Scout’s 6th ranked 2018 prospect, 6-foot-11, 205-pound Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek power forward Jordan Brown prepared for the off-season knowing he would have a target on his back as a junior.
On Saturday at the NorCal Tip-Off Classic, the five-star post showed he’s ready for the challenges he’s going to receive from opposing defenses all year.
Brown was dominant in a win over Newark (Calif.) Memorial, scoring 27 points with 25 rebounds. He was clearly all over the glass, but also showed his versatile offensive attack, scoring with his back to the basket and facing up.
The junior played with an expanded aggression and toughness, using his improved motor and toughness to dominate the paint on both sides of the court.
“I worked really hard over the summer and I wanted to come out and show it,” Brown said. “I want to be a leader for my team and them to have faith in me.
“I’ve improved my overall aggression. I have a different confidence level after working hard over the summer and becoming stronger and quicker.”
“The Cal staff has done a really good job building a relationship with me. I like their coaches and how everyone on the team is a member of their family,” Brown said.
“I like coach (Jerod) Haase at Stanford; it seems like he really knows what he’s doing. UCLA is doing a good job and they came up here to watch me work out.
“St. John’s is all the way in New York and has come out to see me. Nevada has been by to watch our practices and they keep in touch.”
At this point there aren’t expectations for Brown to end his recruitment anytime soon.
“I’m not taking it too seriously right now; I’m mostly worried about my season,” he said. “I’ll probably wait until before my senior year.”