Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6'5" / 225 lbs
School/Club: SMU
Status: Senior
Birthday: February 10, 1995

POST-DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Milwaukee Bucks

About Sterling Brown

Brown is nothing if not coachable. When he turned up at SMU as a freshman, then-coach Larry Brown and his assistant (and now head coach) Tim Jankovich told Brown he needed to become a better 3-point shooter or risk becoming neutralized as a scorer. So Brown went to work. He shot a solid 36 percent from 3 as a freshman, 44 percent as a sophomore, then exploded to 54 percent as a junior. That led the American Athletic Conference. In his final season, Brown once again led the league in 3-point percentage. “From the time he’s been here, he’s worked so hard on his shot,” Jankovich told the SMU Daily Campus. “He’s turned into not a good shooter, but a great shooter. He can shoot off the catch, off the dribble, or when he’s moving. He doesn’t have to be set.”


  • Excellent 3-point shooter
  • Length (near 6-10 wingspan)
  • NBA body
  • Solid rebounder
  • Versatile
  • Ball-hawking defender
  • Good passer
  • Good free-throw shooter
  • Can drive or post up


  • Tweener height
  • Not an elite-level athlete

NBA projection: Brown has turned up in mock drafts as a late second-round pick.

2016-17 Season
Brown earned second-team All-American Athletic Conference honors and was also voted to the AAC all-tournament team after helping the Mustangs win the league championship and a spot in the NCAA tournament. He finished in the top 16 in the league in four categories—including first in 3-point percentage for the second consecutive year—reached double-figure scoring 28 times and racked up six double-doubles. He finished his career with more wins (103) than any player in SMU history.

Key statistics: 10.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.9 tpg, 1.4 spg, 32.7 mpg, .459 FG, .449 3PT, .791 FT

Cool statistic: In 2015-16 Brown was the first player in Division I history to shoot at least 60 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3 and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

Reminds me of: Solomon Hill

What Insiders Say
SMU coach Tim Jankovich

“[Brown’s improved shooter has] gone along with all the rest of the game that he had, which was driving, posting, rebounding, toughness plays. Now all of a sudden, he’s a great shooter. He’s a real weapon in a lot of ways.”

What Outsiders Say
Tulsa coach Frank Haith

“I think Sterling Brown is their guy,” Haith told the Tulsa World. “When he plays well … he is such a key on both ends of the court. He usually guards the other team’s best player on the perimeter. I think he makes timely shots and he plays so hard.”


Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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