Brown talks busy June and recruiting
Five-star Jaylen Brown had one of the busiest Junes of any prospect in the country. He traveled to Italy, played with USA Basketball, and competed at the highest level. Now that it is July, Brown is back at it, and college coaches are tracking his every move. “June was crazy,” said Brown. “I wasn’t home for more than a day or two. I was traveling, playing a lot of basketball, and I think I just got a lot better.” One of the highlights for Brown of his busy month was heading out to Italy as a part of an adidas all-star showcase, and he definitely enjoyed the experience. “It was great,” said Brown of Italy. “We were playing against the top teams in Europe, we got to compete at a high level, and it was just a great experience.” Almost immediately after returning from Italy, Brown tried out for the USA Basketball U-18 team and made it. He was one of the top performers there, and Brown feels it showed everything he is capable of. “At USA Basketball I think I showed I can play a college type of basketball,” noted Brown. “Most of the coaches have only seen me in AAU and stuff, and for them to see me in a college atmosphere was great. We were pushed to the max every time we were on the floor and it was great.” Recruiting wise Brown has had schools like Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida Ohio State, UCLA, Kentucky, Louisville, and Kansas pursuing him for a while, and recently Duke got into the mix. About the Duke interest, Brown said, “Coach K was talking about coming to see me in July and building a relationship with me. It kind of started a few weeks ago which is a little late, but it is Coach K and Duke so you have to give them a chance.” One school that is further away is UCLA, but the Bruins have been very consistent with Brown, and he says he will visit there soon. “I will be taking an unofficial visit out there after adidas Nations in LA,” noted Brown. “My mom and I will see the campus and just get a feel for the school.” Also the Kentucky Wildcats have been making Brown a priority, and he likes the school quite a bit. “I talk to Coach (John) Calipari and Coach Kenny (Payne) once or twice a week,” noted Brown. “We just talk about what I need to get better on and how I would fit into their system. I am all ears and I am trying to learn from them.” At this point Brown isn’t set on a specific timetable for a decision. In fact during July Brown says he is just focused on basketball. He isn’t worried about who is watching him or potentially being the No. 1 player in the class of 2015. “I’m not paying attention to coaches in the stands,” said Brown. “You can’t pay attention to who is on the sidelines. If you do you aren’t focused on the game.” He continued, “I’m not out to prove anything. I just want to get better. I know I have a lot of things to work on before I get to college. I am just trying to tighten up on those things. I am not worried about being No. 1 in high school. If I get it, that is great, but I am focused on being No. 1 in the draft and being the best player I can be.” Currently Brown is seen as the No. 1 small forward in the country and the No. 4 player overall.
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