Detroit Pistons #DraftDreams: J’Covan Brown

Info

  • Measurables: 6-foot-1, 197 pounds, junior G from Texas
  • Key Stats: 20.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals per game, 42 percent from the field, 37 percent from three
  • Projected: Second round
  • Hickory High Similarity Score

Why I’m intrigued by this guy

Brown is another versatile guard who could give the Pistons some depth if he’s available in the second round. Also, I’m intrigued by the fact that Texas players dominate the combine when it comes to having high body fat percentages. Brown led all prospects this season at the combine. Cory Joseph was in the top 10 last season. Dexter Pittman led two seasons ago. Texas players are well-fed.

Pros for the Pistons

Unlike yesterday’s combo guard prospect, Jared Cunningham, Brown would be a bit better fit with the Pistons offensively simply because he’s a very good 3-point shooter — he shot 37 percent last year and 39 percent as a sophomore from three. Brown, though a natural scorer, is also a little more of a point guard than Cunningham. Despite being only 6-foot-1, he’s also capable of getting inside and finishing — he shot nearly six free throws per game last season.

Cons for the Pistons

The Pistons could really use a pass-first point guard in their backup spot, since Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum are all guys more comfortable looking for their own shot first. Brown was definitely not a pass-first player at Texas. He didn’t always have great shot selection and, if he proves to be more of a shooting guard than a point guard at the NBA level, he’ll probably struggle defensively against big two guards. Still, the Pistons could use some guard depth and if Scott Machado is gone by their second second round pick, Brown will be one of a handful of guards in that range teams will be looking at.

What others are saying

Chad Ford:

Brown was one of the best scoring guards in college basketball this season. When he gets it going, he can be very hard to stop. However, scouts have serious questions about his shot selection, turnovers and position. He is undersized as a 2-guard and doesn’t really have point-guard skills. He’ll likely go in the second round or undrafted.

DraftExpress:

Another player who seemingly helped himself quite a bit was Texas guard J’Covan Brown. Playing mostly off the ball throughout his career alongside McDonald’s All-Americans Myck Kabongo,Cory Joseph and Avery Bradley, Brown showed terrific timing running the pick and roll, changing speeds extremely well and making strong decisions with the ball in his hands. He did a good job displaying both his passing and scoring ability, and measured reasonably well at 6-2 in shoes with a 6-4 ½ wingspan. With the weakness of this class at the point guard spot, he could be an attractive option for a team drafting in the second round.

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