAC Second Team (March 7)… Named the AAC Player of the Week (Feb. 6) …Named to AAC Honor Roll (Jan. 2)… CAREER RECORDS: Finished his career with: 109 victories (1st)…2nd Team All-AAC Selection in 2016-17 season.

William P. Desautelle III 6/11/17

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