People are a little schizophrenic when it comes to the question of Shannon Brown's position. Within ESPN's one page profile, you'll find this quote:
"No NBA scout that we've talked to believes he'll make the transition to the point in the pros."
Followed a few paragraphs later by this one from Scouts, Inc.
"An early entrant, Brown is one of the more underrated point guards available. He has great size, strength and length at the point guard position. At Michigan State, he played mostly shooting guard due to coach Tom Izzo's personnel, but most of this kid's success has come with the ball in his hands."
David Thorpe tells TrueHoop, in this MP3, that he sees good things from Brown.
His draft stock rose dramatically with a cracker jack workout in Chicago on May 18. If that convinced GMs that he's ready to take over the point, then his size--6-3--becomes an asset. If not, he's certainly small and in need of a better shooting touch as a shooting guard.
An interesting article about Shannon Brown's decision to go professional. A lot of the experts quoted seem to be discouraging. Dave Dye reports for the Detroit News:
Nearly a decade ago, the NBA formed an undergraduate advisory committee, which includes general managers, to aid players who are considering leaving early.
The committee tries to err on the side of caution when advising players on their potential draft stock, but it's often difficult to differentiate between the borderline first-round picks.
After the individual tryouts begin, players must try to decipher between fact and fiction with what NBA officials are telling them.
Many teams have numerous scouts with differing opinions.
"Even if I have my father as the GM, is he going to tell you everything?" Izzo said. "Those guys (NBA officials) have been great, but they're not going to give away who they really want to draft and who they don't. It just doesn't work that way.
"I don't care how good of friends you are, when you're talking millions of dollars in a first-round pick, they're not going to share everything.
"It puts so much pressure on these guys (underclassmen). Shannon feels very good about what's gone on, but if you went and interviewed (Illinois') Dee Brown and the guy from Kentucky (Rajon Rondo) and the guy from Texas (Daniel Gibson), they're going to feel very good about what's gone on, too. You hear a lot of (NBA) people saying they like a lot of (players)."
Pistons president Joe Dumars said he generally discourages early entry for young players.
"I think it's much better for the players, their college teams and the prospective NBA teams for the kids to stay in school for as long as they can," Dumars said. "When I see the early-entry list, I usually think that there are far too many kids chasing a bad dream.
"I'm not sure what new rules should be put in place regarding this issue, but I do know that no matter what happens, these kids and the people around them need to make better decisions."
Shannon Brown has been trained by Michael Jordan's trainer, Tim Grover of A.T.T.A.C.K. Athletics. Grover on Brown, as quoted by Chad Ford:
"He could be the best athlete in the draft. He has enormous hands. He has great elevation on his jump shot. He can get to the basket at any time. He has a pro body and really knows how to create space. His jump shot has improved and his ball handling has gotten much better. He has the ability to bring the ball up under pressure."
Jonathan Givony watched Shannon Brown more than a year ago, in a game against Duke, and was shocked at that he saw:
What I didn't know was how active of a defender he is, that's something that Izzo deserves a lot of credit for, I imagine. You can really see that he HAS to play great defense in order to stay on the floor, and he takes pride in that as well.
That brings us to the problem (that I've noticed with a lot of Spartan players). He's looks like he's being locked inside a box, afraid to make mistakes, and as a result, he's not really getting the chance to show the type of things that he can do. He's got a pretty nice handle already, decent court vision, he's not selfish, he still needs to become a much better shooter for sure, but the transition to Point Guard doesn't seem to be all that far off for him as far as I can see.
He's one of those guys that really would benefit from being on a team where he can play the point full time, make mistakes (gasp!) and learn from them, and in turn develop into a much better player.