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Recruiting: Incoming Minnesota Freshman Dupree McBrayer Has Plenty of Potential

A late bloomer, Dupree McBrayer will add another dimension to Coach Richard Pitino's backcourt. How will he contribute in 2015?

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Coach Richard Pitino's loaded the top of his 2015 recruiting class with guards.

In addition to Jarvis Johnson (not medically cleared to play this year) and Kevin Dorsey, Dupree McBrayer (Sunrise Christian Academy - Jamaica, New York) is on the way to fill out the back court.  (Earlier, we covered Dorsey, a 6'0" guard from Maryland.)

McBrayer, a three-star recruit, is a late bloomer, according to ESPN.  At 6'3" and 180 pounds (and a lefty), he's lanky and will need to grow into his frame.  He's a smooth athlete, who can really handle the ball, and compared to the other guards in this class (Johnson and Dorsey), McBrayer has the most prolific jumper.

Big Ten physicality will be an adjustment.  Playing against bigger, physical guards will be a regular occurrence, and may neutralize the most improved part of his game.

Over the last year, McBrayer's become a crafty driver.  Not only to find his own shot, more recently, he's used it to make teammates better.  To hang against bigger guards, he'll need to "play through contact" more effectively.  While he's grown in that area, he'll need to develop his right hand a bit more too.  (Perhaps he can, but he prefers to attack with his left.)  His length does help him around the basketball because he can use his long arms to extend and shield the ball from defenders.

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His jumper will be an asset at the next level.  He has a little lean back in it, which will help him get it off against taller defenders and if people are crowding his space.  He can even shoot off the bounce, which means when he attacks he's a threat to shoot, take it to the rim or create for teammates.

One flaw, if it can be seen as a flaw at this point, would be his dominant left hand.  Defenders at the next level will play him to that side and force a right hand drive.  Not that he can't do it, he just hasn't shown it much yet.  To complete his game, that'll be an area that needs focus and improvement.

Defensively, he'll need to make that end more of a priority, according to ESPN.  His length should be an asset.  He'll be able to close out on quicker defenders by using his long arms, and that'll prevent more explosive perimeter players from driving by him.  But, from scouting reports, it sounds like more effort and focus will have to be devoted to become a good college defender.

Unlike Dorsey, McBrayer's not an explosive athlete; he's smoother and more fluid.  McBrayer is a better shooter, though.  The two would be a good complement in Pitino's backcourt.  It's unclear if McBrayer's size will prevent him from seeing the floor right away as a freshman, at least in a significant way.  But, his game has a certain polish.

Pitino has a couple intriguing recruits joining the backcourt next season.  Johnson's situation notwithstanding, Dorsey and McBrayer have noticeable potential.  They have some development to do, each in different ways, but on paper, they seem to complement each other.  If Pitino can continue their growth and development, he should have two important, future contributors.