2021 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Greg Brown III

2021 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Greg Brown III

by July 20, 2021 1 comment

Greg Brown III struggled in the NCAA tournament where the Longhorns fell to 14th-seeded Abilene Christian, but his upside will leave teams intrigued headed into the 2021 NBA Draft. Let’s take a look at the potential first-rounder.

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Player Bio

Name: Greg Brown III

Position: Forward

School: Texas

Age: 20

Height: 6’11”

Weight: 205 lbs

Prototype: Athletic Forward

Defense (22/30)

Brown is an athletic freak. He has incredible verticality that allows him to block shots and contest shots in the paint. However, he often gambles and is not able to contest. He also does a great job of forcing his opponents to settle for pull-ups due to his lateral quickness. Brown is not polished as a defender, but his athleticism allows him to thrive on that end of the floor.

Finishing (9.5/10)

Brown is tremendous when driving to the basket. He uses his elite athleticism to make electric plays. He is a terrific dunker and finishes well in transition on either side of the rim. Sometimes, he attempted overly ambitious drives that failed, but he often succeeded when finishing at the basket.

Perimeter Shooting (6.5/10)

Brown was an average shooter during his time in Texas. The biggest problem with Brown’s shot is the inconsistency. His base often narrows which causes varied results with his jump shot. In addition, his legs swing around while he is shooting. Although his jumper was somewhat unpredictable, he never hesitated to shoot and shot 33.0 percent from beyond the arc in his freshman year.

Ball Handling (3.5/10)

Brown does not have an elite handle, but he showed some flashes of upside. He took long strides in combination with his quick first step to make plays when driving to the basket. However, many of the times when he puts the ball on the floor he keeps his head down and moves in a straight line which led to turnovers.

Passing (1.5/10)

Brown does a good job of moving the ball around the court and not holding on to it for too long. He missed open shooters or made sloppy passes sometimes, however. He only averaged 0.4 assists per game at Texas so is unlikely to be a high-level passer at the next step.

Rebounding (9.5/10)

Brown is a good rebounder. He uses his high-level athleticism in combination with his elite verticality to pick up rebounds. Brown grabbed 6.2 boards in just 20.6 minutes per game at Texas.

Athleticism (9.5/10)

An athletic freak who has an elite vertical, which allows him to make electric dunks at the rim or block shots on defense. He does not have great strength or technique which hurts him on defense, but is excellent from an athleticism standpoint.

Injury (10/10)

Brown played in 26 of Texas’ 27 games during his one and only season as at Texas.

Bonus: Potential (+4.5/5)

The forward’s ceiling is very high. He is raw, but he has elite athleticism, while the rest of his game is mostly average. If he can become an elite shooter or polish his entire game, the sky is the limit for Brown.

Player Summary

Brown is an athletic forward with a high ceiling that will have teams selecting in the first round interested. He is a good finisher and rebounder but needs to polish up his technique and form in multiple areas of his game. However, if Brown can clean up his game, he has a high upside that teams tend to look for more and more often nowadays.

Final Grade (76.5/100): Late First-Round Pick


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