In the lead-up to the NBA Draft on June 21, BSN Denver is taking an in-depth look at prospects the Nuggets might target in the first round. Each draft profile will be accompanied by a podcast available on BSNDenver.com and wherever you normally download your podcasts from. To submit questions for the podcast, reply in the comments section at the bottom of this story.

BSN Nuggets Podcast: Zhaire Smith and Troy Brown with Brian Schroeder

THE BASICS

Troy Brown — Forward — Oregon

NBA Role: Secondary playmaker

Player Comparison: Evan Turner without the mid-range game

NBA teams put Troy Brown and dozens of other prospects through the wringer last month at the Draft Combine in Chicago. The tests included the usual running and jumping exercises. Brown also met one on one with a handful of teams so they could do their best to delve into his psyche. Apparently in 2018, the wringer includes virtual reality.

“You have the goggles on, and you’re playing out of the pick and roll,” Brown told ESPN about his experience with a VR headset on. “You have to pick which decision to make on the fly.”

Brown retold the story matter of factly. It didn’t seem strange to him that a team would ask him to choose between the pocket pass and a pull-up jumper in a virtual world. Perhaps Brown’s comfort level with the technology was related to his age. Brown doesn’t turn 19 until July. He’s a teenager who’s come of age during the NBA’s pace-and space-era and the NHL’s expansion into his hometown.

“It just brings life to the city,” Brown said of the Golden Knights, who advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season. “I’m born and raised in Las Vegas. Just having something to build a culture around is huge. We’ve never had an NBA team. We’re trying to get a football team. We just got the Aces. The city is really starting to pick up. It’s exciting for me. I’m loving it right now.”

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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.

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