Jordan Brown has long been viewed as one of the top prospects in the 2018 class and the 6-foot-11, 205-pound power forward from Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek is in the gym trying to take his game to the next level.
Scout’s 6th ranked prospect in the class, Brown has a unique combination of size, motor and skill. Getting strong enough to take full advantage of his high skill level has been a focus for the five-star post.
“Jordan is continuously working on his skill set but he’s really working on his athleticism and strength,” said Jordan’s father, Dion Brown. “I personally believe that when he improves athletically and gets stronger, it’s all a part of improvement and I think that’s what people want to see.
“They want to know if he’s going to develop physically and then they want him to use that extra strength and be more aggressive if it.”
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Dion listed a handful of programs that have been seriously pursuing his son.
“We had a visit with Steve Alford and a UCLA assistant a few weeks ago and that went real well. I think St. John's is in the mix now; you can’t just ignore a guy like Chris Mullin. Those are the schools showing the most interest.”
The elder Brown broke down what the family likes about each of the aforementioned programs.
Cal: “They’re right here. The coaching staff, Cuonzo (Martin) is a good person, and it’s a really good school. As far as I’m concerned, they’re right up there. I’ve always been impressed by them. They’ve been very supportive and we have a good relationship. They’re going to be in the mix.”
Arizona: “It’s the tradition. They just landed DeAndre Ayton. I talked to Sean Miller and our conversation went really well. They’re one of the schools we want to get a visit to at some point in the future.”
Nevada: “We went down for an unofficial and the campus was a lot better than I thought. I didn’t know about the school before but I was really impressed by the campus, coach (Eric) Musselman and those guys, they were really impressive.”
Stanford: “We couldn’t help but be super impressed with the campus and tradition. I never had been there and I think we were all blown away. It’s all up in the air but coach (Jerod) Haase seems to be very interested in Jordan. We’re in constant contact with coach (Adam) Cohen.”
UCLA: “They’re one of the schools that we like. We want to get there on a visit to see the campus. I like the talk we had with coach Alford when he came down; he’s a real down to earth guy. We were all pretty impressed with him.”
St. John’s: “Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond, the tradition of St. John’s, the fact they came all the way across the country to see him shows the interest. I know they’re for real. (Mullin) seemed to be really impressed with Jordan and they came away liking what they saw. I would love to check them out at some point.”
Even though Brown has several schools targeting him, he’s more focused on his game than recruitment.
“I think it’s still early in the process,” Dion said. “The way I look at it is, Jordan is still a prospect. He’s still developing. I think a lot of kids are physically where they’re going to be at but Jordan is still developing, body wise, athletically and knowledge of the game.”