Posted: 1:02 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

State’s No. 1 prospect talks about why he likes UGA and Georgia Tech 

By Michael Carvell

Wheeler High School’s Jaylen Brown is the state’s highest-ranked college basketball prospect since Derrick Favors was the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2009.

The 6-foot-7 Brown is rated as the No. 4 overall prospect in the country for 2015, and he will likely move up after a stellar summer with his AAU team, Game Elite.

I had a chance to closely watch Brown at the UAA Finals this past weekend, and what can I say? He looked as good as advertised.

UGA’s Mark Fox and Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory watched Brown’s every move as soon as he entered the building.

They weren’t the only ones. The 5-star also attracted coaches from Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas, and Florida, among others.

Jaylen Brown has a visit planned next month to UCLA, and hopes to narrow down to three schools before the start of his senior season.

How big would it be for UGA or Georgia Tech to keep Brown around home? Huge. Monumental. Gigantic. He’s a rare kid who can immediately transform a program.

Brown had some nice things to say about UGA and Georgia Tech in the below video:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3691229835001

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17 comments
GoGT
GoGT

Tech is the better school and ACC is the better conference in basketball.

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

Here's a recruiting pitch for Georgia - it's not sexy, but it's true:

Mark Fox is widely regarded as a great X's and O's coach and incredible at player development. He had Nevada in the big dance and finished 2nd in the sec last year despite having no 4 or 5 star recruits. He's only gotten to coach 3 elite players since he got to Athens - Trey Thompkins, Travis Leslie and Kentavius Pope Caldwell. They were all drafted by the NBA. He's 100% on making sure the elite players get proper basketball development and getting them to the league.

Come to Athens, you're immediately the star and you play huge minutes. You play Kentucky and Florida - scouts WILL see you.

GoGT
GoGT

You can sure tell the uga writers on the ajc! Atlanta IS the hometown and GA TECH is the HOMETOWN college! Carvel asks about Tech as an after thought. Shame on Carvell!

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

Umm Carvell, the AJC is the "home town paper" for Atlanta where Georgia Tech is located.  It's not located in Athens.

glsjunior
glsjunior

He'd be better served by going to GSU, the best program in the state.

TampGator1
TampGator1

How can an obvious one and done recruit transform a basketball program at any school?  You would have to be like Kentucky and sign 5 one and done type players every year.

jeantoby4891
jeantoby4891

Come on Jaylen give UGA some love, Mark Fox has Georgia right there just need the players

HotDawg
HotDawg

Keep up the good recruiting momentum Mark Fox.

MTaggart
MTaggart

Has Lew Alcindor committed anywhere yet? Isn't UGA high on his list?

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

I would love for him to stay in state, but he will probably go pro as soon as he can so he's not someone who will play at a college 3-4 years......hopefully I'm wrong.

96JB
96JB

Don't count on it. Dawgs and Jackets of late always get that " second tier" of talent in the state. When the Dukes, NC and Kentucky's of the world get in his ear, it's over.

GTBob
GTBob

He used to be a GT lean. That faded over time. Now it looks like Kentucky is probably the team to beat for him.

OriginalATLien
OriginalATLien

It would be nice if one of the state schools obtained his services for a couple of years. I doubt he lasts beyond 2.

jeantoby4891
jeantoby4891

@96JB I'll take second tier anytime if they stay and play 3-4 years

GTBob
GTBob

@iamlistening He is almost certainly a one and done which is why I won't be that upset if we don't get him. I loved getting Favors but he didn't really do all that much for our program. If you can't recruit one and dones consistently, then getting them every once in a while is just a tease with little benefit.