Brown talks visits, being No. 1

CHICAGO - Jaylen Brown shined during the first full day of the Nike Global Challenge. He also talked about his recruitment and what it means to be on top in 2015.

The newly minted No. 1 prospect in the class of 2015 is Jaylen Brown. Brown is at the Nike Global Challenge showing his combination of skill, intensity, and athleticism, and at the same time is setting in on more college visits.

No one has played more basketball this summer than Brown, and he is finishing it off at the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago. For Brown, he says he can rest later on in life.

“We like to say in our program that you can rest when you die,” said Brown. “I am young and I have my legs, so I am taking advantage of it. One day that won’t happen, so I am taking care of my body and I am still going.”

While Brown has always made it clear what his goal is, he does say that being named No. 1 in the class was an honor for him.

“It is a blessing to be named the No. 1 player,” explained Brown. “That said I can’t worry about it. I have to have tunnel vision and stay focused. You have to stay humble and positive and keep pushing forward because my goal has never been to be No. 1 in high school, it has been to be No. 1 in the NBA Draft.”

Recruiting wise, Brown took a recent visit to UCLA, and he said the trip went very well.

“It was great,” explained Brown. “The campus is beautiful. A lot of NBA players come back and work out at their facility and stuff like that. There is a lot of branding that comes in with UCLA, and it is like show time in basketball. Everybody knows you, and it is just crazy there.”

Brown said one of the highlights of the trip was how UCLA plans to use him on the court.

“They showed me how they are going to use me,” said Brown. “They told me I would be playing one through five. They want their best players to play all over because it makes them hard to guard. I will play in the post, I will bring the ball down the floor, and I will be playing on the wing. It makes it hard for people to match up with you.”

The next visit set for Brown is Oct 10 to Kansas for their Late Night at the Phog event.

“I’ve never really seen Kansas,” explained Brown. “Me and Coach (Bill) Self have a pretty good relationship, but I have a stronger relationship with Coach (Norm) Roberts, so I want to get out there and talk to Coach Self and check out the facilities and stuff like that.”

After that trip a visit to Lexington to check in on John Calipari and the Wildcats is very likely.

“I’m pretty sure I am going to Big Blue Madness whenever that is as long as the date works out,” explained Brown. “Coach Cal texted me (Thursday), and I need to get back with him and Coach (Kenny) Payne and set a date.”

In terms of other visits, some are possible, but nothing is quite set up yet.

“I also want to see Ohio State if I can, and honestly as many schools as I can because this is the biggest decision of your life, and I want to see all of my options,” said Brown.

About the Buckeyes, Brown said, “Coach (Thad) Matta is real down to earth. He is one of the most humble people I have talked to and you just get a good vibe from him. Also Daniel Giddens is committed there and we are good friends, and I like how they do things, so it is a place I want to see.”

Brown intends to sign early, but also says he has no plans to rush his decision and will make his choice when he is ready.

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