Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 190

Position: Small Forward

Team: Providence

Class: Senior

#2 MarShon Brooks | F

Right-handed… Brooks' name has popped up in everyone's conversation for the country's most improved players. As a 6'5" scoring guard, Brooks has more than doubled his scoring average to finish second in the country and is one of the best rebounders for a guard- though most of Brooks' rebounds come because he is forced to play out of position for the undersized Friars… The senior is a huge scorer, capable of scoring from nearly anywhere on the better side of halfcourt. He's best known for his 43-point explosion on Georgetown and then 52 points just two weeks later against Notre Dame. A big change in his game from last season is Brooks' ability to get to the foul line. He has become a much better slasher, garnering 215 free-throw attempts which is more than his first three years combined as a result from spending more time in the paint as opposed to on the perimeter… His biggest asset is his ability to create his own shot in which the opportunities come early and often in Providence's up-tempo offense. He uses a quick, rangy first step to get by his defender…

The senior guard is just an average athlete, with average explosiveness. Had he been a better athlete, Brooks would have been even more of a threat to score the basketball. But because of his slender frame and lack of explosive leaping ability, Brooks struggled to finish around the rim… Perimeter shooting isn't Brooks' strength where he can be described as inconsistent at best. He's a 33.7 percent shooter this year, but makes plenty of 3s due to his high-volume of attempts… Although he is setting a career-high in assists per game, Brooks rarely looks to get his teammates involved. For as many minutes as he played this year and how often he had the ball in his hands, scouts were looking for Brooks to make plays by distributing the ball, instead of often forcing shots up… One of Brooks' biggest weaknesses as a scorer is his ability to pull-up and knock down jumpers. He has the extreme confidence so you know he is going to keep shooting, but he is one of the most inefficient shooters off the dribble (shooting between 25-30 percent in these areas)… Scouts doubt that Brooks will fit into a system at the next level, meaning he will need to learn to fit a specific role within a team philosophy, instead of needing the ball in his hands to be effective…
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