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
- 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.
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.”
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