Brown Taking a Look at Kansas

Oakland (CA) 5-star sharpshooter Jabari Brown has his ticket in hand to head for Lawrence for Bill Self's Elite Camp in June. Inside, Aaron Cedeño tells you how the trip came about, and what Brown currently thinks about the Jayhawks as a possible future school of choice...

Prior to the start of the AAU season, Jabari Brown set a personal goal for himself, to firmly cement his place among the elite basketball prospects in the country.

Though the book is still being written on the Class of 2011, with the unveiling of Scout.com's most recent Top 100 list Tuesday it looks as if he is well on his way to doing just that – checking in at number 15.

"I said my goal at the beginning of the summer, the AAU season, was to be in that top 15 or top 20," said Brown, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard hailing from Oakland, Calif. "It's good to be there, but you always want to get better and you always want to go up. So I think I can still improve."

Known as an athletic scorer, Brown has developed a reputation as one of the deadliest shooters in the country with his play thus far in the AAU season of 2010. Here's what Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep had to say about him last weekend, at the star-studded Nike Elite Youth Basketball League event in Houston:

"The title of best west coast wing is his until someone snatches it from him. When he misses a 3, it's not by much. The young man is having quite the spring behind the arc and we know he's capable off the bounce. He's making his move."

Naturally, as word of such strong performances has spread, interest from college programs has intensified. In addition to holding scholarship offers from Arizona State, Cal, New Mexico, Maryland, Washington and Wake Forest, Brown is also receiving considerable attention from programs like Georgetown, Kansas, Oregon, Stanford and UTEP.

The Jayhawks got involved with Brown in recent weeks through another one of their targets, point guard Josiah Turner.

During a recruiting call to Turner, Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend mentioned in passing that they had a growing interest in his Drew Gooden Soldiers running mate. Turner passed along the information – along with Townsend's phone number – and Brown reached out to the coach.

The conversation not only confirmed the program's interest, Brown said, but resulted in an invitation to Head Coach Bill Self's Elite Camp in June. After making sure a trip to Lawrence would fit in with his existing basketball schedule, the elite west coast prospect booked a flight to the Sunflower State.

"I talked to Coach Self two days ago," he said, Wednesday night. "And he just let me know that they're really looking forward to getting me on campus for their camp. They want to build a relationship with me and my family."

At this point, Brown said, it's too early in the process for him to have developed a short list of schools to consider. Instead, every school to have extended him an offer or show sincere interest is being given a shot.

Though no timeframe has been set for a decision, expect the Jayhawks to garner serious consideration.

"It's a top program," Brown said. "They get guys to the league and they win championships. So yeah, I think it's a school I'd definitely have to look real hard into playing for at the next level."

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