* Great run-jump athlete
* Relentless defender
* Good 3-point shooter
* Good passer
* Needs to use his athleticism more to his advantage on the offensive end—get to the rim more often, finish stronger, get fouled
Brown helped his cause by playing well at the Portsmouth Invitational. If he gets drafted, it'll be in the second round, but he has a chance because of his length and ability to defend at a high level. If he makes 3's from the NBA line, so much the better.
Brown started all 34 games at small forward for a team that was ranked No. 1 part of the year and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. In early March, he became the 40th player in Pitt history to surpass the 1,000 career-point barrier. He scored in double figures 20 times and surpassed 20 points three times.
11.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 tpg, 28.0 mpg, .458 FG, .413 3PT, .789 FT
The career-high 28 points Brown scored against Maryland-Eastern Shore this season were the most by a Pitt player since Sam Young scored 32 against Oklahoma State in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Reminds me of:
What Insiders Say:
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon
"I think defense will be his calling card [in the NBA]. He has to promote himself as a defensive stopper and a guy that's versatile enough to guard different positions. That's going to be the way he hangs around and makes a career out of it.
"But I also think that teams are going to be surprised at how skilled he is and how well he shoots the ball. That's what I look forward to seeing. Teams know he's athletic. But he's a better shooter and more skilled than people might realize."
What Outsiders Say:
Washington assistant coach Raphael Chillious (who coached Brown in high school)
"Gilbert Brown can defend anyone at any level of basketball. He's a junkyard dog."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2006-07, 0-for-1 (.000); 2007-08, 19-for-78 (.244); 2008-09, 11-for-39 (.282); 2009-10, 21-for-53 (.396); 2010-11, 43-for-104 (.413). Totals: 94-for-275 (.342).|