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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Providence SG Marshon Brooks

WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics [1] to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

Marshon Brooks

Position: Shooting Guard

Team: Providence

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 195 pounds

Stats: 24.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 apg

What he brings: Any comparison to Kobe Bryant [2] — good or bad — will grab the attention of scouts from every NBA team. And the wiry Brooks has been linked [3] to both sides of Bryant.

An elite scorer who can create his own shot, as evidenced by his 24.6 points per game (second only to BYU’s Jimmer Fredette [4] in the country), the Atlanta native also attempted 17.8 shots a game. Not only has Brooks’ shot selection been questioned [5], but he’s also been equated to a black hole for the basketball (98 turnovers vs. 80 assists).

Still, his production and efficiency (48.3 FG%, 34.0 3PT FG%, 77.2 FT%) as a senior are undeniable, and the struggling Friars (15-17) required Brooks to shoot in order to contend in the Big East. Just take a look at the box score [6] from Providence’s 94-93 loss to Notre Dame [7]. He scored 52 points on 20-of-28 shooting.

Defensively, Brooks hasn’t played much man-to-man in the Providence system, but his ridiculous 7-foot-1 wingspan along with his per-game rebounding (7.0), steals (1.5) and blocks (1.2) numbers from the two-guard position offer evidence of his potential on that end.

Brooks prefers comparisons to Jamal Crawford [8] over Bryant, and that’s probably a better best-case scenario for him. Considering the Celtics are expected to be among the rumored destinations for the Hawks free agent [9] and 2010 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Brooks offers a cheaper alternative if the Celtics decide to go that route.

Where the Celtics could get him: First or second round.

What they’re saying: ‘€œI was very, very surprised. He’€™s an untamed talent. His size and ability to make shots will get him drafted. He’€™s crafty in his ability to create space for his game and with the right team he can help somebody in the league.’€ Attack Athletics (Chicago) trainer Mike Procopio [10], a transplanted Boston native whose current and former clients included Kobe BryantDwyane Wade [11]Paul Pierce [12] and Kevin Durant [13] among others

Notes: I’m always skeptical of guys in any sport whose stock rises — nay, soars — at draft combines, and Brooks certainly falls into that category, climbing all the way to No. 19 on ESPN’s latest Top 100 Draft Prospects [14] chart. … I’m also wary of 22-year-old guys who blossomed late in college (14.2 points per game as a junior), and then never returned to school [15] after Spring Break of his senior year despite needing only two classes to graduate. … Just think of the nickname possibility if the Celtics do draft Brooks: The Green Marshon!