When asked for an updated school list this weekend at the USA Basketball Mini-Camp, Jaylen Brown included the Tar Heels.
"The schools that are recruiting me the hardest are UCLA, Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia, Georgia Tech and UNC," said the 6-6, 200-pound senior from Alpharetta (Ga.) Wheeler. "Those are the schools that I’m talking to right now."
Brown, who has official trips coming up the next couple of weeks to Kansas and Kentucky, received a visit from UNC assistant coach Hubert Davis last week, according to a source.
"North Carolina came in a little bit late, but North Carolina is a great university and you can’t just knock them off the list," Brown said.
"You have to at least see what they have to say and maybe I’ll do a visit or something with them. Coach Roy is a great coach. It’s a great university."
UNC is expecting a decision within the next month from in-state small forward Brandon Ingram, a Top 25 senior that has made countless visits to Chapel Hill and been a top priority for Roy Williams and his staff for the last 15 months.
Ingram and Brown have had several epic - and evenly matched - head-to-head showdowns over the past year, first at the HSOT Invitational last December and then twice at adidas Uprising in July. The UNC coaching staff was in attendance for all three.
Carolina is just now entering the picture for Brown, and thus hasn't yet put on the full court press. However, Brown acknowledged that when he was younger he aimed to play for the Tar Heels.
"I always thought of myself as going to North Carolina," he said. "It’s a great university. That was my dream school growing up, believe it or not. They haven’t recruited me as much as I’d like them (to)."
Having elevated himself to become Scout.com's top-ranked prospect in 2015 after a stellar summer, Brown didn't do anything to discredit his ranking at the USA Basketball Mini-Camp this weekend. He was a man among boys, using his size, length, athleticism and strength to take defenders off the dribble and either get to the basket or pull-up and bury jumpers. Brown is also one of the top defenders in the class, and he's always a threat to rebound in and outside of his area as well.
With the November signing period only a month away, Brown is still weighing whether to sign then or wait until the spring.
“I haven’t decided, but these official visits are really going to tell a difference," he said. "A lot of these schools are great universities. The official visits are really going to tell me how I feel about the university and my comfort level.”
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