Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray will break down each of Nevada’s 12 eligible scholarship players prior to the Wolf Pack basketball team’s season opener Nov. 6 versus BYU. We will count the players down in alphabetical order using their last names. Today’s player: Jordan Brown.
Position: Power forward
Hometown: Roseville, Calif.
2017-18 stats: 23.5 ppg, 13.1 rpg (at Prolific Prep)
Likely role: The second McDonald’s All-American to sign with Nevada, Brown comes to Reno with a lot of hype. He’ll be a starter from day one and a key cog to the Wolf Pack’s operation this season. Brown has excellent size for a power forward, although he could add some weight to be able to bang with the big boys in the Mountain West. He has a super refined pro-ready post game and is capable of scoring in a variety of ways down low. Brown has excellent touch around the basket and should alter shots with his length. He has a good motor who gets up and down the court well for a player his size, so he should get easy transition baskets. Brown must improve on defense – the added weight would help – but he’s used to playing against pros as a member of Team USA and on the top-notch AAU circuit. He has great pedigree, and his commitment to the Wolf Pack boosted Nevada’s external expectations from good to great.
Key stat: 1 — Brown’s stated goal is to spend one season at Nevada before turning pro. He’s been transparent about that. But he’s unlikely to be one of Nevada's top two or three scoring options with the Martin twins and Jordan Caroline in the fold. Nevada would be smart to run the offense through Brown in stretches. He’s an excellent passer who can get you buckets in the post. But he’s also a freshman on a senior-laden squad. We’ll see how that works out, but Brown isn’t on many mock draft boards right now. His sophomore season could be his big breakout campaign, although he could get there earlier than expected. He's a high-ceiling player who likely plays in the NBA at some point.
In his words: “I’m better conditioned now and just being able to compete with these guys like Trey Porter, Tre Thurman and having to guard Jordan Caroline and all of the other guards on the team, I think it makes me better and more prepared. The seniors on the team have experience and they’ll prepare me for the season. It really helps me to have all of these people with great experience who I can ask questions to. They’ll definitely help me get through the season. I know I’m not where I want to be. I want to get better every practice. I’m always going hard, I’m always giving my best effort. I know I’m not where I need to be at to get where I want to be. I’m still kind of under the radar, but I kind of like it like that. I have high expectations for this team. I’m pretty sure everybody on this team has high expectations for this team. We’re going to focus on taking it one game at a time and focus on getting back to the Sweet 16 and taking it from there.”
Sports columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @MurrayNSN.