Brown, Yonel

Yonel Brown | #4 | 5’9” | 160 | Freshman | Point Guard | Berkmar HS | Lilburn GA

To see Brown’s official KSU profile click here

About

Yonel Brown is a 5’9″ 160 pound point guard from Berkmar High School in Lilburn GA.

Brown committed early to Kennesaw State in August of last year and turned down offers from American, Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb to play for Head Coach Lewis Preston at Kennesaw State. Brown told Ben Beitzel of the Gwinnett Daily Post: “I wanted to go to a place where I was the foundation of the program. My class will be the foundation of their program. The coaches know what it takes to win championships so I want to be under their wings.”

Berkmar Head Coach Greg Phillips’ says that Brown pushes everybody to get better. Younger players workout harder because of him, teammates and peers focus more in study hall because of him and players listen to him on the court.

Phillips also said that Brown was the strongest player on the 2011-12 Berkmar basketball team.

Coach Preston on Brown: “Yonel Brown is the quintessential point guard, in the fact that he is a pass first, pass second, shoot third point guard. He’s an underrated shooter, and his best basketball is definitely ahead of him. We are looking forward to seeing him have an extremely successful senior season at Berkmar High School.”

Here is what ESPN has to say about Brown

Yonel is a compact PG who has the ball on a string. Whether in transition or the half court no one could keep this guy in front of them. He got into the paint at will dropping dimes off to teammates for easy baskets. He has a great knack for being able to score over taller defenders, or getting his body on defenders to finish for the and-one. Yonel showed great leadership qualities from his position which will make him a valued commodity at the next level.

Here are Brown’s recruiting profiles

Rivals
ESPN

Looking Back

In his first year playing Varsity as a sophomore he averaged 14.7 points per game. He averaged 16.4 points per game as a junior, which was fifth best in Gwinnett County. As a senior he averaged 13 points, three assists, 1.7 steals, and shot 32.7% from three.

Looking Ahead

Brown is going to be a starter from day one, play big minutes and will be a top contributor as a freshman.

Our Take

Although Brown is only 5’9″ he is a very strong and stout 160 pounds. He has elite handles for a college point guard and is lightning quick which is a lethal combination to defenders. He has an excellent feel for the game, has solid fundamentals, knows how to play the point guard position and will always keep his team under control. His ability to drive on anybody will create easy baskets for his teammates.

He needs to touch up his three point shooting, but that is no concern with how hard he works. There are really no glaring weaknesses other than his height, which likely prevented him from going to a high-major school.

Here’s what ESPN says,

Strengths: Yonel is a compact PG who has the ball on a string. Whether in transition or the half court no one could keep this guy in front of them. He got into the paint at will dropping dimes off to teammates for easy baskets. He has a great knack for being able to score over taller defenders, or getting his body on defenders to finish for the and-one.

Weaknesses: His size will hold him back from garnering top mid-major offers.

Bottom Line: Yonel showed great leadership qualities from his position which will make him a valued commodity at the next level.

Bottom Line

Brown is a natural leader and the kind of player any coach would want on his or her team. I expect him to quickly earn the trust of his veteran teammates and have KSU fans forgetting Spencer Dixon‘s name after the first two weeks of the season. Look for Brown to be in hot pursuit of the Freshman of the Year Award because he has the talent for it and will get the chance to prove it right away. We highly recommend watching the excellent highlight video embedded below from YouTube user “atlantanycbasketball”

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