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LEVERT IS COMING BACK, WE'RE GOING TO WIN THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT YEAR, AND HARBAUGH... so POSBANG
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It's a slow day on the board, so I'm posting this for those of you who (like me) don't get scouting reports from Scout/Rivals/etc. I should add that, aside from helping draft Bob Petit to the St. Louis Hawks, I have no background in basketball.
I watched Jaylen Brown in the McDonald's All-American Game, and I've also watched extended clips (i.e., not just highlights) of his games. My observations are as follows:
1. He's a scorer more than a facilitator, but he's a willing and skilled passer. He took a bad shot or two in the McDonald's game, but he'll generally find open teammates.
2. He has high vertical leap, as you would imagine, and he's also quick off the ground. I think he'll be a good rebounder in college even though he's apparently only 6' 5.5" without shoes (he's listed at 6' 7").
3. He's strong. He's able to take contact in traffic and still get a shot off thanks to his strength. He could be a bull after a summer in Camp Sanderson. I can't think of a recent Michigan wing whom he reminds me of.
4. He's a good shooter but not the purest shooter you'll ever see. He missed a three badly and missed a number of free throws at the McDonald's game, where he seemed slightly out of sorts to me. He's reportedly worked on his shot quite a bit, and while it's effective, it's ever-so-slightly mechanical in my eyes.
5. He's a very solid ball handler. He favors his right hand, but his left doesn't seem to be a liability. He could likely moonlight at PG if needed for a minute here or there.
6. He'll have to learn that he can't make something happen every trip down the floor. I assume this is a problem for a lot of highly-rated guys, but Brown sometimes has a bit too much confidence in his ability to make a play. He's an excellent finisher, as I referenced above, but he throws up some awkward shots in traffic too. Some of his wilder attempts to finish would likely end up with a missed shot and no foul call in the Big Ten.
7. He generally plays hard. I don't remember him being all over the court in the McDonald's game, but he's everywhere in the other games I watched. He blocks shots, steals the ball, and generally has a hand in much of the action.
8. He reminds me of...a smaller Dominque Wilkins? I'm not saying he's going to be as good as Wilkins, but he has a similar combination of quickness, leaping ability, and power.
9. How good is he now? He was not head-and-shoulders above other guys at the McDonald's game, where I thought the best player was Ben Simmons, who is LSU-bound. I think he'll have to adjust - like all gifted guys - to the fact that he won't be as much of a superman in college as he is in high school. I don't think he's a good candidate to be a savior of a struggling program in the way that Anthony Davis likely could have been had he chosen that route. He would be - at the risk of stating the obvious - an outstanding addition to Michigan's roster, but he wouldn't immediately be the focal point of the team.
But these are all very picky criticisms. Honestly, it would have been boring to just say how great he is. Brown, LeVert, and Irvin would make a trio that would be very difficult to guard. The very short version of this post - unsurprisingly - is DO WANT.
The extended clips I watched: