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Mailbag Question

“Which prospect will make the most impact on their team next year as a freshman?”

The first three names that come to mind are LeBryan Nash (Oklahoma State), Tony Wroten Jr. (Washington), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia). However, Jabari Brown (Oregon) seems like the person who will make the most impact since the Ducks are one game above .500 and lose their best scorer, Joevan Catron, and their best guard, Jay-R Strowbridge. Between the two, Oregon will lose over a third of their points per game which ranks 169th in the NCAA. Brown is just what the doctor ordered for the Ducks since he is a big-time scorer who can put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways. He is a great shooter with outstanding range, is strong and big which allows him to finish through contact and post-up smaller defenders, and has a very good mid-range game which compliments his ability to get to the basket very well. Brown will also have a senior point guard who averages four assists per game (which is top-3 in the Pac-10), Malcolm Armstead, who can dish him the ball when he gets open. However, the great thing about Brown is he has the ability to create his own shot so while Armstead is a luxury he is not a necessity. Expect Brown to win All-Pac-10 honors as a freshman and to be a very important player for the Ducks.

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