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Butler Recruit Focus: Elijah Brown


Profile:

Position:  Shooting Guard

Size:  6-foot-4 and 185 pounds

High School and Travel Team:  Mater Dei High School and Ohio Basketball Club

Recruit rankings:

ESPN 3-star recruit and 51st ranked SG

Rivals.com’s 140th ranked player and 36th ranked SG

247Sports.com’s 170th ranked player and 44th ranked SG

Scout.com 3-star recruit

Strengths:

Brown is the son of former Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers and now back to current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown – so he’s go that going for him.  But in terms of basketball talent-wise he is regarded as a natural scorer.  Former Butler head coach Brad Stevens stated that he is impressed with the variety of ways in which he can score.  He’s got good size for a two-guard and plays the game with a solid basketball IQ; something I suppose we should expect given his father’s credentials.  Also, he’s a good defender, another aspect we should expect given that defense is his dad’s known specialty as a NBA head coach.

Weaknesses:

Brown is a two guard, but it would be nice if he was a bit more proficient at handling the ball and making sound decisions.  Butler could be suspect at point guard this year, so it would be beneficial for himself to improve his ball handling in order to see the court more often.  He can also be a streaky shooter, but even the best go through dry spells.  You shoot your way out of those as long as it’s not to the detriment of the team.

How he will fit in:

The Butler Bulldogs have lost their best shooter and scorer from last year Rotnei Clarke, so there is an opportunity for a player or players to step up.  If Brown can prove that he can score on a regular basis like he has throughout his career, there will be a spot for him in the rotation.  He’s got good size and strength for a guard, but he just needs to work on taking care of the ball.

Recruiting video:

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