Jaylen Brown commits to California

After taking four official visits and multiple unofficial visits the nation's top prospect settled on his college decision.

Jaylen Brown, the nation's top prospect, informed Scout of his college decision late Friday evening.

"I have committed to the University of California," Brown told Scout.

Scout’s top ranked 2015 recruit picked the Bears over Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina and UCLA.

Brown took official visits to Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina. He also took unofficial trips to the other schools involved.

A highly regarded prospect, Brown was selected to the McDonald’s All-American game, the Jordan Brand Classic game and was on the Nike Hoop Summit team. To go with those selections, Brown won a Gold Medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championships.

With the addition of Brown, California has a top five recruiting class. Brown joins a class that also consists of five-star power forward Ivan Rabb and talented wings Tyson Jolly and Davon Dillard.

California assistant Tracy Webster was the point man on the Brown recruitment.

Experts' Take

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Brown makes his pick
Brian Snow: The great thing about Jaylen is he combines all the physical traits you want, size, athleticism, and strength, with a tremendous mental makeup. He has the look of an NBA player physically, and then he plays hard every time out on the floor, and mentally understands what it takes to be great from a preparation and work perspective. For prospects with his ability that is very rare. He is one of the safest kids in the class from that perspective because you know how driven he is to be as good as he can be and maximize on his physical gifts.

Rob Harrington: Brown could become one of college basketball's impact freshmen next season. Not only is he highly regarded for his long-term potential, he possesses the strength and confidence to hit the ground running at the next level. He may need time to cultivate a consistent perimeter attack, but his ability and desire to attack the basket and create contact should enable him to rack up points and pressure opposing defenses.

Josh Gershon: The best thing about Brown is that his worst-case scenario is as an athletic forward who can defend multiple positions at a high level and also have a lot of success getting to the basket. In reality, due to his competitive mental makeup and improvement as a scorer over the last couple of years, there's every reason to think he'll keep evolving as a shooter and scorer and do those things very successful in college as well. He has a big time frame with elite athleticism and is just scratching the surface of what kind of player he could be some day.

Evan Daniels: Jaylen Brown’s physical attributes stick out right away. He has good size for the wing position at nearly 6-foot-7. He’s a very good athlete, has a strong frame, is terrific in transition, has a lot of potential as a defender and is an improving jump shooter. Brown should be an immediate contributor at the collegiate level and has the potential to spend just one year in college before heading off to the NBA.


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