Jaylen Brown’s been a touted prospect since his freshman year of high school. And now the Georgia small forward is consistently showing why he was viewed as an eventual upper-tier recruit.
Brown, a 6-foot-6 rising junior from Wheeler High in Marietta, Ga. – the alma mater of Terps forward Charles Mitchell – had a big weekend at the NBPA Top 100 camp a couple weeks ago, which earned him a significant boost in stock. He’s now the second-rated small forward and No. 6 overall prospect in 247Sports’ 2015 rankings.
He’s also performed well while touring with Georgia-based Game Elite, and averaged 17 points and seven rebounds as a sophomore despite recovering from a broken ankle. So, of course, plenty of schools are showing serious early interest, with Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn recruiting him the hardest thus far.
Maryland joins Louisville, Texas, Kansas, UCLA and others also recruiting Brown, who’s visited both home-state schools and Auburn this summer. He said it’s too early to rule out anything, but admitted the Southern schools could be more appealing when he begins to seriously consider his options.
“It could be [a factor]. I haven’t really thought about it a lot, but I could decide to go to school close to home,” Brown said.
Maryland assistant Bino Ranson has kept tabs on Brown, who said he’s talked to Mitchell, his former teammate, about Maryland basketball.
“I talked to him. He said they really want me. He said that’s all they talk about, getting me and [Wheeler teammate] Daniel Giddens,” Brown said. “He said a lot of people were coming up and asking about me.”
With the early Southern flavor of his list and the fierce national competition, it won’t be easy for Maryland to score Brown’s eventual commitment, though he did say he’s interested in learning more about the school.
“I don’t know much about it,” he said, “but it’s in the ACC and it’s definitely a good school. I’d love to check it out sometime.”