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Charlie Brown Jr. Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Charlie Brown Jr.

Soph. 6’7″ 199 SG/SF St. Josephs DOB: 2/2/97
19 ppg 6.2 rpg 1.5 apg FG: 43% 3PT: 35.6%

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NBA Comparison: Kelly Oubre

Strength: Size, Shot Creation, Athleticism, Rebounding

Weaknesses: Outside Shooting, Efficiency, Competition Level, Passing

Brown Jr. is a big wing standing at 6’7″ with solid measurements that allow him to be a mismatch on the wing. He can back down a smaller defender where he is able to use a turnaround jumper that was effective, or get by bigger players using his speed and quickness. Having the size, speed and quickness necessary to play at the professional level will bode well for the junior and he should be able to find a role with no problem. He can finish at the rim with a strong vertical, allowing him to finish over taller players but it also makes him very effective in the open court. There is good film on Brown Jr. both leading the break driving to the basket, or sliding out and hitting a jump shot after being set up by a teammate. Shot creation is an area that he excelled in at college, getting his shot off with ease, and while it will be more difficult at the next level he has the tools to create separation at the highest levels of basketball. He rebounded well for a guard averaging 6.2 per game as a sophomore which helps him impact the game as more than just a scorer. Brown Jr. is a natural scorer that averaged 12.8 points per game as a freshman starting 30 games, but then he broke out in his sophomore season improving to 19 points per game as the go to scorer for the Hawks. His all around offensive abilities translate well to the professional level, and he is the type of player that can be overlooked coming out of a smaller school but then makes an impact as he transitions to the pro game. 

There are questions with his ability to shoot the ball from the outside after going 35.6% on three point attempts as a sophomore. He did shoot it better as a freshman at 38.4% with more attempts, but the regression in percentages with less usage on three pointers is a concern. With that said he has a natural shooting motion that will not need much work mechanically and he shot free throws at over 80% in both of college seasons suggesting that he has the ability to become a more more consistent outside threat going forward. At times he played too fast and made some bad decisions with the ball in his hands, however overall he showed that he can bring the ball up the floor and play the lead guard at times despite some bad plays. His versatility and size will make him more enticing to teams than just a scorer, but it may also take some time for Brown Jr. to find a defined role with the skills he brings to the table. While some teams will have concerns with the level of competition he has faced, and while St. Joseph’s does not play in the ACC, the level of competition in the Atlantic 10 still solid when compared to other colleges as a whole. He had some big games against power conference schools dropping 26 on Wake Forest, and 18 against West Virginia to go with 28 against UCF who made a strong run in this years NCAA tournament. All in all he was a consistent scorer against most teams that he played, and as the season went on he became a much better rebounder impacting the game on both sides of the floor. Brown Jr. can improve as a passer and despite having the ball in his hands often he averaged less than 2 assists per game. This will not be a major concern for teams looking into drafting the sophomore, however it is an area that he will need to improve to help him earn minutes. 

These plays give you an idea of his offensive skill set:

Brown Jr. is projected to be a late second round pick or to go undrafted by most draft analysts. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level guard receiving significant minutes while bringing an above average level of scoring and play making to the table. The worst case scenario for Brown Jr. is that he is unable to find a role or score efficiently enough to earn minutes at the NBA level, leading him to play most of his career in the G League or overseas. 

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