Clint's Notebook: 2005 PF Jon Brockman

TDD's in house recruiting analyst offers a look at one of the more highly placed prospects on the 2005 Duke recruiting radar in the form of 6-foot-8, 245 pound Seattle native Jon Brockman.

The buzz was out. Everyone was talking about him. People were flocking to see him in action. And Jon Brockman was impressing them.

All of them.

He walked out on the court. His physique, a strong and sturdy 6-7, 245 pounds. Broad shoulders, full chest, powerful legs with jacked calf muscles. This kid looks like he comes to play. Just a few plays into the game and you SEE how much passion he brings to the floor.

There's no talking. There's no loafing. There's no ego.

This isn't a kid who asks to come out of the game. He's there to play every play. And he plays every play like the game is on the line.

Consistent intensity.

Few players know what that is. And in our opinion, it's THE MOST overlooked part of evaluating prospects. Most kids turn it on briefly and turn it off. But Brockman is different. He plays hard the entire game.

And he does it on BOTH ends of the floor.

Sure, he's not the most versatile guy in the world. He won't break a press with his dribbles. He won't launch three-balls from 28 feet. And there's no desire to ever make an AND1 commercial. In fact -- he's not effective at all away from the basket. His shooting touch is not much to look at. His handle is average -- and that may be a compliment. But this is a kid who every college program in the country needs.

He's a warrior. An intense, aggressive, assertive warrior who hunts rebounds. A kid who wins points by sheer effort. He attacks the basket on offense, scores from many angles and STAYS INSIDE.

He's a bull in the paint who has some ball skills from 14 feet and in. He's physical on defense, moves his feet swiftly and quickly and sweats profusely. He uses his strength to outmuscle the opposition and he simply outworks everyone that he faces.

Jon Brockman is a player folks. But he's not a flashy one.

In a world where everyone gives all the credit to the sweet looking dunks, no-look passes and ankle-breaking cross-overs -- it's nice to see someone who does none of the above and impacts the game the way that he does.

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