Las Vegas: Jordan Brown

LAS VEGAS — Play Hard Play Smart ended up in a back gym way out in the Vegas exurbs on Saturday morning, but Jordan Brown was worth the trip both for scouts and college coaches.

It’s far too early to size up the Class of 2018 from a rankings point of view, but one guy everyone knows will factor in is Jordan Brown. A slender power forward from California, Brown possesses the size, mobility and skill at an early age to suggest an extremely promising future.

Brown is a very easy call for high-major programs, and it doesn’t take more than a five-minute evaluation to arrive at that conclusion. In addition to his height and ability to run the floor, Brown possesses above-average quickness already — and that’s something that tends to improve for young big men — and a truly outstanding jump shot.

He faces comfortably anywhere from 10 to 18 feet and confidently knocks down shots. His free throw stroke also is very smooth, setting him up for high efficiency performances as he matures.

Brown’s recruitment undoubtedly will be intense. At a time when the window is closing for college coaches to watch players, major programs devoted their precious time to trekking all the way to Foothill high school to observe him.

Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley was on hand, as was an assistant from California, among others. Brown looms as a very important prospect for us to monitor going forward, and he projects as a potential elite in the rising sophomore class.

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