A native of Marietta, Georgia, Jaylen Brown attended Wheeler High School, where he helped his team win a 6A state title. Brown was considered a top ten prospect in the class of 2015 by Scout and was a McDonald's All-America selection.
In one season at California, he put up 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. At 6-7, Brown played small and power forward at Cal and was known for his athleticism and attacking style of play to dominate defenders.
Cal had high expectations for the season as Brown teamed up with Ivan Rabb, another top recruit, but his team fell short in the first round of the 2016 NCAAs, losing to Hawaii. Brown earned All-Pac-12 and league Freshman of the Year honors.
On defense, Brown has good positioning and his athleticism and size allowed him to stick with different types of defenders. His size translates well to the next level and could allow him to lock down and control some of the better wing players in the league.
One criticism of Brown's game is his jump shot. Using a funky release, he hit only 29.4 percent on three-point attempts. If Brown can shore up his shot he'll be a complete player at the next level.