Lexie Brown – Draft Profile
By Matt Hallett
Lexie Brown is a 5’9” guard from Duke. Brown was named to the Associated Press Third-Team All-America. She was the first player to be named to this team from two separate schools in NCAA history.
Brown set a Duke and ACC record with 56 straight free throws this season. However, Brown was not just about the line. Brown averaged 20.3 points, 4.6 rebounds 4.4 assists and 3.6 steals per game.
In true terms, Brown turned defense into offense. Her defensive instincts had her seventh in the entire of Division I in steals. This turned into transition offense. Brown usually made the right call to attack the hoop or pass it off. These skills are going to be invaluable at the next level.
Her 20.3 points per game had her 29th in Division I. Only Arike Ogunbowale, owner of the biggest 3-point shot in the NCAA this season had a better scoring average on the Atlantic Coast.
Brown has a true capacity to run a team. She led the Duke Blue Devils to the Sweet 16 where they lost to the University of Connecticut. Brown only scored ten points but had seven steals, just one short of the entire UConn team.
Brown is going to go in the middle of the first round. She is not considered one of the top four prospects in the draft so she will give the Seattle Storm something to contemplate. The Storm have been poor defensively at the guard spot, they are too small. Brown’s 5’9” does not fix that but she could be a perfect replacement for Sue Bird.
Jordin Canada is the other possibility to be taken by the Storm and it will be a question of who has the higher ceiling when Bird retires. There are some questions about Brown’s motor and work ethic.
If taken by the Dallas Wings she will be part of the guard rotation which includes Skylar Diggins-Smith, Allisha Gray and Aerial Powers. Dallas last season were killed in the pick and roll. Brown will use her natural instincts to fight over the screen or go under the screen, whatever is best for the situation. With the addition of Liz Cambage, this issue should be helped.