Brown talks Huskies

Fresh off the brutal July AAU grind, Oakland, Calif. shooting guard Jabari Brown is flying high. The NorCal native was a key member of the star-studded Drew Gooden Soldiers, which in turn drew a cadre of college coaches wherever they played.

Despite a disappointing start to the summer AAU circuit, the Soldiers ended on a high note. "We didn't win the Peach Jam unfortunately," the 6-foot-5, 200-pound shooting guard told recently. "But we won the Fab 48 in Vegas so we finished strong."

Brown describes himself as "a scorer, a player who plays hard and can fill it up from anywhere on the court and loves to win". His reputation has certainly preceded him, as the athletic senior-to-be has incredible range and draws praise for his competitiveness. has him presently ranked as the No. 5 shooting guard in the country. He's also been working diligently in the off-season to improve his game.

"I've just been working on becoming more of a complete player and working on my point guard skills so I can play more of a combo role," he explained. Brown also singled out his effort on the defensive end as another area he's working to improve.

On the recruiting front, Brown has a host of offers from some national heavyweights: Washington, Kansas, Connecticut, Wake Forest, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Arizona State, and California have all tendered offers. Thus far he's visited Cal, Wake Forest and Maryland, though he'll be setting several more visits after he narrows down his list later this month.

"The recruiting process has been enjoyable," Brown said. "But now it's getting to the point where you don't really want to take all the calls. Sometimes it's stressful but it's for your future so you have to take it seriously.

"I'm going to be cutting my list down over the next few weeks."

As far as the Huskies are concerned, Brown already has a strong connection to the program. Brown and incoming UW freshman forward Desmond Simmons were high school teammates. They remain close friends.

"I played with Desmond Simmons and he and I are really cool still," Brown shared. "He just got up there a couple of weeks ago, so he's been telling me all about it and how much he likes it."

When asked about Simmons' recently trimmed dreadlocks, Brown refrained from passing judgment. "It doesn't look nearly as bad as I thought it would," he said with a laugh.

The Husky Coaching staff has clearly made quite an impact on the young phenom as well. "I have a great relationship with the (UW) coaching staff," said Brown. "Coach (Lorenzo) Romar, coach (Paul) Fortier and coach (Raphael) Chillious have all been talking to me.

"I wouldn't say I have any favorites, but I do like Washington a lot."

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