2018 guard Marquis Brown of the Mac Irvin Fire shined at the first GNBA event. The Chicago native dominated the competition at a high level. Here is more on Marquis Brown.
Brown is a 6-foot lefty from Chicago, Illinois. He has the ability to play either guard position due to his current size and athleticism. Brown is physically mature in the upper body. That strength allows him to make plays that others his age cannot. He has a great first step off the dribble. He also moves extremely well on the defensive end.
Offensive efficiency is something that Brown excels. He shot 22 of 33 from two-point range over three games. Those games were against good players and good teams, so they were not inflated numbers. Brown averaged 19 points per game over the weekend including a 33 point effort against Team Ramey. He added 6 rebounds and 5 assists in that game as well.
Against Team Ramey, Brown was automatic on midrange, pull-up jump shots. The lefty got his defender off balance with a crossover or a hesitation move then finished it with a 16-foot pull-up. He has the extra gear to get all the way to the basket as well. Brown did a good job of taking what the defense was giving him.
Brown did not hit a shot from beyond the arc during the weekend. He only attempted four three-pointers though. He shot 13 of 16 from the free throw line. Combine the fact that he shot well from the free throw line and on midrange jump shots, and his range should extend to the three-point line easily down the road. Brown has likely been able to get to the basket at will to this point in his career. Thus, he has not needed to concentrate on his outside shooting.
The impressive scoring ability drew my eye to Brown, but his competitiveness is what I like most about his game. He was constantly battling for rebounds. He competed on the defensive end every possession. Playing with energy and toughness is a skill that is disappearing from basketball; Brown has it.
Marquis Brown is a player to keep an eye on going forward. He will likely transition to being a pure point guard with his quickness, toughness and basketball intelligence. Brown is one to watch in the 2018 class.