Coach Bob Huggins has been leaning on Brown for three games now and actually used Brown for 32 minutes in a loss at Mississippi State, though he later admitted he didn't give Brown enough rest. Brown was 2-for-6 and hadn't exactly righted himself in the first 30 or so minutes against Kansas State.
"I don't know why, but I was kind of out of it, but Coach Huggins told me to stay in the game and my time was coming," Brown said. "That's what I did. I put my head in the game and made a couple plays when the team needed them."
His first 3-pointer was followed by another catch on the perimeter, a shot fake and then a step in to set up an easy jumper. He made a 3 in the first half against Miami, but then used the same sneaky move the first time he touched the ball in a position to shoot in the second half.
The maneuver is something he had in high school, but something he's had to feature more now in college. When he played for Penn Wood High, in Lansdowne, Pa., Brown twice made the Associated Press PIAA Class AAAA All-State first team and mostly on the strength of his drives, mid-range jumpers, layups and free throws.
He's been asked to shoot more in college and he's worked his way to make 8-of-17 attempts this season, but that's earned him a reputation he's trying to disarm with the fake.
"In the scouting report, teams are trying to run me off the 3-point line now because I've been hitting my 3-point shots," Brown said. "Now I give them the up-fake and try to get one or two dribbles inside. If the big man steps out, then our big man is open and I can dish it off. If not, I've got a wide-open jumper."
Brown is more than a scorer and WVU needs more than his shots and fakes.
He averaged 7.2 rebounds as a senior and 6.5 as a junior in high school while scoring 20.5 and 18.7 points. Twelve 12 of his 21 rebounds this season have been on offense. Kilicli, who's played 76 more minutes, has 14 offensive rebounds.
Defense is somewhat new. Huggins emphasizes it in a way freshmen are never used to right away and Brown wasn't asked to do a lot of guarding at Penn Wood.
"They never put me on the best player," he said.
He's adjusting to the intensity and the teamwork Huggins demands and his minutes have gone up as he's adjusted. He's scored and rebounded better than Miles and played far more than McCune.
He's made the Mountaineers better, too. The more Brown is on the floor, the less Huggins has to use Bryant with fellow guards Jabarie Hinds and Gary Browne when Miles sits. WVU then has a better matchup with an opponent.
Brown's best ability, though, must be his consistency. Bryant believes he knows the result if the Mountaineers find one player to score, guard and rebound on the wing.
"We'll be dangerous," he said.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.