2018 Season in Review: Bryce BrownApril 16, 2018
Welcome to the first installment of the Auburn Basketball 2018 Season in Review.
In this series we will break down the past season for individual players, particularly the ones that are coming back or still have eligibility if they choose to return to Auburn.
We start off with Bryce Brown, who had a fantastic junior season for the Tigers.
He averaged 15.9 points, 2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. As you can see, he was predominately a scorer out of that electrifying Auburn backcourt.
His highest scoring game was on opening night when he scored 31 against Norfolk State. Brown’s best Southeastern Conference game came against South Carolina, pouring in 29 points on 8 of 12 shooting from behind the arc in a game that clinched a share of the regular season conference championship.
Brown’s scoring averages have been up-and-down throughout his Auburn career, averaging 10 points as a freshman before dropping to 7.5 points per game in his sophomore season.
I don’t know about Brown’s future, but we do know he worked hard every year to become the player he wanted to be, as this season he was right at 16 ppg.
Just as these highlights show, Brown was not only a terrific shooter, but his tenacity and great defense really helped propel Auburn to a magical season.
If Bryce Brown returns for his senior season, this will tremendously help Auburn space the floor on the offensive end.
The rising senior, who shot 38% from three this past season, will likely be expected to increase his load after Mustapha Heron announced he’ll forego his college eligibility and hire an agent.
The way Bryce elevated Auburn’s game this past season and the way he gets after it on defense, Bruce Pearl would certainly love him back on the plains.
Bryce did enter his name into the draft, but did not hire an agent, meaning after the process and combines are done, he could return to school for his senior season.
Auburn means a lot to Bryce and obviously Bryce means a lot to Auburn. Combine that with the fact that most every NBA mock draft doesn’t project him in either of the two rounds and you have a scenario that paints a picture of Brown’s likely return for his senior season.
Keep in mind that a lot of stars in college basketball go undrafted and have to work their way up through the G-League or make their mark overseas. However, the NBA draft evaluation process will allow Bryce to receive a true prognostication of his future from a scout’s point of view, which will only help him pinpoint the areas of his game that needs most improvement if he wants to fulfill his dream of one day playing in the NBA.
It is going to be a tough journey either way, but we would sure love him back on the plains for one more season. Don’t worry though, Bryce Brown will make the best decision for him and his family.
And no matter his decision, Brown will always be remembered by the Auburn family as a tenacious player who helped propel the 2017-2018 Auburn basketball team to one of the most memorable seasons in the history of the program.