2016-2017 Stats: 11.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.2 APG
Why They Are Here
Bruce Brown is easily one of my favorite college basketball players. He consistently showed his explosiveness this past season and posted solid numbers as a Freshman. More of a combo guard coming into college, he is developing nicely into the main ball handler for Jim Larranaga. His size, quickness, and attacking mindset should allow him to be a big time scorer for the Canes. He creates a mismatch in one aspect or the other, with pretty much all point guards he will face. Not to mention his tenacity on the defensive side of the ball, Bruce Brown is one of the best guards in the nation, as a two-way player.
Role on This Year’s Team
The addition of 5* guard Lonnie Walker and the return of Ja’Quan Newton gives Miami what many people are saying is the most explosive backcourt in the country. Brown will be the leader of this group, along with Dewan Huell in the frontcourt. The ball should be in Brown’s hands a whole lot as he will be creating for his teammates, or exploding to the rim getting buckets. On the other hand, his 1.5 SPG last season shows his defensive prowess as well. He will be asked to guard the opposing team’s best player. Given his versatility, Bruce will likely play a ton of minutes this season.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Brown is appearing in the first round of several 2018 NBA mock drafts. I believe with his size, explosiveness, and high motor, he is a sure fire NBA player. In order to improve his draft stock, he will need to show his point guard skills, as that will likely be his position at the next level. In his current form, the best comparison I have for Brown is Monta Ellis.