Detnews: Why U-M is a Factor for Jaylen Brown

The nation's top player, Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler forward Jaylen Brown, is in the home stretch of his recruitment and Michigan is one of the prime contenders. In a feature special to the Detroit News GoBlueWolverine's Sam Webb gives a comprehensive look at Brown's criteria, the factors in the Maize & Blue's favor, and much much more.

Early last month Jaylen Brown put a resounding capper on his high school career by nailing two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to give Wheeler a 59-58 victory over Pebblebrook in Georgia's Class 6A championship game. That steely showing was further confirmation that the talented youngster can pretty much do it all on the floor.

Clearly his talent isn't in question. Where he will put it on display at the college level is.

After collecting offers from high-major programs from coast to coast, Brown narrowed his list to Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Kansas, California, Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan. On Monday, Georgia, Georgia Tech and UCLA were eliminated.

Finding consensus on where things stand beyond that, though, has proven difficult because Brown's recruitment defies convention. Compared to most prospects he is conspicuously quiet about his process, and he places little importance on some of the factors that make or break a school's standing with other recruits. For instance, Brown hasn't been keen on speaking frequently with college coaches. To him, rapport-building complicates the process unnecessarily.

"I don't really need to talk to you about how I'm doing," Brown told "I already know what your school offers. I've been on a visit. I know you want to build a relationship, but I'm not sure if I'm going to your school, so I don't want to build that relationship yet. If we are building a relationship and I go somewhere else, it's a waste of time and a waste of everyone's energy. So I'd rather pick your school and then build a relationship."

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