BYU basketball: Getting to know Kajon Brown

Dave Rose and the BYU basketball team rounded out their 2017 recruiting class as they have added junior college transfer, Kajon Brown.

 

Brown is an explosive 6-5 guard who is a great finisher in transition. He doesn’t have any problem finishing in traffic either thanks to his tremendous bounce. While his outside shooting numbers didn’t show it last season, he also has a nice stroke from beyond the arc.

He prepped at Helen Cox High School in Louisiana where he earned All-District honors as a junior and senior. After leaving the high school ranks, he started his college career at Tulsa in 2015, but rarely saw the floor. He made six appearances as a freshman where he went scoreless while taking just one shot in a combined 16 minutes.

Brown moved on to Lee College for his sophomore campaign where he had a lot more opportunities to hone his skills in game action. He played in 31 games at Lee, including 22 starts for a team that finished 21-11 overall and landed in second place in the Region XIV South division with a 13-6 record.

In those 31 games, he averaged 8.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 34.9 percent from 3-point range and 72.2 percent from the foul line. He added 3.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and nearly a steal a game.

While he did have an up-and-down season shooting the ball, he did score in double figures 11 times, including a pair of 20+ point outbursts as a starter. The first of those efforts came in a 123-49 win over Houston C.C. when he went off for 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field, including 2-for-5 from 3-point range and 7-for-7 at the free-throw line.

Brown followed that up about a month later with his best offensive output of the season in a 111-76 win over Baton Rouge Community College. In the 35-point win, he totaled a game-high 28 points on 9 of 11 shooting from the floor, including a blistering 5 of 7 from  beyond the arc and 5 of 6 from the foul line. He added a pair of assists and a rebound in 27 minutes.

Along with his big scoring nights, he also showed a knack of hitting the offensive glass as he had 13 games with at least two offensive boards, including five games with three or more.

While he will have to compete for minutes in Provo, he is a nice addition to the Cougars who should be able to provide even more depth to an already loaded backcourt.

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