Ryan Brown Traded to Waterdogs LC
Waterdogs LC has acquired attackman Ryan Brown from Atlas LC in exchange for the 11th overall pick in the 2021 College Draft.
This is Atlas’s third trade of the offseason, announced on the heels of Sunday’s deal that sent Paul Rabil to the Cannons. Shortly after the trade window opened, Rob Pannell was traded to the Redwoods.
Atlas receives: 11th overall pick in 2021 College Draft
Atlas LC head coach Ben Rubeor now holds six picks in the coveted 2021 College Draft. Six! He’ll be on the clock with the first, eighth, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 26th overall picks.
Each of those picks has a chance to make an impact. This is essentially a double draft class after several seniors opted for an extra year after a shortened 2020 season.
“I’m trying to get pieces that complement each other,” said Rubeor. “We can’t have all one type of midfielder. We can’t have all one type of defender. I want those pieces to work well together and I want to have variety in terms of the way we approach this thing.”
This roster will barely be recognizable in 2021. Seven veterans – Pannell, Rabil, Brown, Kyle Hartzell, Callum Robinson, Scott Rodgers, and Jeremy Thompson – are gone; rookies and incoming MLL talent will fill their roles.
Waterdogs receive: Ryan Brown
A league-high 57.6% of the Waterdogs shots were assisted. The problem? They converted 22.3% of those assisted tries.
Ryan Brown will change that.
The ambidextrous sniper has shot 29.5% on catch-and-shoot looks over his career. Brown can bury right- or left-handed from any release point. He can dunk from the doorstep or stretch the field to the arc.
“He puts constant pressure on the defense without needing the ball in his stick,” said Waterdogs LC head coach Andy Copelan.
Hedging from Brown is a no-no. Not even helping. Just hedging. If you think about helping, you’re toast. He’s already open – and the ball’s already in the back of the net.
“The ability to move him all over the offense and fade him out from the crease and pop him behind dodgers and set picks and play in that two-man as a picker or a pick-slipper,” said Copelan, daydreaming of offensive sets. “If you can surround him with a couple good feeders who play well off each other, then I think we’re going to have a lot of guys who are going to find themselves open.”
When that open man is Ryan Brown, the defense is in trouble. He won’t square up his defender and dodge, but against scrambling approaches, he can shimmy or sidestep to buy himself time and room.
The Waterdogs offense showed glimpse in 2020. Without a true hierarchy, the ball whirred around the perimeter. Drew Snider relentlessly screened and sealed interior defenders. They’ll benefit from a more regular rotation on attack (it’s impossible to work four or more attackmen into a 48-minute game) – and from Brown being on the receiving end of those stepdown opportunities.