Oregon Basketball: Ducks snag 2017 small forward Troy Brown Jr.

Dana Altman has added a third prospect to Oregon basketball’s 2017 recruiting class.

If there’s one program in the Pac-12 that is thriving on their own momentum, it’s the Oregon Ducks. Dana Altman’s program earned their first number one seed in the NCAA Tournament in school history last year, they are ranked fifth in the latest AP Preseason Poll and they have their best shot to make their first Final Four since 1939 this season.

More good news came out of Eugene on Monday as Las Vegas native and 2017 small forward Troy Brown Jr. committed to the Ducks over Alabama, Georgetown, Kansas and Ohio State.

The 6’7″, 215 pound forward is a five-star recruit and is ranked 18th in ESPN’s top 100 for the class of 2017. Brown is the 5th best player at his respective position in the nation and is the top player in Nevada for the class of 2017.

The Centennial High School talent thrives thanks to his diverse, versatile game. Brown has excellent size, length and athleticism, giving him an advantage from anywhere from the point position to the power forward position.

Brown is a tremendous ball handler for his size, but he uses his terrific feel for the game and vision to make plays for his teammates. He can play in pick-and-roll situations, as he doesn’t turn the ball over or make poor decisions.

He can shoot the ball from the perimeter, however, Brown is more effective in transition and when he is attacking off the bounce in the half-court. Consistency from beyond the three point line would be the next step in Brown’s game.

The best facet of the five-star recruits’ game may come on the defensive end, where he can switch in most situations and keep the ball in front of him on the perimeter. His wingspan, athletic ability and solid frame gives him the upper hand on many other players his age.

Brown showed off all his tools at the U17 World Championships this past summer. The newest Duck helped lead Team USA to a gold medal by averaging 10 points, 5.9 rebounds and three assists per game. He shot 56 percent inside the arc and 44 percent overall for the tournament.

With Oregon already reeling in two other four-star prospects Victor Bailey Jr. and Abu Kigab, the Ducks are in business to remain competitive in the Pac-12 even after losing Chris Boucher, Dylan Ennis and potentially Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey after the 2016-17 season. Their 2017 class doesn’t compare to Arizona’s (at least not yet), but Altman continues to prove that the Ducks aren’t going anywhere for the long haul.

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