DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Memphis Grizzlies
About Dillon Brooks
Brooks lives for the moment. In his final season at Oregon, he hit game-winning shots against Tennessee, UCLA and California and also scored the Ducks’ final 12 points in a one-point home-court victory over Arizona State. Able to play both forward spots in college, he was a mismatch nightmare because he could muscle past or through smaller players and was quicker than more traditional power forwards. He also improved his 3-point shooting and was a facilitator for teammates; he finished third among Oregon players with 95 assists. "I feel like I really added to my game [by returning for his junior season]," Brooks said when he announced he was declaring for the NBA Draft. "I feel like I think the game more; my basketball IQ is raised. I'm just ready to get out there."
- Clutch scorer
- Much-improved 3-point shooter
- Good passer
- Good, not outstanding athlete
- Tweener size
- Doesn’t have plus length
NBA projection: Brooks has been projected as a second-round pick. He’s compared his own game to players such as Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green or Jae Crowder, all versatile, of a certain tweener size and none drafted higher than No. 30 overall.
Despite starting the season on the sidelines nursing an injury, Dillon put together a great final year, earning first-team All-America honors from USA Today and second team from the Associated Press, The Sporting News, USBWA, NABC and Basketball Times. He was also chosen the player of the year in the Pac-12 and earned first-team all-conference honors.
Key statistics: 16.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 tpg, 1.1 spg, 25.3 mpg, .488 FG, .401 3PT, .754 FT
Career Highlights: One of five finalists for the 2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. The 10th all-time career scorer in Oregon history with 1,612 points and its career leader in NCAA Tournament scoring (162), field goals made (59) and assists (32). For Team Canada, led the 2014 U18 FIBA Americas Championship in scoring (25.3 ppg). The second-leading scorer at the 2015 U19 FIBA Worlds (18.8 ppg). With the senior team, won silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games (5.0 ppg, 9.2 mpg).
Cool statistic: Brooks was the first player in Oregon history to reach the 1,000-point mark as a sophomore.
Reminds me of: Jae Crowder
What Insiders Say
Oregon coach Dana Altman
“He's only had one technical this year. You don't want to take passion out of a player. But there is a fine line there. When it affects his performance, when it affects your team. I would much rather have a player that you're trying to just calm down a little bit rather than one you're always begging to play hard. I've never had to beg Dillon Brooks to practice hard or play hard. He's been really fun to work with. He has matured, but you would hope that out of any player that's been with you three years.”
What Outsiders Say
Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley
“Torian [Graham] did the best he could with him [during a streak where Brooks scored 12 straight points], but he is so versatile with his ability to drive to the hoop and get fouled, and then he was hitting 3s also. We couldn’t provide a lot of help, because he was surrounded with shooters. They did a good job of getting that matchup and getting good results from it.”
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