Jaylen Brown is a 6’7” two hundred twenty-five pound Small Forward who is considered to be a “Five Star Prospect” by college scouts and, more importantly for him, by professional scouts, as well.
In fact, this dynamic player has the kind of superior skill set that has all scouts believing he will be a “one-and-done” performer at the collegiate level. Jaylen Brown will play for the University of California in the soon-to-arrive 2015-2016 Season and then leave school in 2016 for the “instant riches” that will be available to him in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
If he follows that pattern, he will be doing what so many other top-level basketball players have done. That is, he will use college basketball as a stage that will enable him to showcase his skills so that he can make the “quantum leap forward” to stardom as a professional basketball player.
Jaylen Brown played Small Forward for Wheeler High School in Georgia. It was there that college scouts, pro scouts, too, noticed the young performer and all he could do on a basketball court. In fact, Jaylen Brown helped his team win the 2014 Georgia AAAAAA State Championship when he calmly sank two free throws with less than a second remaining in game time. His team won the game, and the championship, by a score of 59-58.
That last second performance cemented his reputation as a player who had “ice water in his veins.” It confirmed for scouts what they already believed. Jaylen Brown had what is needed to become a future star in professional basketball. The young, and still growing, player has continued to live up to that early success.
The truth is that Jaylen Brown played in the 2014 FIBA American U18 (under age 18) Championship game for the U.S. National team and earlier this year, in 2015, was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-gAmerican game. He has also been named a 1st Team All American by Parade Magazine.
Clearly, Jaylen Brown is an exceptional basketball player with a “golden” future. He opted to accept a scholarship from the University of California Golden Eagles even though most pundits expected him to play for the University of Michigan or the University of Kentucky.
He surprised the “basketball universe” and will join another “Five Star Prospect,” Ivan Raab, to turn the Golden Eagles into a formidable squad that should get a Top Fifteen ranking, perhaps even a Top Ten ranking as the new season unfolds.
The two top recruits will be joined by such returning players as Jabari Bird, Jordan Matthews and Tyrone Wallace to make this team a favorite in the PAC-12 to win the Conference tournament and to play a major role in the “March Madness” tournament.
Sometimes in collegiate sports it is not the rich that get richer. The University of California Golden Eagles lend credence to that statement.
Courtesy of USA Today Sports