Troy Brown knows his freshman season at Oregon didn’t fit the description of a player ready for an early exit to the NBA.
Brown became Oregon’s first one-and-done when he declared for the draft after averaging 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Ducks. He was not selected to the five-player all-freshman team in the Pac-12.
“Coming out of college, I didn’t feel like a lot of people saw me as a very good player,” Brown told the media last week following a workout with the Portland Trail Blazers. “I didn’t have a great year, so people didn’t think I was good at basketball period, I think. Being able to come out here and show what I am capable of doing and have a chip on my shoulder and show how I am as an individual has done a lot for me and given me motivation to do my best and show who I am.”
Portland was the 10th of 12 NBA teams that Brown planned to work out for in preparation of Thursday’s draft. The 6-foot-7 Brown is projected to go between the 15th and 25th selections and will almost certainly be the first Duck drafted in the first round since Aaron Brooks in 2007.
“I feel like my stock has definitely risen a lot, but there are so many trades in the draft that I have no idea,” Brown said.
Brown has tried to address concerns about his shooting percentage and ability to handle the ball during interviews with NBA teams.
Brown shot 44.4 percent from the field at Oregon, including 29.1 percent on three-pointers.
“I just come out and shoot,” he said of the workouts. “Everyone pretty much says my jump shot is good. With everyone coming into the league, it is the same thing to keep putting up shots and getting repetitions. Nobody out here is shooting 50 percent and stuff like that. We all have things we have to work on and I feel like shooting is one of mine.”
Brown led Oregon with 86 turnovers in 35 games while playing mostly on the wing. He was Oregon’s primary backup to point guard Payton Pritchard, who played 35.1 minutes per game.
Brown said he always played point guard until he grew as a senior in high school and was moved to small forward while emerging as a five-star recruit.
“A lot of guys, when they say ‘three-and-D,’ it is more of an offensive scoring and defensive player,” Brown said. “I bring a lot more to that on the versatility side of things. Being able to make plays for teammates and be more of a point guard instead of having to be a 2 or 3 helps me.”
Brown said despite and underwhelming freshman season at Oregon, he consulted with his father before deciding his best option was to enter the draft and sign with Adam Pensack as his agent.
"It has been a fun process, coming in with a chip on my shoulder and trying to show people what I can do has been fun for me," he said.