They say good things come to those who wait. The Duke Blue Devils hope that’s the case with point guard Troy Brown Jr., the most recent player to receive a scholarship offer from Duke. Unfortunately fans will have to wait patiently to see which school he chooses, because Brown, a rising sophomore, doesn’t graduate high school until 2017.
It’s a little unusual for Duke to offer a scholarship to such a young player. Not unheard of (ask Harry Giles), but rare nonetheless, which speaks to the type of player Brown is and has the potential to become.
Athleticism runs in his family. Both of his parents were college athletes, oldest sister Janae was a member of the UNLV track and field team and older sister Jada plays basketball at Kansas.
Not only does he come from athletic pedigree, Brown produces the numbers to back up the hype. As a freshman, the Centennial High School (Las Vegas) point guard averaged 15.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game, earning him the rank of No. 2 overall prospect in the 2017 class by ESPN. Even more impressive, he’s ranked as one of the top 100 hundred players in the country, regardless of graduating class, by Rivals.com.
At 6-foot-6, some consider Brown too tall for the point guard position, but he doesn’t buy into that school of thought. Instead he looks to non-prototypical point guards such as Magic Johnson and Penny Hardaway as inspiration.
According to ALLSPORTSTUCSON.COM, Brown believes his athleticism combined with his size adds to his versatility as a point guard. “I can dribble and if I have bigger defenders on me, I can go past them. When I have smaller guards I can post them up. It’s great to have options and be versatile.”
To add to his already loaded arsenal of skills, Brown is working on becoming a better shooter and defender. A point guard who wants to be a better defender is music to Coach K’s ears.
Believe it or not, Duke isn’t the first university to extend a scholarship offer to Brown. UNLV extended an offer before he ever played a varsity game. Kansas, UCLA and Arizona have also tossed their hats into the ring, with presumably many more schools to follow suit over the next few years. In the end, here’s hoping Brown, a Vegas native, decides to go all in and bet on Duke!