Cal forward Jaylen Brown drafted third overall overall by the Boston Celtics in NBA Draft

Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler five-star and former Cal forward Jaylen Brown becomes the 10th California Golden Bear to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.

SF Jaylen Brown, Drafted
Round 1, No. 3 overall
Team: Boston Celtics


Bio Info
Wheeler High School (Marietta, Ga.)
6'6.75" (without shoes)
223 pounds
6'11.75" wingspan
8'6.5" standing reach
5.1% body fat

Cal First-Round Picks
Darrall Imhoff, 1960, 3rd Overall
Phil Chenier, 1971, Hardship Draft
Mark McNamara, 1982, 22nd Overall
Kevin Johnson, 1987, 7th Overall
Jason Kidd, 1994, 2nd Overall
Lamond Murray, 1994, 7th Overall
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, 1996, 3rd Overall
Ed Gray, 1997, 22nd Overall
Ryan Anderson, 2008, 21st Overall

Notes: The Celtics, known for Draft Day trades, have told ESPN's Andy Katz that they will not be trading Brown. He will be playing for them this season. According to Forbes reporter Jason Belzer, Brown's rookie salary is projected to be a guaranteed $9,699,480, and up to $21,404,269.

Cal Career: A USBWA Freshman All-American and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, as well as the only freshman selected first-team All-Pac-12, Brown averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Golden Bears this past season. 

During his freshman campaign, Brown started all 34 games for the Golden Bears and averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He had a high of 27 points vs. Richmond and matched the total at Utah later in the year. Brown also posted four double-doubles over the course of the season and dished out a best of seven assists against Arizona. Brown helped the Bears go 18-0 at home, while enrolling in -- and passing -- a graduate school class.

Brown ranks among Cal’s top 10 on several school freshman lists, including points in a season (3rd, 498), scoring average (5th, 14.6 ppg), field goals made (4th, 163) and free throws made (2nd, 142).

Brown shot just 29.8% from beyond the three-point arc, and led the team with 108 personal fouls, fouling out four times. Over the course of five games early in the season, Brown had at least four fouls per game, and an aggregate one assist.

His 105 turnovers to 67 assists, to go along with the foul trouble and three-point struggles, are drawbacks, as is the fact that, over the last five games of the season, Brown shot 9-for-48 (18.75%) from the field. But, when Brown is right, he's a powerful, physical, athletic driver with a relentless work ethic. Since the end of the season, he's worked out on California's campus and in one session, hit 10 straight three-pointers. Arguably, his more physical brand of basketball translates better to the NBA than it does to the Pac-12, and college basketball in general.

His body control, particularly while in the air, is exceptional, as is his speed, as shown by his sprint up the sideline, covering the length of the court in 3.8 seconds for a lay-up against USC to polish off a 16-4 run going into halftime.

Defensively, Brown positions himself well, and his combination of size and athleticism allows him to defend multiple positions, from the one through the four.

"He has the potential to be the first pick in the draft," said his head coach Cuonzo Martin. "He has the size, skill and athleticism. I think his biggest strength is willing to learn and grow, and that takes time. I think he has the potential to be one of the 10 best players, before it's all said and done, whenever you hang your shoes up. He has that talent level."


"It takes 10,000 hours to be an expert at something. If it takes 20,000 hours to be great, I'm gonna put in 30,000." -- Jaylen Brown

"You've got a guy who's 6-7 and a half, 220, 225 pounds, can move the ball end-to-end, has a lot of tools, has a lot of skill, especially with a team like that, that has veteran pieces, it'll be great for him, because he's a guy who can pretty much do anything on the floor," Martin said. "Now it's just a matter of continuing to get better, continuing to work, because you're talking about Jaylen Brown at 19-years old, that's not what he'll be at 22, 23, 24. With an experienced team like that, they can fold him into the way they play, and he can guard the one through four positions, he can score the ball a variety of ways, he's a better three-point shooter than his percentage shows. I think it wouldn't surprise me. I think he'd fit in well with them." -- Cuonzo Martin on Jaylen Brown's fit with the Celtics

"He's got an NBA body, he's very good in transition, he can put the ball on the deck and drive it, specially from the elbow. He is not a great shooter, and he is not a great handler. Those are areas of skill that he's got to wok on, but he's got the physical tools in order to be a really good prospect in this NBA draft." -- Jay Bilas, ESPN

"Jaylen Brown is one of the best athletes in this entire draft. The game is a lot harder when you play on the perimeter and you can't knock down shots, but if he, in the gym, if he's working at that, he's going to be a guy in the league that can play both back court spots, as well as some small forward in the era of positionless basketball." -- Jalen Rose, ESPN Analyst

"Physically, he's ready. Skill-wise, I think he has a position that he can guard, right away. That's the one thing I think he can do right away. Mentally, I think he's as prepared as you can be for the rigors of what an NBA season is, an NBA lifestyle." -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim

"I love the guy. He epitomizes what it means to chase your dream, and build your life, and for him to come from Atlanta, all the way to San Francisco, to make that leap of faith, to see in Cuonzo Martin, to see in the University of California, Berkeley, in the conference itself and Larry Scott, to see what we have going out here, it's a huge risk and a huge gamble for him. He could have gone anywhere in the country. Anywhere. He comes out here. There's been other great players, but to see a young man at 19 to have his level of intellect, the level of poise, and perspective, and relativity, and to already understand the importance of a curious mind, willing to take a chance, willing to explore, willing to experiment ... I'm super lucky in that I live in the world of start-ups. I love the start-up world, and that's what athletes are. You start with nothing, and they've got to make it happen every day." -- Bill Walton

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