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.
Not only is Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams the lone returning starter from a team that won the Mountain West tournament last season, but he’s also one of college basketball’s best dunkers. And if anyone may have forgotten about his jumping ability, Adams put it on display Saturday during the Cowboys’ win over Montana State.
After splitting two Montana State players at the top of the key Adams attacked the basket, dunking with two hands over a late-arriving help-side defender. If you’re going to rotate over, have to do it quicker than that.
Video credit: Wyoming Athletics
Even with the coaching change from Fred Hoiberg to Steve Prohm, No. 4 Iowa State remains one of the nation’s best offensive teams. Given their skills on that end of the floor many teams find it tough to go score for score with the Cyclones, and that’s what happened to Illinois in Iowa State’s 84-73 win in the Emerald Coast Classic title game.
Georges Niang scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, with Monté Morris adding 20, nine rebounds and six assists and Abdel Nader 18 points as the Cyclones moved to 5-0 on the season. The three-pointers weren’t falling in the second half, as Iowa State shot 0-f0r-12, but they shot 19-for-24 inside of the arc to pull away from a team that lost big man Mike Thorne Jr. late in the first half to a left knee injury.
Illinois’ loss of size in the paint opened things up offensively for Iowa State, and the Cyclones took advantage. But where this group grabbed control of the game was on the defensive end of the floor, and that will be the key for a team with Big 12 and national title aspirations.
Nader took on the responsibility of defending Illinois’ Malcolm Hill (20 points) in the second half and did a solid job of keeping the junior wing in check, with that serving as the spark to a 12-2 run that put the game away. There’s no denying that the Cyclones can put points on the board; most of the talent from last season is back and the productivity on that end of the floor hasn’t changed as a result. Niang’s one of the nation’s best forwards, and both Morris (who now ranks among the country’s best point guards) and Nader have taken significant strides in their respective games.
Iowa State will add Deonte Burton in December, giving them another option to call upon. Front court depth is a bit of a concern, as Iowa State can ill afford to lose a Niang or Jameel McKay, but there’s enough on the roster to compensate for that and force mismatches in other areas.
But the biggest question for this group is how effective they can become at stringing together stops. Illinois certainly had its moments in both halves Saturday night, but Iowa State also showed during the game’s decisive stretch that they can step up defensively. The key now is to do so consistently, and if that occurs the Cyclones can be a threat both within the Big 12 and nationally.