Troy Brown Jr. & the Las Vegas Prospects entered 2015 as the youngest team in NIKE EYBL history. Eager to test himself against the best, Brown and his teammates flourished, finishing their debut run on the circuit with an 11-6 regular season record and a trip to Peach Jam.
On Saturday, Brown will start his second season in the EYBL, and the 6-foot-6 combo guard sounds ready to build off last season's strong performances. We caught up with the Vegas star, addressing a variety of topics before he heads to Brooklyn for Session 1.
Alec Kinsky: First of all, how did your junior year go?
Troy Brown Jr.: My junior year went pretty good, ended up losing to Bishop Gorman in the championship game.
AK: As an elite player, high school play has to be unique for you, especially with constant defensive pressure. For you, what would you say is the biggest difference between high school and EYBL?
Brown Jr: It’s kind of a funny situation, because in high school basketball, teams focus more on just one player and containing that one player. But during EYBL, it’s more of a team effort of constant pressure from everybody on the court.
AK: Do you prefer a specific style?
Brown Jr: It really doesn’t bother me either way.
AK: What’s the biggest adjustment you have to make from high school to EYBL?
Brown Jr: For me, because I live in (Las) Vegas, I would probably say the competitiveness and the height difference of the teams.
AK: You fellas have a lot of vets coming back from last year’s squad. Does your game rise to another level playing alongside Markus (Howard), Charles (O’Bannon) and company?
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Brown Jr: Yeah, of course it does. Playing with those high-level players just makes you want to compete even more, knowing that you have players that have a high IQ and want to win just as badly as you do.
AK: What’s the goal this year? Embracing the target on your back?
Brown Jr: The goal is to always win Peach Jam. And I embrace the competition and definitely respect that fact that we are ranked so high.
AK: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever played against?
Brown Jr: De’Aaron Fox. Explosive, quick, athletic. And he’s able to shoot it, so it spreads out the floor.
AK: What do you do best on the court right now?
Brown Jr: My passing ability and ball-handling.
AK: How’s recruitment going? Getting annoying yet?
Brown Jr: It’s cool, and yeah, it gets to be pretty annoying, but not really stressful.
AK: What’s the one thing you NEED at the next level?
Brown Jr: I would say playing with the right teammates.
AK: If you could steal one talent from another player, what would it be?
Brown Jr: Markus Howard’s shooting ability.
AK: What will ultimately make basketball a success for you?
Brown Jr: Basketball will be a success for me when I make my decision on a college. Because me knowing that my parents won’t have to pay a dime for my college education will ultimately make me happy and I define my happiness as my success in life.
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