Sterling Brown Player Profile
Size: 6-6, 200
Hometown: Maywood, Ill
High School: Proviso East HS
Recruitment: Sterling Brown was a four-star Scout recruit coming out of college and rated the 19th best small forward in the country. Larry Brown and Sterling Brown go way back as the iconic coach also worked with Sterling Brown’s brother Shannon while coaching the Charlotte Bobcats. Ultimately the relationship between the Hall of Fame coach and highly regarded recruit led Brown to commit to SMU over offers from Northwestern, DePaul, Minnesota and Oregon State.
Sterling Brown got off to a slow start to begin the year, but by the time winter break rolled around, Brown was inserted back into the starting lineup after Keith Frazier was ruled ineligible. Sterling Brown only averaged just over five points and four rebounds per game but that was not what he contributed to this team. Brown served as a glue guy for SMU that was always a threat to knock down a big three but the biggest comfort was coach Brown knew he was always going to be in the right spot bringing toughness to the team. SMU certainly missed the three-point prowess of Keith Frazier but the toughness Brown brought served a different purpose for the team.
Outlook in 2015-16
Brown has a good chance to play alongside Keith Frazier this season and his role will certainly be increased. With Ryan Manuel gone, Brown is going to be next guy after Nick Russell and Ryan Manuel that is asked to shut down their opponents best player. The Mustangs don’t need Brown to score a ton of points, they have Nic Moore, Shake Milton, Keith Frazier and Markus Kennedy to do that but they will need someone to step up on the defensive side of the ball. I expect Brown will have a big impact on how SMU’s season unfolds and he should see much of the same playing time as he saw during conference play last year.