Oregon’s 5-star commit Troy Brown Jr. is currently participating for the West in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago at the United Center. The game is airing live on ESPN.
The 6-foot-7 point guard from Las Vegas is certainly ready for his next step. The home of Chicago’s Bulls and Blackhawks is the annual setting for America’s top high school basketball talent.
When I first broke down Brown on film, I noticed one thing. He is the next Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. From their jump shot to the way they drive the lane and dish out the dimes, it is uncanny. Penny was one of my favorite players growing up. If Brown is anything like him, we are all in for a real showcasing of talent.
Nevertheless, the senior from Centennial High School in Las Vegas doesn’t want to be compared to anyone. Brown wants his skills to do the talking. I can’t help but respect that. He is going to be a great one.
Additionally, Oregon recruit Brandon McCoy will also be playing in the game. McCoy is the No. 6 overall high school prospect in the country. He is currently undecided on his 2018 collegiate destination. Michigan State and the Ducks are both vying for the future NBA stud.
After fielding the No. 8 overall recruiting class for 2018, Oregon head coach Dana Altman has no more scholarships to offer. Instead, he must wait for word on the future draft status of Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey and Jordan Bell before he can offer McCoy a spot in Eugene.
Regardless of additions, right now Oregon is set for a bright future. The current success will buoy the future of the program. Alongside the No. 1 prospect from the state of Nevada in Brown, Oregon also locked up Abu Kigab from the elite Prolific Prep and Victor Bailey Jr. from Texas.
Even if Oregon’s stars were to leave prematurely, the reinforcements are ready to take the plunge. I will have a complete recap of Brown’s performance in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Alumni of the exhibition include Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, James Worthy, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O'Neal, Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose just to name a few. That is a mouthful of greatness.