Jaylen Brown, one of the most highly touted prospects in the Class of 2015, has announced that he plans to trim his list of college choices by the end of this summer.
Brown hails from Alpharetta, Georgia, where he attends Wheeler High School. He is a 6’7″ small forward and is rated by ESPN as a five-star recruit. He is also ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 small forward and as the No. 8 overall player in the Class of 2015. However, 247Sports ranks him at No. 2 overall and Rivals.com ranks him at No. 3 overall. Brown has had a major turn around from one year ago. He certainly was not a top-three player. Last year he was ranked in the teens or closer to 20. He credits his rise and success to his work and dedication in the weight room and on his conditioning.
Brown has been performing brilliantly as of late. He averaged 23.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit with Game Elite. He then averaged more than 20 points per game at the Adidas Super 64. Furthermore, he was the second-leading American scorer at the Adidas Nations event.
Colleges have been taking notice. Brown has scholarship offers from Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, and UCLA, among many others.
Prior to going to the Adidas Nations event, Brown had only visited Georgia and Georgia Tech. Brown likes the fact that these schools are so close to home for him. They have both offered to do the same “Coming Home” campaign for Brown that Cleveland has done for LeBron James. “Those two are in my top five automatically,” Brown told CBSSports.com.
While in Long Beach for the Adidas Nations event, Brown was able to visit UCLA. Brown went on to tell CBSSports.com, “Coach [Steve] Alford is real cool, real down to earth, he’s been through the process. He’s been to the NBA, he knows what we go through. He’s had Atlanta players on his team. Jordan Adams, Tony Parker. I know them really well. I talk to them a lot, and they have nothing but good things to say about him.”
The next move for Brown will be to have his list trimmed by the end of this summer. Since he has only visited a few colleges, I would expect this to be a difficult process and that he may not meet his proposed deadline. I don’t expect him to narrow his list too much. He will probably keep his options plenty open.