Breaking down Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown is one of 2015's top prospects. Scout breaks down the five-star small forward's game.

Jaylen Brown has been a player known on the national scene for the last several years and if there's anything the small forward has shown over that time period it is the work ethic - and natural physical gifts - to continue to improve.

When evaluating the 6-foot-7, 215-pound 2015 wing from Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, you have to start with his frame and athleticism.

At 6-foot-7 with shoes, Brown also has a 7-foot wingspan. Not only does he has a terrific frame with long arms, but he's also an absolutely explosive athlete.

Whereas many prospects with Brown's athleticism don't always know how to use their physical gifts, that's not an issue here.

Brown uses his quick first step and elite body control to take opponents off the dribble and isn't afraid to finish well above the rim once he gets there, regardless of who is in the way. His attacking mentality leads to a lot of lay-ups and trips to the free throw line.

Defensively, due to Brown's size, length and athleticism, he'll be able to defend bigger two-guards, all small forwards and several fours at the college level. He should be a very good defender early into his college career.

One of his best attributes is the intensity he plays with on defense; it's a part of the game he takes very seriously and he projects as a very good defender, not just in college, but at the pro level as well.

Offensively, Brown's work ethic has helped him make strides. He started off as primarily a slasher, but his ball skills and jump shot have really improved over the course of his high school career.

He can get his shot off whenever he wants now and has become a much more consistent shooter. That said, if there's one area for Brown to improve at, this is it.

Those who know Brown rave about his elite mental makeup and drive to be successful. The way he's improved throughout his high school career and intensity he consistently plays with certainly give merit to that opinion.

Jaylen Brown is a prospect who, while very good now, has the chance to be a big time player if he continues to develop at the same rate he has been over the last three years.


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