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Brittany Brewer: 6’5, C, Texas Tech University
College Stats in 2019-20:
29 games, 31.5 MPG, 16.6 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.7 SPG, 4.4 BPG, 50.9 FG%, 24.3 3P%, 67.5 FT%
Where she’ll go:
Brewer is one of the few centers expected to be selected in the 2020 draft. I’d suspect she might be chosen by the Connecticut Sun — who don’t list a center on their roster — with the No. 23 overall pick, or she might fall to the third round to a rebuilding team such as the Atlanta Dream who hold the No. 25 and 27 picks.
Brewer may not be the most well-known name in the 2020 WNBA draft, but she certainly made a name for herself in college basketball this past season.
Brewer finished the year averaging 16.6 points (95th in the nation), 10.3 rebounds (25th) and an astounding 4.4 blocks (2nd). She’s the only player on our Draft Central site who wrapped up their career averaging a double-double while being a top-five leader in another statistical category.
Brewer shot above 50% from the field despite going 9-for-37 from 3-point range. Her 24.3% 3-point shooting is less than spectacular, but her willingness to shoot 3s her junior and senior seasons is a clear sign she’s preparing herself for the next level. Her shooting form isn’t the prettiest; the lefty tends to twist her entire body to the right while releasing an outside shot. But if she keeps working on her shot and is comfortable taking open 3s, we could see her utilized as a stretch five, which Sun coach Curt Miller uses interchangeably with his stretch fours.
Brewer’s agility and impressive vertical allowed her to average 3.7 offensive rebounds per game this season. She could use some improvement when it comes to converting offensive rebounds into buckets or trips to the free-throw line as she only averaged 2.8 FTs per game as a senior, but her 6’5 stature and natural instincts for the game should help her elite rebounding translate well to the pros. I would like to see her add some upper body strength, however.
The most intriguing aspect of Brewer’s game is by far her shot blocking abilities. Brewer isn’t the type of player who just goes up and gets lucky by swatting at everything without any discipline. While averaging 4.4 blocks per game, she committed less than three fouls per game on average. She’s a competent pick-and-roll defender and rarely gambles contesting shots in the perimeter or defending attacking guards.
Senior year is all about resume building for college athletes. Brewer certainly succeeded in promoting hers in her final season as a Lady Raider.