adidas Nations: Day Three Notebook

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - adidas Nations continued on Sunday, with Jaylen Brown amongst the top performers of the day. The five-star 2015 prospect discussed his recruitment.

Brown has two visits in mind

It's been a long summer for 6-foot-7, 215-pound Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler small forward Jaylen Brown, who has steadily upped his stock and proved himself as one of the top prospects in the 2015 class.

While this weekend marks the end of the AAU and camp season for many of the adidas Nations participants, Brown still has plenty on his schedule with the Big Strick Classic on Aug. 9 in New York City, the Nike Global Challenge on Aug.13-16 in Chicago and the Elite 24 in New York City on Aug. 23.

Brown played through tired legs on Sunday, successfully attacking the basket throughout the day and making a lot of trips to the foul line. He rebounded well and made some nice passes in transition. His ceiling is amongst the highest nationally, regardless of class.

Fatigue and minor injuries are factors for many of the campers but with Brown still having a long month ahead, he's not complaining.

"I'm gonna just keep pushing through," Brown said. "It's my last summer so I can't complain; I'm not going to get this back. "

The day after adidas Nations concludes, on Tues, Aug., 5, Brown will check out UCLA, a school that has quickly gained momentum in the five-star prospect's recruitment.

"I just want to see the facilities, talk to the coaching staff and get to interact with the people there," Brown said. "When you're being recruited by a school you want to see how comfortable you would be there and the vibe you get. It's going to be good to see that."

After the UCLA visit, Brown still has at least one other school he wants to see.

"Kentucky is the only other [visit] I know for sure of right now," he said. "Coach Cal (John Calipari) is a great coach; he knows how to produce pros and keep them there.

"He's all about development. He tells me all the time that he's in the business of helping families and you've got to respect that."

There's no set timetable for Brown to make a decision, although he does have a potential date in mind.

"I'm not sure," Brown said. "I was thinking about making it on my birthday, Oct. 24. It just depends how I feel. If I'm ready to make my decision before that then I will."

adidas Nations Sunday Standouts

  • Dennis Smith continued his terrific weekend on Sunday, aggressively attacking the basket throughout his game against Team Howard. The extremely athletic 2016 point guard has dictated tempo whenever he's had the ball in his hands.

  • 2016 center Tony Bradley has played hard throughout this event and done a really good job defending and grabbing boards. His size and motor has allowed him to score a lot of easy points around the basket while picking up rebounds on both ends of the court.

  • Mario Kegler is one of the most versatile forwards in the 2016 class and uses his size, length, athleticism and motor to rebound and score on drives, but also can face up and knock down jumpers.

  • Always a sure thing as a producer, Thon Maker brought it as usual on Sunday morning. The athletic post got up and down the court in a hurry and was all over the defensive glass. He got his normal share of easy baskets in transition.

  • It's been a very productive weekend for 2017 power forward Billy Preston and he definitely continued that on Sunday night. His jumper is a serious weapon, but he also took opponents off the dribble and drew fouls and/or got to the basket.

  • Maverick Rowan is a skilled 2016 wing that can score with his jumper, knock down floaters or take the ball to the basket if he sees an open lane. His skill level for a rising junior is impressive.

  • It's hard not to appreciate the toughness of 2016 forward Rawle Awlkins. He's a strong kid that always plays very hard and uses his ball skills and strength to bulldoze his way to the basket.

  • Dedric Lawson had a nice game on Sunday night against Team Howard, using his size, length and athleticism to score on putbacks while also grabbing defensive rebounds and finishing in transition.

  • Payton Pritchard is one of the most complete point guards in the 2016 class. On Sunday he used his ball skills and basketball IQ to get by his defender, draw double teams and find the open teammate.

  • Justin Simon has had a nice weekend for the Team Howard. He's forced to score more than usual on his squad, but he's regaining confidence in his jumper and knocking down shots at a much higher rate than he did a couple months ago. He's one of the most versatile prospects in the 2015 class.

  • Jaylen Adams continued his strong weekend on Sunday night, as he used his ball skills and body control to get by his defender whenever he wanted, either taking the ball to the basket or finding teammates. He rebounded very well on defense and pushed tempo on offense.

  • Known as one of 2015's top shooters, Bennie Boatwright also did a nice job on the defensive glass, while taking the ball to the basket when the opportunity presented itself.


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