Washington Wizards first-round draft pick Troy Brown Jr. is as mild-mannered as it comes.
The 19-year-old did and said all the right things Monday at his first NBA media day inside the brand new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights.
He made his way through a jam-packed media day with a certain charisma, swagger and composure as if he'd been doing it for years.
The Las Vegas, Nev. native, who left the University of Oregon basketball program after a year, was drafted No. 15 overall by the Wizards in June.
Brown Jr. was candid as far as what these last few months have been like for him personally.
"It was overwhelming at one point but then I kind of brushed over it quick and knew I had more work to do."
The rookie joins a team that underperformed a season ago finishing with a record of 43-39 and fell to the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in the First Round of the playoffs. But this year's squad has a new supporting cast.
Dwight Howard, Austin Rivers and Jeff Green each bring something different to the Wizards. Elite rim protecting, rebounding, second-unit scoring, defending and most importantly...the depth this team so desperately needs.
Brown Jr. was no stranger to last year's results and clearly did his homework.
"I feel like guys are a little more locked in [this year] and everybody is just here with one goal. I feel like this season should go pretty well."
Summer League proved just how 'locked in' Brown Jr. himself seems to be. In three of the five games from Vegas, the versatile forward notched 20 points or more including one double-double.
He understands he's competing for minutes on a team that is already stacked offensively.
"I've always had to kind of pick my role depending on whether it's USA basketball or if I was playing up when I was younger, so I kind of knew what to do in those aspects and that's where my versatility comes in for me personally," said Brown Jr. "For me, whatever I can do to get on that court and show that we're a 50-win team will personally make me feel good."
His versatility was on full display in the fifth and final Summer League contest where he lit up the box score notching 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting with six rebounds and three steals.
When the five-time 'Wall-Star' and team floor general sings your praises at media day, you have to feel good heading into your rookie season.
Brown Jr. and the Wizards open preseason play Oct. 1 against the Knicks at 7 p.m.
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