Elite 2015 prospect likely to wait until spring to pick a school

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This summer 6-foot-7 forward Jaylen Brown (Marietta, Georgia) cemented his status as one of the best players in the Class of 2015, with Rivals rating him as the second-best prospect behind Montverde Academy forward Ben Simmons. But unlike some other five-star players who have taken the step of narrowing their recruiting lists, Brown’s been rather quiet and with good reason.

While there are prospects who look to end their recruitment before the start of the high school season, there are others who would rather wait until the spring to do so. Reasons for this include wanting to keep tabs on the coaching carousel and early departures to the NBA Draft, with both having a significant impact on the roster the player could potentially join.

In an article written by Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it was revealed that Brown will take an official visit to Kansas on October 10. Also of note is the fact that not much has changed with regards to when Brown will make a decision according to his mother.

One last thing: Brown is still leaning toward waiting until after his senior season to reveal his college decision. One reason for the delay is that it will give Brown time to evaluate the tons of coaching changes and early NBA departures after every college season.

“Jaylen waiting until his senior season is still on the table at this time,” his mother said. “This is a very difficult decision and I want Jaylen to be at peace with his choice and not be rushed. I also want him to feel comfortable that his choice covers where he can excel in both academics and athletics.”

For each prospect the way in which they choose to handle their recruitment is up to them; there’s no one set way of navigating the process. It’s all about comfort, and if Brown and his family are most comfortable with waiting until the spring before making a choice that’s perfectly fine. Among the schools who have offered Brown are Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.

h/t ShockerHoops.net

AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.