Top Recruit Gets Carolina Experience

Jaylen Brown picked an ideal weekend to officially visit Chapel Hill.

He had a courtside seat as the Tar Heels knocked off No. 5 Louisville in an electric conference tilt, and even spent some time in the student section during the game. He witnessed UNC’s pre- and post-game scenes, including locker room access. He toured the campus. He visited the Carolina Basketball Museum. He met with the players.

But when asked about the highlight of his weekend, the No. 1-ranked player in the 2015 class was quick to bring up the moments he spent with Roy Williams. Brown, who was accompanied on the trip by his mother, logged considerable time with UNC’s head man and found his coaching style and demeanor compelling.

“Coach Roy Williams is a great coach,” Brown said. “He said he wants to coach me. He's a great guy. He talked to me about how he would use me and how he would teach me as a player.

“Coach Williams is just a cool guy,” he added. “I get a good vibe from him. He didn’t tell me I was going to start, but said there was going to be an opportunity. He said in all his years of coaching he hasn’t promised playing time and I like that.”

As for his biggest takeaway from his 48 hours in Chapel Hill?

“I would say the tradition,” Brown said. “They have a lot of it. They have a family environment. A lot of people come back and give back to the program.

“That really stood out to me. They are very family oriented. They do everything based around their tradition.”

Brown has already taken visits to UCLA, Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia and Georgia Tech. After this past weekends visit, how do the Tar Heels stack up to the other schools on his list?

“Same as everybody else,” Brown said. “I'll have to think about it going forward with what I want and what I'm looking for. They stand just as good as everybody else. I'm glad they invited me down.”

North Carolina’s coaches turned up their interest in Brown in October and have been in heavy pursuit of the 6-foot-7 wing from Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler ever since. Williams has seen him multiple times this season and also conducted an in-home visit. While on campus, the Tar Heels mapped out their plan to recruit him going forward.

“They said they have two more chances to come see me to reach their five allowed during the season,” Brown said. “They have two more times to see me. They are going to come to a home game at Wheeler and then come in for an(other) in-home visit before I make my decision.”

The Tar Heel coaching staff also addressed the ongoing NCAA investigation with Brown.

“They said basketball wasn't involved but that they don't know what's going to happen,” Brown said. “They don't think basketball will get on probation and that they would let me know when they knew more.”

Brown said he doesn’t have a timeframe for making his college choice. He has, however, set up another official visit. Brown will take a trip to Michigan the weekend of Jan. 24.

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