Clint's Notebook: Jon Brockman

Get a closer look at Carolina's hoops targets by reading straight from the notebook of <i>Inside Carolina</i> recruiting analyst Clint Jackson. In this edition - 2005 forward Jon Brockman.

6'7, 240
Snohomish (Wash.) HS

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 and moves his feet swiftly. He uses his strength to outmuscle the opposition and he simply outworks everyone that he faces. The maximum effort is reflected in the profuse sweat.

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.


"He's tough. Looks leaner and quicker from last time we saw him. Eats nails for breakfast. He's a tough kid. Beast on the boards." -- Anonymous scouting report from a high major college coach

For the latest on Brockman, as well as extensive archived info, check out IC's Jon Brockman profile.

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