I like Brown's potential and he's good but IMO, he's no Walton

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Posted by traprh on November 07, 2018 at 16:25:46

In Reply to: Hey I was excited after NYIT posted by amadbruin on November 07, 2018 at 13:18:06

I know you didn't say he was but I thought I'd add some of my thoughts on the subject.

As a freshman and soph at UCLA, Walton had a very good post game and back to the basket scoring ability. He was a very smooth passer and post player as well. In addition, he was much more polished than Brown as far as post play goes and his court awareness was some of the best I've ever seen. No one could make those outlet passes like he could. And he had some of the best hops I've seen in a man of his height--until his knees gave out on him.

I know it's very early but I haven't seen any of those traits in Brown yet. However, that doesn't mean that I believe Brown isn't going to be a great Bruin. But I honestly don't see him attaining the skill level that Walton achieved. That being said, Brown is a lot better than I expected and from what I see, he will be an upgrade in both rebounding and defense from Welsh (first true rim protector the Bruins have had in years) and will get his points down low. I won't be surprised if he ends up with a double/double most games.

In the two games I've seen so far, I haven't seen any shots from Brown other than dunks and layups so it's difficult to say if he can shoot a normal post shot with any accuracy (jumpers, jump hooks, etc). His free throw shooting will need work though (as with many of the Bruin players). The last guy I saw who used that "single-hand" free throw technique was Bill Sharman (but he was outstanding with it).

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