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Canes Hoops: All signs point to Bruce Brown being a breakout prospect for the ‘Canes

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Brown has the skills and opportunity to be a playmaker for Miami this season.

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Starting two-guard Bruce Brown returns to Miami for his Sophomore campaign with hopes to raise his draft stock and gain more confidence and experience.

The 6-foot-5 guard’s size and athleticism helped him average 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.5 steals per game as a freshman.

Brown hopes to continue bringing the heat this season with better scoring frequency from the field and beyond the arc.

A veteran from Vermont Academy in Saxton’s River, Vt. Brown is known as a combo-guard who is competitive, can attack the rim, and score from the three-point line effortlessly.

Brown also handles business against top competition.

The potential first-rounder’s scoring abilities heavily factored into Miami beating two top-10 schools, North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils, last season. Brown dropped 30 and 25 points respectively.

Brown plans to facilitate for his teammates using his court vision, ball handling, shooting touch, and playmaking ability. His diverse set of offensive skills will play a large role in his draft stock.

He cemented himself in Miami’s record book against South Carolina State dropping 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists on his way to a triple-double. He also holds the top spot for the ‘Canes as a freshman in scoring (391), field goals made (134), free throws made (90), free throws attempted (122), and minutes played (1,053).

Brown was recognized on two separate occasions during the 2016-17 season, Dec. 12, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017, as ACC Rookie of the Week for his savvy basketball and playmaking skills.

With so many athletes taking the one-and-done approach, Brown has recommitted himself to the Hurricanes. He hopes to have a breakout season to strengthen his case to NBA scouts and drive his draft stock.