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Jaylen Brown: Nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect to delay college decision

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Jaylen Brown, Georgia’s highest-ranked college basketball prospect in five years, is leaning toward waiting until after his senior season at Wheeler High School to make his college decision.

“I’m probably not going to sign or commit until after basketball season,” Brown told D1Circuit’s Alec Kinsky.

The 6-foot-7 small forward moved up from the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect to the No. 2 spot after a sizzling summer on the AAU circuit, per the 247sports.com composite rankings.

Jaylen Brown (AJC)

Jaylen Brown (AJC)

Scout.com has Brown rated at No. 1 nationally.

Which college is the favorite to sign Brown? He hasn’t named any leaders but Kentucky, UGA, Georgia Tech, Kansas and UCLA appear to be around the top of the list. Brown hinted that he may come out with a top 10 list very soon.

Brown is the highest-ranked prospect out of Georgia’s fertile recruiting grounds since Derrick Favors was the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2009.

Brown may be following a similar path in recruiting as Favors, who committed early to Georgia Tech but waited until the late signing period to officially sign a letter-of-intent with the Yellow Jackets.

Favors smartly held out until the late period because he had the leverage to do so – and he wanted to see if he could be impacted by any coaching changes (assistants or head coaches) or early NBA departures after the completion of the college season.

Both of the state’s top two basketball prospects last year made the mistake of signing in the early period, only to see their coaches take other college jobs after the season:

JaKeenan Gant transferred from Effingham County High School only a few weeks before his graduation to a prep school in Missouri, and ultimately decided to stick with Missouri, despite the coaching change.

Meanwhile, Aquinas high school guard Ahmed Hill signed with Marquette and opted to follow coach Buzz Williams to Virginia Tech.

Two other of the state’s top 10 prospects from last year also signed early with Tennessee and ended up going to other colleges after a coaching change: Whitewater’s Phillip Cofer (FSU) and Morgan County’s CJ Turman (Florida Atlantic).

  • Note: Earlier this month, Brown told CBSSports this about the two in-state schools: “After LeBron with the coming home campaign, it looks real good. Georgia Tech said they would do the same campaign, and UGA said the same. Those two are in my top five automatically.”

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– By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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