Just hours after it was reported that Cincinnati’s Jacob Evans is having an additional workout with the Celtics, RealGM’s Keith Smith has reported that Miami guard Bruce Brown Jr. will also have a second workout with the C’s.
Brown was a standout local player at Wakefield High School before transferring to Vermont Academy where he would be recruited to Miami. Coming out of high school, Brown was the 26th-ranked player in his class.
The 21-year-old was a considered a lottery-pick following his freshman year at Miami, but chose to not enter the draft and return for his sophomore season. His stock has dropped since then thanks to a season-ending foot injury in January. He’s now projected as a late first round or early second-round pick, meaning there’s a very good chance he’ll be on the board Thursday when the Celtics pick at No. 27.
Before the injury, Brown played 19 games for the Hurricanes his sophomore season averaging 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. For comparison in Brown’s freshman campaign, he averaged 11.8 points, 3.2 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals.
Brown stands at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds and he’s a burly defender that can muscle his way to the rim and finish with force on the offensive end. His muscular frame allows him to guard multiple positions and not get bullied by bigger forwards.
There are concerns about his ability to shoot from deep. Brown’s three-point-percentage dropped from 35 percent his freshman season to 27 percent his sophomore season. His free throw percentage also dropped from 74 percent to 63 percent his sophomore season.
When looking at the Celtics’ current roster, Brown fits the mold of a Marcus Smart, or in the past – an Avery Bradley. Ainge has a recent history of drafting tough, gritty defenders and Brown seems to be no different.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog