J'Covan Brown Cleared by NCAA

The already impressive Texas Longhorns 2009-10 backcourt received yet another boost on Monday when word was received that former Port Arthur Memorial combo guard J'Covan Brown had been cleared for competition and enrollment by the NCAA. Burnt Orange Beat has all the breaking news details.

Port Arthur guard J'Covan Brown has taken a long and winding road to get to Texas with many people questioning whether the top-50 prospect in the 2008 class would ever step foot on the Forty Acres. On Monday, Brown and Texas received word that Brown has been cleared by the NCAA academically and can officially enroll at the university.

Despite the twists and turns of the recruiting process, Brown was steadfast in his desire to play for the Texas Longhorns while others were pushing Oklahoma State and Cincinnati. Brown eventually picked his dream school in a press conference at Memorial High.

The long road for Brown and Texas began on November 15, 2007 when the then senior guard committed, but didn't sign with the University of Texas.

Brown eventually signed with Texas in the late period, but failed to meet NCAA qualification standards. Since graduating from Memorial in the spring of 2008, the latest in a long line of talented players to come out of Port Arthur has been working to get qualified.

On Monday, the news came from the NCAA that the long wait for Brown and Texas was officially over.

Brown burst onto the scene as a freshman at Beaumont Kelly scoring over 20 points per game to go with five rebounds and four assists. He improved on his numbers as a sophomore before transferring to Memorial for his junior season.

Brown, a 6-2, 185-pound scoring guard, led Port Arthur (Tex.) Memorial to a 29-6 record as a junior. He averaged 26.3 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game.

As a senior, the scoring guard averaged 29.9 points per game in 12 contests.

J'Covan Brown Scouting Report

Brown isn't a player that beats his defender with elite quickness or big time leaping ability. Brown is blessed with an innate ability to score the ball with a variety of moves and shots inside of 12-feet, the ability to make plays for himself and others in transition and the half court and a terrific feel in the ball screen game. His court vision is the most underrated part of his game.

Brown is a streak shooter from long range with the ability to catch and shoot from 17-20 feet or create space for a quick trigger pull up off the bounce. He is a streak three-point shooter with range out to 23-24-feet.

Defensively, Brown has the ability to guard the ball using his anticipation and ability to play physical and remained balanced to react and recover. Like the majority of talented high school prospects, his defense was spotty. When challenged, he showed the willingness and ability to defend the ball.

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