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HEADER JON BROCKMAN Power Forward University of Washington Huskies #40 6:07.0-259 Snohomish, Washington Snohomish High School
OVERVIEW It's hard to believe that as good as Husky forward Jon Brockman has been on the basketball court, he still led a rather obscure life on the national radar, especially when you consider the tremendous success he had as a rebounder. He became just the third player in Pac-10 Conference history to lead the league in rebounds three times, joining Hall of Fame standouts Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton of UCLA. He is the first Husky ever and fourth in conference history to surpass 1,800 career points and 1,200 rebounds.
While Brockman has managed to fill up the stat sheets with rebounds and points (his 1,805 points rank second in school annals), it is in several categories that are not measured in box scores that truly make him a special player. If heart, hustle, bumps and bruises were recorded, he would most likely lead the nation in those categories.
The best way to sum up Brockman's style of play is to say that it's like watching the passionate, determined underdog trying to make the team each day. No matter the score, no matter the opponent, you can always expect to see Brockman give 100 percent effort on the court. These are the traits that make him the kind of player every coach wishes they could have on their team.
Add in the fact that Brockman is likely to pour in a double-double performance on any given night and his importance is magnified tenfold. The school's record-holder with 1,283 rebounds (fourth in Pac-10 annals) was a model of consistency for the Huskies. In 131 games, the first player in UW annals to lead the team in rebounding four times scored in double figures 98 times and had at least 10 rebounds in 67 contests. The three-time team MVP also totaled 61 double-double efforts (most among NCAA Division I active players) while also making 53.4 percent of his shots from the field (ninth-best in school history).
"Jon's relentless work ethic and his leadership may be his top strengths," said Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. "He is, obviously, a great rebounder. But, his character and work ethic is what drives him to be a great player. He really earns the respect of those around him."
At Snohomish High School, Brockman was rated the best prospect in the Best of the West poll compiled by The Long Beach Press-Telegram (previous top picks were Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce, and Richard Jefferson). He was listed 15th overall nationally and fourth among power forwards byTheInsiders.com and rated the fifth-best power forward by Future Stars. The Basketball News ranked him as the 19th-best overall prospect in the nation and was the top-ranked forward in the West, according to Scout.com.
Brockman lettered four times in basketball, twice playing alongside his brother, Paul. He averaged 30.2 points and 14.0 rebounds as a senior after posting junior totals of 22.4 points, 13.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocked shots and 2.0 steals. The 2004 All-State and All-League selection received high honorable mention All-American accolades in Street & Smith's magazine.
Brockman enrolled at the University of Washington in 2005-06, deciding to attend the school after strongly considering a scholarship offer from Duke. He was named MVP of the BCA Classic and earned a berth on the Pac-10 Conference's All-Freshman team, as he started 32 of 33 games, leading the team with an average of 6.5 rebounds per game. He shot 51.8 percent from the field and totaled 278 points (8.4 ppg).
As a sophomore, Brockman was named team captain, earning All-Pac 10 honors in addition to being selected the squad's MVP. He led the league and ranked 16th nationally in rebounds, averaging 9.6 boards per game. He handed out 35 assists, averaged 14.2 points and made 55 percent of his field goal attempts.
In 2007-08, Brockman was a three-time league Player of the Week choice, adding first-team All-District and second-team All-Pac 10 accolades. He finished third in the nation while again leading the conference with an average of 11.6 rebounds per game, the ninth-best season total in school annals. He also averaged a career-high 17.8 points, making 53.6 percent of his field-goal attempts while coming up with 35 assists.
Brockman was the 2009 winner of the Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award (honors a Division I graduating senior men's player for demonstrating outstanding character, leadership and talent). The All-Pac 10 and All-District first-team choice totaled 506 points (14.9 ppg), hitting on 52.6 percent of his field goals. He led the league and placed seventh in the nation with an average of 11.5 rebounds per game, as his 391 boards set the school single-season record.
2008-09 SEASON All-American honorable mention and All-Defensive third-team choice by The NBA Draft Report, as he also earned honorable mention from the Associated Press and third-team accolades from FoxSports.com...All-Pac 10 Conference first-team pick, adding All-District first-team honors from the NABC, USBWA and Basketball Times...Recipient of the Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award, given to the nation's top player who demonstrates outstanding character, leadership and talent...Earned the team's Harshman Award for the fourth time as the top rebounder...Also named the team MVP and was the winner of the team's community service award for the third straight year...Named the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year at the newspaper's 74th annual banquet, beating out finalists Tim Lincecum (a former Husky and the 2008 NL Cy Young Award winner), USC All-America safety (and Seattle native) Taylor Mays and nine-time all-pro offensive tackle Walter Jones of the Seattle Seahawks...Selected a Pac-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winner. The Conference Medals are awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership...Listed by ESPN.com's Jay Bilas as the nation's top rebounder...Was the league's top rebounder (school single-season record 391 boards), as his average of 11.5 per game ranked seventh in the nation and tied for tenth on the school's single-season record list (for average)...Registered six 18-rebound games and had at least 10 rebounds in 23 of 34 games he played in, missing the Portland State clash with a right ankle sprain...Scored 506 points (14.9 ppg), as he connected on 190 of 361 field goals (52.6 percent, missing his only three-point try) and 126 of 197 free throws (64.0 percent)...Scored in double figures 27 times and registered 18 double-double performances...Handed out 39 assists (1.1 apg) to go with 31 steals (0.9 spg) and three blocked shots...Charged with 65 turnovers and 102 personal fouls that included two game disqualifications.
2007-08 SEASON Second-team All-Pac 10 Conference pick, adding first-team All-District honors from the NABC, USBWA and Basketball Times...All-Pac 10 Defensive Team honorable mention...Selected Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 21, Dec. 24, Nov. 19), CollegeHoops.net Player of the Week (Nov. 18) and Rivals.com Player of the Week (Nov. 19)...Collected five awards at the team banquet, including the KJR Radio Most Valuable Player trophy, the Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award, the Wurster Award (top hustler), Most Improved Player Award and the Harshman Trophy (top rebounder)...Led the league and ranked third in the nation with 11.6 rebounds per game (ninth-best season average in school history), totaling 370 boards (fourth on the UW annual record chart)...Started 31 of 32 games, scoring 568 points (tied for seventh on the school single-season record list) for an average of 17.8 points per game, as he made 53.6 percent of his field goals (237 of 442) and 51.9 percent of his free throws (94 of 181)...Scored in double figures in all 32 games, leading the league with 24 double-double performances...Handed out 35 assists (1.1 apg) with 21 steals (0.7 spg) and eight blocked shots...Charged with 76 turnovers, 94 personal fouls and two game disqualifications.
2006-07 SEASON All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection...Earned KJR Radio Most Valuable Player, Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award, Wurster Award (top hustler), Most Improved Player and Harshman Trophy (top rebounder) team accolades...Chosen Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 12) and Basketball Travelers Classic all-tournament team (Nov. 12-14) honors...Started all 32 games, leading the league and ranking 16th nationally with an average of 9.6 rebounds per game (307 total)...Scored 453 points (14.2 ppg), as he finished third in the league in field-goal percentage (55.0 percent on 175 of 318 attempts)...Shot 66.0 percent from the foul line (103 of 156)...Collected 35 assists (1.1 apg), 24 steals (0.8 spg) and four blocked shots...Had 84 turnovers, 90 personal fouls and two game disqualifications...Scored in double figures 26 times, as he had at least 10 rebounds in 18 contests and produced 15 double-double performances.
2005-06 SEASON Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team choice...Started 31 of 32 games, as he had one of the most productive freshman campaigns in school history...Amassed 215 rebounds, the second-highest total by a UW freshman behind only the record of 234 set by Mark Pope in 1992...Listed seventh among all-time UW freshmen with 278 points, second in steals with 35 and sixth in minutes played with 794...Helped the Huskies to a 26-7 record and their second straight Sweet 16 berth...Posted 24 assists (0.7 apg), 35 steals (1.1 spg) and three blocked shots...Scored in double figures 13 times and came up with at least 10 rebounds in six contests, delivering four double-double performances.
CAREER NOTES Brockman started 129 of 131 games for the Huskies, becoming the 32nd player to score 1,000 points in a career, as his 1,805 points rank behind Chris Welp (2,073 points, 1984-87) on the school's all-time record list...His 568 points scored in 2007-08 tied Steve Hawes (1970-71) for seventh on Washington's single-season record chart...Made 718 of 1,345 field goals, ranking ninth in school history with a percentage of .534...Shot 61.2 percent from the foul line, making 369 of 603 free throws...Holds the school career record with 1,283 rebounds, breaking the previous mark of 1,051 by Doug Smart (1957-59)...That total also placed him fourth on the Pac-10 Conference career record chart behind Mel Counts of Oregon State (1,375; 1962-64), Bill Walton of UCLA (1,370; 1972-74) and Lew Alcindor of UCLA (1,367; 1967-69)...Became the first player in school history to lead the team in rebounds four times and joined Alcindor (446 in 1966-67, 461 in 1967-68 and 440 in 1968-69) and Walton (506 in 1972-73, 466 in 1971-72 and 398 in 1973-74) as the only players to lead the Pac-10 Conference in rebounds three consecutive seasons...His 370 rebounds in 2007-08 rank fourth and his 391 boards in 2008-09 set the school single-season record, topping the old mark of 386 rebounds by Hawes (1970-71)...Scored in double figures 98 times and had at least 10 rebounds in 67 contests, producing 61 double-double performances...Was the first Husky and only the fourth player in Pac-10 history to surpass 1,800 career points and 1,200 rebounds.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Snohomish (Wash.) High School...Rated the best prospect in the Best of the West poll compiled by The Long Beach Press-Telegram (previous top picks were Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce, and Richard Jefferson)...Listed 15th overall nationally and fourth among power forwards byTheInsiders.com and rated the fifth-best power forward by Future Stars...The Basketball News ranked him as the 19th-best overall prospect in the nation and was the top-ranked forward in the West, according to Scout.com...Lettered four times in basketball, twice playing alongside his brother, Paul...Averaged 30.2 points and 14.0 rebounds as a senior after posting junior totals of 22.4 points, 13.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocked shots and 2.0 steals...The 2004 All-State and All-League selection received high honorable mention All-American accolades in Street & Smith's magazine.
INJURY REPORT 2008-09 Season: Sat out the Portland State game (12/14) after suffering a right ankle sprain in practice the day before the contest.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS PRE-DRAFT TOURNAMENT: Invited to participate in the 2009 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament after the season and was named to the all-tournament team...In three games, he averaged 15.3 points and led all rebounders with a 16.3 per game average...Also shot .727 from the free-throw line (12th among all players)...Scored 24 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in the first game of the event.
PERSONAL Architectural Studies/Construction Management major...Played two years alongside older brother, Paul, at Snohomish High. Paul is currently at Bellevue (Wash.) Community College...Sister, Kirsten, played on the Husky women's basketball team (2001-03)...Born 3/20/87...Resides in Snohomish, Washington.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: While undersized for the power forward position, Brockman plays with good basketball IQ and is a tough, physical inside player who compensates for size issues with great strength, good balance and a tenacious attitude crashing the boards (first player in school history to lead the team in rebounds four times and the third to lead the Pac-10 in that category three-straight seasons)...Lunch-pail type who plays with a relentless motor...Strong inside shooter who consistently finishes around the basket (ranks second in school history with 1,805 points and ninth with a 53.4 field-goal percentage)...Likes to use his powerful frame to intimidate other forwards in the paint, as he is quick to gain position under the boards, especially on the offensive glass, where he registered 487 of his 1,283 career rebounds and will not hesitate to use his body to execute a block or box out a bigger opponent...Dominant presence in the post (converted more than 52 percent of his offensive rebounds into points)...Shows good court vision and is comfortable doing the little things (defense) without needing to have the ball in his hands...Strong, immovable object when he gains position under the rim, showing excellent rebounding skills off both sides of the glass...Lack of size is a concern, but he is a tenacious defender who uses his frame and lateral agility well to attack the basket as a cutter, drawing contact along the way...Has shown good consistency working in the post, as he has the loose hips needed to put in the turn-around jumper...Generates a strong drive to the basket, but is also capable of delivering a smooth spot-up jumper...Showed in the Portsmouth Tournament that he is capable of connecting his shots from the 15-20-foot range and demonstrated the release point and arch on his three-point attempts to be effective from that area at the NBA level...Is not the type who will make costly fouls, even though he plays a very aggressive game (has good court vision and basketball IQ)...Does a nice job of using his hands and throwing his elbows around to clear out the crowd in the paint and attacks the glass with the attitude that every rebound is his...Needs to improve his vertical leap (poor shot blocker, with just 18 blocks in 131 games encompassing 3,760 minutes), but has the standing reach, length and upper body power to out-muscle most opponents for the ball...Plays the defensive side of the game much like Chicago Ben Wallace - punish and dominate...Especially effective with his timing on the offensive boards, getting quite a few points on put-backs...Uses his body like a brick wall when asked to hold ground and box out in the post...Loves one-on-one confrontations, knowing his strength will let him drive to the basket at will...Has developed an efficient baby hook shot and when given room, he can also deliver a fluid reverse lay-up, thanks to his hesitation moves.
Negatives: Too short to play power forward in the NBA and needs to continue to work on improving his athleticism (especially his leaping ability) as his 6'7" wingspan is just adequate for a frontcourt player...Lacks range along the perimeter and is woefully untested there, having attempted just one three-pointer in his career...His touch working in the post is still a work in progress, but he has shown steady improvement...Good inside defender, but is sluggish moving his feet to get out on the perimeter opponent...Lacks the speed you look for in a possible shift to small forward and is a few inches shorter than you'd want in a power forward without great leaping ability...Does a good job of drawing contact, but has poor shooting mechanics from the foul line (61.2 percent free-throw shooter)...Has a nice release point, but needs to follow through better in order to improve his shot accuracy from mid range.
Compares To: LUIS SCOLA, Houston -- Always in a supporting role, Brockman would not have it any other way, as he is a Scola/Kurt Rambis clone who takes pride in his rebounding skills and ability to get the offensive putbacks while physically boxing out anyone that gets in his way. He is a smart player who won't make foolish mistakes, despite playing with good aggression. Like Scola and Rambis, he will make a nice living as a defender and situational substitute at a variety of front court positions earlier in his career.