After a lot of drama surrounding his recruitment, five-star Class of 2015 wing Jaylen Brown committed to Cal on Friday night, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The news was first reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
A native of Marietta, Georgia, the 6-foot-7, 220-pound Brown is the No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals, and is one of the most college-ready players in the class. Brown selected California over his other finalists of Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina. During the recruiting process, Brown took official visits to Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Michigan and North Carolina.
A power wing with an improving perimeter game, Brown is one of the best long-term prospects in the class and some consider him to be the best NBA prospect of the 2015 class. The 2015 class doesn’t have a lot of one-and-done prospects, but Brown is best positioned to potentially be one of them because he already has the athleticism and frame to compete at the highest level on the wing.
With Brown in the fold, Cal has a monster recruiting class under head coach Cuonzo Martin that includes five-star big man Ivan Rabb, four-star shooting guard Tyson Jolly and three-star wing Davon Dillard. With the return of players like Tyrone Wallace, Jordan Mathews and Jabari Bird, the Golden Bears have plenty of firepower to make a serious run in the Pac-12 next season.
This spring, Brown was a McDonald’s All-American, played in the Jordan Brand Classic and also played on Team USA in the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit. Brown also helped the USA U18 team to a gold medal during FIBA Americas last summer and led Wheeler to a Class 6A state title in Georgia during his senior season.
Brown averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds per game during his senior season at Wheeler. On the grassroots circuit, Brown played for Game Elite in the adidas Gauntlet.