Posted: 12:26 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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

By Michael Carvell

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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14 comments
Charlestondog
Charlestondog

Fox is "a great coach"?  Really.  Maybe he can teach, but he sure as hell cannot recruit.  I'm sure at some point McGarity hopes he fails so he can hire someone else -- Fox has had enough time at UGA to build a program and he has failed.  Yes, he had a good year last year but the SEC was down. 

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Yeah, this kids coming to UGA....and Lebron's coming with him. Keep dreaming doggies.

RangeRover
RangeRover

Easy haircut...just place a large salad bowl over the head and shave what's visible.

maconexpress
maconexpress

It saddens me when our best players leaves the state and represent other states. Come on Jaylen......represent us big man!

DIT
DIT

Not sure I would want him at UGA. Hear me out. Guys like this stick around one or two years tops. It's tough to get the chemistry of a team when guys stay for such a short period of time. Plus, hate to say it, but just like any good football player in the south should think first abot the SEC, then one of the best basketball players should consider the ACC first.

GTAlum
GTAlum

Or you can come to play for a good coach at a top school in the best basketball conference in the nation.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

UGa already has a fabulous coach......all he needs are a few great players to win bigtime. I hope Jaylen will be the one to open the floodgates with recruiting for his home state team. Good luck Jaylen......you will make a difference!!!

Columbus68
Columbus68

PLEASE go to UGA Jaylen!  Fox IS a great coach.  With players like you UGA CAN WIN!  IF you go, others will follow!  Pick UGA and dont wait last minute!  bring some more with you brother!  It is TIME FOR UGA TO GET IN THE FINAL 4 AGAIN and get a new arena and you can make it all happen!  ALL.  You will get yours no MATTER WHERE you go.  Give UGA and your HOME STATE SOME LOVE BRO BEFORE YOU GO TO THE NBA!

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

......and get one or two of your pals to join you. Overnight UGa would be a national contender. Take the lead and make a difference young man.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@DIT 

Fox has recruited one McDAA at UGA - KC-P.  He was not as highly ranked in HS as Brown.  Jaylen has one and done written all over him.

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

@Columbus68 I think you may need a mop for that puddle of desperation at your feet.