2013-14 Profile: Yonel Brown
About: 5 foot 8 168 pound point guard Yonel Brown (Berkmar HS/Worldwide Renegades) will be a sophomore at KSU this coming year. He played in all 30 games last season starting the first 8 and averaged 23.8 minutes per contest.
Past: Brown came into last season as the first member of Coach Lewis Preston’s first full class of recruits as a head coach. The expectations were extremely high after he recorded 16 points and 6 assists in an exhibition against Piedmont. He scored 10 points the following game in the season opener vs. Tennessee and then never touched double-digits again for the entire year.
A few things appeared to go wrong last season for Brown. The most important thing might have been that expectations were just too high, which may have put unnecessary pressure on him to perform. Brown’s uncles Norman Richardson and Derrick Brown were both very successful players in college (Richardson played in the NBA) and still are a big part of Brown’s life. Yonel’s father Darrel also coaches basketball. If you went to any KSU home game last season, you would find a very vocal contingent of Brown supporters in attendance.
Another downfall was that Brown’s size proved to be a major disadvantage for him in his transition to the college game. It’s hard enough for most freshmen to adjust to the speed and physicality of Division I basketball, and it doesn’t help when you’re undersized and thrust into the ‘quarterback’ role that the point guard position requires.
His confidence waned a bit, and he wanted no part of taking it to the basket. Unfortunately, he lost confidence in his shot as well, being hesitant to shoot the open three or long two on many occasions. He also showed to be a bit uncomfortable when being put under heavy ball pressure.
Future: Brown is a hardworking kid with leadership qualities who will definitely put last year behind him, figure out what worked and what didn’t and do his best to become a better player. He wasn’t ready in 2012-13, but because of the situation the team was in, he had no choice but to step in and play big minutes. He has made off-season improvements on his game and has added additional athleticism. This year he will get another shot at the point guard position; however, it will be much more crowded with the addition of Charlie Byers, a healthy Myles Hamilton and proven combo guard Delbert Love.