Over the past month, Trevon Brazile’s modest stock rapidly gained value, especially over the past week after a stellar showing at the Crossroads Elite Classic.
The Springfield native already owned a polished handle, while his jumper only needed minor mechanical tweaks. As a junior, he posted modest production for Parkview, averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Yet Brazile was in the midst of a growth spurt, adding four inches to his frame to reach 6-foot-8. While Brazile looked the part of a modern combo forward, including a 7-foot wingspan, it took time to grow into his body.
Competing among 80 of the best prospects from around the midwest, Brazile showed newfound comfort and the hallmarks of a fast-riser piquing the interests of Arkansas, Illinois, Wichita State, and Wisconsin. By this past weekend, blue-blood suitors such as Kansas and Virginia began sniffing around.
Quietly, though, Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin had been courting Brazile in the weeks leading up to his breakout. On Tuesday, he became the first high-major coach to extend an offer. Several hours later, Brazile snapped it up, committing to the Tigers and becoming the fourth member of the program’s 2020 recruiting class.
Brazile also announced recently he will transfer to cross-town rival Kicakpoo, where he’ll join up with his current AAU teammate and fellow MU pledge Anton Brookshire.
Let’s Meet Trevon Brazile
- Hometown: Springfield, Mo.
- High School: Kickapoo
- Position: Wing
- Ht/Wt: 6’7 / 180 lbs
- Rivals Ranking: NR
- 247Composite Ranking: NR
- Total announced offers: 2
- Offers to note: Montana State, Cleveland State
Brazile’s fluidity and athleticism stand out, and he looks at home operating on the perimeter. Moving forward, he can flex between the wing or combo forward spot, but unlike some stretch fours, Brazile’s not merely a floor-spacing option you park the corner. He flashes the ability to shoot off movement and attack closeouts.
Now, Brazile’s shot pocket sits a little low, but that’s correctable. It also becomes less of a concern, given his size.
At the moment, Brazile only tips the scales at 180 pounds, and his frame is lean. It’ll fall to Nicodemus Christopher to fill that out, but Brazile’s defensive potential might be most enticing.
Last weekend, his Yanders Law squad faced off against Phenom University, a Nike-backed program out of Wisconsin led by the arguably the nation’s top talent in Patrick Baldwin. For the most part, Brazile put the clamps on the No. 2 prospect in 2021, using his length to thwart Baldwin in the paint and serve as a rim protector rotating from the weak side of the floor. That length also comes in handy for creating deflections and winning the battle for contested misses on the glass. And as you can see in the film, Brazile made a habit of cashing in second opportunities.
Throughout the spring and summer, Martin and his staff have shown a knack for identifying prospects before they become household names. Shrewd scouting, however, hardly matters if that talent ends up elsewhere. After missing out on the likes of David Joplin and James Graham, quickly sewing up Brazile might be the break the Tigers need.
It’s also worth considering whether Mizzou would redshirt Brazile. Before opting for MU, he was reportedly considering a prep season, where developing his body would have been a priority. Even if the setting is Mizzou Arena, stockpiling a year of eligibility might be beneficial. On paper, the Tigers could face a minutes crunch among Javon Pickett, Torrence Watson, Kobe Brown, Ed Chang, Kaleb Brown, and Sean Durugordon.
What they’re saying
Missouri is loading up on Yanders Law players. Just landed the commitment of Trevon Brazile. A forward with upside— Brian Snow (@BSnow247) September 9, 2020
Kickapoo's Trevon Brazile had interest from:— Wyatt Wheeler (@WyattWheeler_NL) September 9, 2020
- Georgia Tech
Brazile told the News-Leader he chose Mizzou because it felt like a big family.
This young man from Springfield Kickapoo has tremendous, tremendous upside. https://t.co/1UHroBDM5d— Earl Austin Jr. (@earlaustinjr) September 6, 2020