LAS VEGAS -- 2018 post Jordan Brown was largely quiet when it came to points scored in Play Hard Play Smart’s second game at the adidas Uprising, scoring 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds in regulation. But, in the final minute of the contest against Billups Elite, Brown hit two free throws to put PHPS ahead by two points – crucial, as Billups then hit two free tosses of their own to tie things up with three seconds to go.
[Coach Tracker: Who Are Cal Coaches Watching and Where?] In overtime, Brown scored four points, cleaned up the glass with four rebounds and added one of his two blocks on the game, powering PHPS to a 57-52 win in the 17U division.
“It feels really good to get our first win, because this is our first time at adidas, so it’s good to get our first win,” Brown said.
“It’s tough playing up, but this is what’s going to prepare him,” said Jordan’s father, Dion.
In fact, it was Dion who communicated the news of Jordan’s first offer to him – coming from California head coach Cuonzo Martin.
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“He told me that I got the offer, and I was really exciting,” said Brown, who scored his offer several weeks ago. Though Brown is just starting, with offers from the Bears, Nevada and San Francisco, Brown already knows what he wants in a college.
“I’ll be looking at the campus, the teachers, and what kind of support they can give me to help with my school work,” said Brown, who turned in a 3.8 GPA last year.
Brown is already liking Cal, which isn’t too far from his home in Roseville, Calif.
“I like how they recruit all the best talent,” said Brown, who looks for all the world to be shaping up to be one of the top big men in the 2018 class. “They got Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown, and I like how they recruit people who can work together, and they’ll be a good combo.”
Brown has heard rumblings that UCLA may get involved soon.
The currently 6-foot-9 Brown is projected to grow to 6-foot-11, and he’s already very physically mature. There are some rough spots in his game, but he’s got a hot motor and is very aggressive on the boards. His length is a huge asset, and allows him to stay in plays that he otherwise would have no right being in. he also plays very under control the majority of the time, and knows how big and how strong he is, which is not something usually seen in post players so young.