|Brandt the Redeemer.|Angus Brandt
, Oregon State, Senior, 6'10 246lbs2013/14 stats:
25.4 mpg, 12.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 1.5 apg, 0.4 spg, 3.1 fpg, 1.5 TOpg, 52.1% FG, 76.1% FT, 36.7% 3PT
Brandt is one of the worst rebounding centres you will find, and it is never good when the most noteworthy thing about someone is a negative. It is something perhaps enhanced by playing alongside a good rebounder in Devon Collier and a very good one in Eric Moreland, yet Brandt's statline is pretty much what you'd hope to see in an athletic three-and-D wing role player. And he is the opposite of that.
Physically, he is definitely the opposite of that. Slow footed, not a leaper, not all that long and not all that athletic, Brandt is big enough for his position and moves well enough to be able to fit into his role as a face-up scorer, yet only slightly. Rather than any physical attributes, he is instead known for his skill level, particularly offensively.
Known for his hook shots with either hand, patented moves around which his game is based, Brandt also has a decent jumpshot he probably underutilises, and three point range he definitely underutilises. An efficient and versatile scorer who should look for his shot more, Brandt scores in a variety of ways, be it when fed in the post, when driving off of the pick and roll, when playing out of the pick and pop, when spotting up, or when moving off the ball to find a seam in the defense. He is also a fine passer, both out of the double team and when facing up the defense, hitting cutters and being much more capable than most big men at passing on the move. The offense is far from perfect - the lack of athleticism inhibits him and makes it difficult for him to create separation, something that hinders him more the higher the standard he plays at. Not especially strong, Brandy rather avoids contact and the foul line, a finesse player who has to score efficiently from the field to be efficient, given his lack of foul shots and reluctance to take as many threes as he ought. And the passiveness he sometimes play with offensively is further frustrating. But in being so skilled, versatile, consistent and ambidextrous, Brandt is a constant halfcourt weapon.
On the defensive end, however, the news is less pretty. With almost as many fouls as rebounds, Brandt is easily categorised as a soft defender, one who would rather slap at the man and/or the ball rather than move his feet or body up his man. Not tough, sprightly or long, Brandt does not compete enough on the glass, competes even less so on the perimeter he quite obviously does not wish to defend, and generally struggles at winning any possessions for his team. Compounded by the fouling, Brandt is a difficult player to hide defensively. His most redeemable defensive trait is the flop, which is probably not a good thing.
This, then, is why Brandt needs to shoot more. He has to, to offset his defensive liabilities. He is sufficiently skilled of an offensive player to do so, but less is not more.