He may be one of the youngest players in attendance, but there aren’t many more impressive than 6-foot-5, 180-pound Las Vegas Centennial 2017 point guard Troy Brown.
“It is a great experience learning from older players and trying to prove the point that I can hang with the best of them,” Brown said. “It’s just a fun experience to compete with some of the best players in the country.”
Brown has certainly proved that he belongs and is looking to accomplish numerous things at the LeBron James Skills Academy.
“I talk to the older guys a little bit, but I am going to be a sophomore, so I am kind of taking it slow and just playing basketball.,” he said. “At the same time, I want to learn from them and get the experience from them. I ask some questions, but I also kind of lay back and take everything in.”
When describing his game, Brown is quick to name two successful big point guards.
“I would say I am a tall point guard like a Penny Hardaway or Magic Johnson that can rebound and then push the ball,” he said. “I can do a lot on the court and facilitate and open up the lane for my teammates.”
Coaches can’t talk directly with Brown yet, but that has not stopped schools from showing their interest.
“UNLV, USC, and Arizona are my offers and then I am getting a lot of letters also,” Brown said. “Arizona is a great program and it has been one of my favorites for a while. I want to keep my options up, but I do like Arizona.”
Brown’s sister goes to Kansas, but that will likely not play a major role in his decision.
“I think of it as that she went there, but I am going to do what is best for me,” Brown said. “Even though if I could go there it would be good for the family, I am going to do what is best for me.”
There’s no doubt that Brown is going to get more offers, but he is trying to take everything in stride.
“I look at an offer as something to keep me going and keep me motivated,” he said. “I am not going to get too hyped over it.”
When those offers do come, what is Brown looking at?
“I would say academics and the culture of the school,” he said. “Has there been past players that have done well in the NBA, what they are all about, and how they coach.”