Here are five things to know about Jaylen Brown, the nation’s No. 2 overall basketball prospect. He’s a 6-foot-7 forward from Wheeler High School.
- What’s the latest? Brown is taking his third official visit this weekend to UCLA. His first two trips were to Kentucky and Kansas earlier this month. Kentucky appears to be the school to beat with 39 percent of the votes in the 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions, followed by UCLA at 32 percent. Brown will announce his college decision on April 1.
- Is Michigan too late to the party? Within the last few weeks, Michigan made a late entry into Brown’s recruiting race, and Brown’s family has been receptive to the tardy Wolverines. Brown’s mother told umhoops that he’ll take one of his two remaining official visits to Michigan: “He’s very interested in learning more about Michigan. That’s for sure; that’s a definite.” There’s a reason for Brown’s warm and fuzzy feelings toward Michigan: His family is from the Michigan area.
- Will UGA still get an official visit? That’s the plan right now for this month, according to his AAU coach. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Brown has yet to set a date with the Bulldogs – or reveal it publicly. So until the date is set, there’s always a chance UGA could get subbed out by another school such as North Carolina. UPDATE: Brown told Scout that “there’s no reason” to make UGA or Georgia Tech an official visit because both school are so close to home. It looks like North Carolina will get his fifth visit.
- Is Georgia Tech still in it? Brown has been tight-lipped about his leaders throughout the entire process. Georgia Tech was Brown’s first offer. But he’s not taking an official visit with the Yellow Jackets, unless something changes. That’s not good news. However, Brown will likely take an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech. And anytime you can get a recruit on a campus, you’ve got a chance.
- Is Brown part of a rumored package deal? Another elite recruit, Carlton Bragg from Cleveland, told reporters that he talked to Brown about being part of a package deal to a college. It’s not happening, per Brown’s AAU coach. “No, that’s not true,” Desmond Eastmond said. “It came from other players wanting to play with Jaylen. He’s definitely going to make his decision based on what he likes, and not for someone else.”