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Kendall Brown ‘Emerging As First-Round Caliber Prospect’: ESPN

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Kendall Brown, a Baylor true freshman who has already made an impact on the No. 4 Bears, is ‘emerging as a first-round caliber prospect,’ according to ESPN’s Mike Schmitz.

Schmitz and Jonathan Givony cover the NBA Draft for ESPN and its family of sites. The pair posted an article about top draft risers after last weekend’s Thanksgiving tournament, and they had Brown No. 19 on their overall Top 100 board.

Schmitz cited Brown’s efficiency as a shooter and player in his short piece, nothing that Brown’s height (6-foot-8), wingspan (6-foot-10) and athletic ability are the qualities that NBA team are looking for in a wing.


Schmitz even compared Brown’s measurables to another former Big 12 player, Andrew Wiggins, formerly of Kansas and now at Golden State.

‘Brown is incredibly quick off the floor, can stop and start instantaneously and is a nightmare for opposing defenses in transition when he opts to get out and run with his blazing open-court speed,’ Schmitz wrote.

Schmitz also wrote that Brown has the tools to be a high-level NBA defender.

Brown is averaging 15 points, four rebounds, 3.8 assists and two steals per game this season. Most impressive, writes Schmitz, is his 68 percent clip from the floor.

Brown wasn’t the only Big 12 player in Schmitz’s and Givony’s Top 100 board. Other Big 12 players included:

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji at No. 25;

Baylor forward Jeremy Sochan at No. 40;

Baylor forward Matthew Mayer at No. 54;

TCU guard Mike Miles at No. 62;

Texas Tech guard Terrence Shannon Jr. at No. 63;

Kansas guard Christian Braun at No. 66;

And, Baylor forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua at No. 68.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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