I need to go to class but according to the website Halifax signed SirValiant Brown to play in the back court. Things just got absurd. He was a legit D1 star who was second in the nation in scoring during his freshmen year where he put up 24.6 ppg for George Washington. Had he not tried to come out of college 2 years early he would probably have had an NBA career. This is absurd. His brother, SirLancelot, will not be joining the team. No seriously – his brother’s name is SirLancelot and he won’t be playing for the Rainmen. That’s not a joke.
I am all in shock right now, but I’ll write some shit after class.
edit: Post class thoughts (slightly more coherent) after the jump.SirValiant Brown is an interesting character, and not just because of his name.
He played at George Washington University where he came in as a hyped in some circles, but not well known recruit. In his freshmen year at the Mid-Major he was involved in a chase for the D1 scoring title when he put up 24.6 ppg and gained some renown. He did this while hitting a third of his shots and making up for it in volume. In his second year his ppg average fell to 17 ppg and he declared early for the NBA draft – some speculated that he would not have been academically eligible the following year, anyway. During his magical freshmen season his coach commented that “There is not a shot Val Brown can’t make”… but he didn’t make the NBA. (or 66% of his shots)
He played in the initial year of the D-League for the Roanoke franchise that was as doomed as the original settlement. He bounced around the BSN, South American leagues and lower level European minors. Last year he signed with the Butte Daredevils in the CBA where he was cut December 17 – but not before serving a two game suspension for being involved in an on court brawl. So Vermont better watch out – if they pull any of their crap this year Sanders has got back up.
I don’t know what to think of this – he was a supremely talented scorer seven years ago who has struggled to even stay in the minor leagues. He definately has the skills, and he provides a big, and cool, name for the Rainmen but how well he performs is really a dice throw. He could perform great and help the team win the PBL championship, or he could come off the bench and then leave the team. His college performance was very reliant on his speed and his coach giving him permission to chuck it up. Eight years later and on a team where shots will be a premium who knows how he’ll do.
I definitely think it’s worth the risk, and it’s an exciting signing that was totally surprising but both Brown and Murray are guys who are extremely talented scorers who have had their careers derailed by other problems. On the one hand you can say that the odds are that the team will get a good season out of one of them. On the other hand, you can say that having two guys with bonafide proven problems as well as three guys with potential problems (Sanders addiction to rage-ahol, McGriff’s rumoured relationship problems/academic issues, and McNeal’s acaedmic issues) on the same team is tempting fate. But the reality is that you don’t get guys who scored 24.6 ppg at the NCAA D1 level unless they have baggage.
For now all we can do is watch his highlight videos and wonder if he’ll pan out .